“The Writing Desk” by Rachel Hauck

Jul 24, 2017 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Rachel Hauck’s newest release, The Writing Desk.


As is my custom, if I could ask Rachel one question about The Writing Desk it would be — “What made you pick a writing desk to be the common thread throughout the book?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!

From the Back Cover:

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.


Rachel’s Back Talk: 

5 – award winning covers

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This is probably one of my favorite books! I know — I say that a lot 😉 Maybe it’s because I felt a personal connection with the main characters who also happen to be writers. Or maybe it’s because I’ve actually met Rachel Hauck and she is one of my favorite authors. I love, love, love her writing and the way her stories completely capture me. This one was no exception.

This story jumps back and forth between two main characters. One is set in modern, today time and the other is set in the Gilded Age. Sometimes, I find this to be confusing and will connect to only one of the character’s story. The Writing Desk was different and I completely fell in love with both Tenley and Birdie’s stories.

Tenley is a girl just like you and me — she is trying to decide what she wants to do with her life and she is afraid to break out of the mold she finds herself in. Then she takes a step in an unknown direction and finds herself because more of a person she really like and spending it with the people who she cares about. And then enter Jones. I love his character and the role he plays in Tenley’s life! I also like how the reader gets to know Jones too and understand some of the motives behind his choices.

Birdie seems to be struggling like Tenley, however, because of the time she lives in, she doesn’t have the same freedom as Tenley. It was interesting to read about some of the struggles that Birdie had to go through to be with the man she loved and also to be able to follow her dream!

Like I said, I loved this book! Go, read it. But be forewarned, I had to read it in two days just so I could find out what happens to Tenley and Birdie!


I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required — all opinions are my own.


Other books by Rachel I will read next:

The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Chapel

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