- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (July 11, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310341590
- ISBN-13: 978-0310341598
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rachel Hauck has done it again, taken an inanimate object and used it to explore our feelings. In this book she uses the writing desk and takes us from past to present as the main characters, who are authors, deal with what is going on in their lives---love, forgiveness, grief. -- Naomi, Goodreads Review
“Two strong women from two different eras, both writers facing unpleasant futures, share many similarities as they strive to achieve their goals regardless of any obstacles. And it all starts with a very special writing desk. Best-selling Hauck’s latest faith-based book has wide appeal.” (BookList)
“Hauck has penned another gorgeous story about two female writers, separated by time and circumstance. Spiritual content is beautifully integrated and makes the story meaningful.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, TOP PICK)
About the Author
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck
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The modern day story has successful author, Tenley Roth, experiencing writer's block and considering if she'll be a "one hit wonder". Tenley finds the perfect writing desk on a trip to Florida to help her mother, Blanche. But the desk won't be the perfect place to write for long as it's been sold. When the desk's new owner comes to claim it, she meets Jonas Sullivan and rounds of hilarious banter begin. She calls him Cocoa Beach, he calls her New York. Tenley's quirky behavior and quick-witted one-liners had me laughing so much I had to stop and highlight them so I could go back and reread them later. Tenley and Jonas have terrific palpable chemistry together. There is, however a serious side to this story. Issues of rejection, abandonment, wrong choices and forgiveness are just a few of the things Tenley and Jonas struggle with. I love that Tenley wasn't portrayed as being perfect. She makes mistakes, but she's still a likeable character. Jonas' past wounds keep him closed off from future relationships until God breaks through, I loved that too. Excellent believable character portrayal of both.
The early 1900's story has Birdie Shehorn's life planned out for her and her having little say about it, as was the social norm of the day. Birdie wants, first and foremost, to be a writer, spending her time writing away in her attic hideaway. Her mother puts a stop to that and insists she marry. Birdie gives little importance to her obligation to marry well and doesn't want to marry unless it's for love. She meets the titled Elijah Percy in England and then again later in America when he comes to claim a bride, prearranged for him while he was away at war. A bride of wealth to rescue his failing ancestral home in exchange for a title. Birdie and Eli's story is so charming, full of unrequited love and battles against family duties that took precedent over anything else, including happiness.
The stories of these two couples are woven masterfully together because of the writing desk. Even though their stories are more than a hundred years apart, the historical background and the events that later take place tie them together with a common thread, making for a stunning page-turner!
The Writing Desk has everything to offer. It's romantic, it's historical, it has mystery and suspense, and it's funny! All the elements that make this story so wonderful came together perfectly. Rachel Hauck has written her BEST BOOK EVER! I couldn't have loved this story more! Perfection! I was thinking about it long after I finished it. I predict The Writing Desk will be at the top of everyone's Best Books of 2017 list! Thomas Nelson has published one fantastic story and I appreciate them making a copy of The Writing Desk available for review.
Elizabeth "Birdie" Shehorn refuses to marry a man she doesn't love, especially since she's already deeply enamored with someone else. But in Gilded Age New York, she's virtually powerless to stop her parents' trajectory for her. Birdie hopes to carve out independence for herself through writing, but the journey toward that goal contains more twists and turns than the most complex novel.
Tenley and Birdie, as two similar but distinct heroines, captured my attention from page one. They're both writers aching to know if their gifts will hold them in good stead--something I've gone through myself dozens of times. Both have urgent needs, but mostly rely on their own strength to meet them, which results in heartache and sometimes complete disaster. Without being preachy, Rachel uses Tenley and Birdie's successes and failures to point to God as the ultimate Provider, if we will only trust Him. However, that's not to say her heroines are cardboard. They are instead well-developed, relatable women who could easily be the next people you meet in your everyday life. Tenley especially had my empathy throughout the story, even when she does something incredibly stupid.
Rachel's secondary characters jump off the page as well, though perhaps not as much as they could. Jonas and Elijah are the two main ones, and they both make wonderful heroes. But others, such as the great Gordon Phipps Roth, Rose Gottlieb, and Birdie's mother (what a piece of work), lend excellent flavor and depth to The Writing Desk. Tenley's mother Blanche and the huge, loving Sullivan family are some of my favorite secondary characters; I wish Rachel had had more time to spend with them.
The Writing Desk's plot is ingeniously crafted. It looks simple, and indeed, there aren't as many twists as say, a Julie Lessman novel or as much action as a Candace Calvert medical drama. But there were plenty of little surprises along the way, ones that made me say, "Wow, I did *not* expect that!" Birdie's storyline has one of the bigger and more dramatic ones, but Tenley gets her share, too. I also appreciated that for both characters, Rachel didn't just stop at "happily ever after." The book ends well, but some things are realistically left without perfect resolutions.
I would have changed a few details. For instance, I wanted to see Birdie's career take off in a different way than it did. I almost wanted her to become completely financially independent so she wouldn't feel pressured to marry. Elijah's great, don't get me wrong, but I didn't know enough about him to root 100% for their love. Maybe 95%, but that's probably nit-picking. Additionally, I wanted to know what became of Tenley's career in the end. I wanted to see her reach inside herself, dig as deep as possible, and craft another real hit. But again, can't have everything. Overall, The Writing Desk is a true pleasure to read, one of Rachel Hauck's best books.
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