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The Writing Desk~ an exquisitely told love story~Rachel Hauck's BEST BOOK EVER!
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2017
I was drawn to The Writing Desk because of it's beautiful ethereal cover. It made me want to open the pages of the book and find out what was being written at the desk and by who. Rachel Hauck took me on a fantastic journey that transported me to two different time periods. Both stories by themselves were fascinating reads, but intertwined together as they were only multiplied my enjoyment of her exceptional storytelling.
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.