I have been a fan of Rachel Hauck's books for many years, loving every one of the unique stories she creates. This book is different in that there are five main characters, all from very different backgrounds and life experiences. She expertly describes each one so vividly that I felt a connection right away to all five of them. If I hadn't had other commitments, like going to work, or the need to sleep, I'm sure I would have not put this book down and read it right to the very end in one one sitting.
Each of these five people received an anonymous invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society to be held at the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library. All were puzzled about the mysterious invitation, however, all five attended that first meeting. The invitees are Jett, a Professsor of Literature at New York College, Lexa, the Executive Assistant to the owner of a successful fast food corporation, Chuck, an Uber driver, father of twins he was estranged from because of a restraining order, Ed, a older gentleman and a widower determined to write a love story about his life with his deceased wife, and Coral, the owner of a large cosmetic company and from the well-known, wealthy family that had actually built the library. Jett and Lexa had been married, but were divorced; Jett and Chuck had shared a jail cell overnight fairly recently after an unfortunate incident at a wedding that caused a fight they got involved in, otherwise, they were all strangers and wondered who invited them and why. Upon arrival, the librarian directed them to the designated meeting room with the comment to "Discover your story."
All five, although still unsure of the purpose of the group, and who invited them continued to come each week. As the weeks went by, they became more transparent with one another, telling of their individual stories. The stories of each of them was fascinating and especially seeing how the bond between them developed as time went by. This is a beautifully written, heartfelt story that will stay with me for a while. I could hardly stop turning the pages until I reached the end, and then I felt sad it was over. I hope other reader will love this book as much as I have.