About the Book
Author: Rachel Hauck
Release Date: February 2020
An invitation to join The Fifth Avenue Story Society gives five New York strangers a chance to rewrite their own stories.
Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.
Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.
Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.
Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.
Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.
When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.
Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.
Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.
She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club. She is also the recipient of RT’s Career Achievement Award.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
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My Review of The Fifth Avenue Story Society:
I wanted to read this book because the back blurb sounded so interesting, so I was a tad disappointed that it took me awhile to get into the book. I felt, for me, it started out a little slow; however, I would encourage anyone else who feels that way to keep reading because by Chapter 11, I found I couldn’t put it down. I think the author had to start it slower than some other books in order to whet our appetites for the complexities of the characters, not to mention the list of main characters was five and secondary characters added even more length and depth. There were so many quotable moments from this novel and I would definitely not describe it as boring. The way the author showcased Jett’s childhood and heartbreaking memories to Lexa’s escape mechanisms … she did an excellent job describing and bringing the reader into each character’s past but also dropping clues for an amazing conclusion about their present and future. By the end of the book I loved each and every character for many different reasons … and I loved the twist about Coral, maybe, most of all. The twins’ birthday parties were written so well, I could literally see Trudy’s face. This is a book I am recommending to my friends to pick up and read. This is the type of book I want to read more of in the future.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.
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