Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Fifth Avenue Society
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.
My thoughts: Over all, I liked this story quite well! I enjoyed that it centers around the lives of five people who need a second chance at life, some of them needing a second chance at love. The synopsis left me a little confused at first, since two of the character aren't strangers, but do know one another (just pointed that out to clarify for others who read it). I loved the idea that the room in the library invites them in to become friends and share their hearts with one another. This story is hard to put down! There are quite a few twists and turns throughout, which makes it a fun read. It does deal with some difficult issues though, so be warned there are a couple of triggers. I don't want to spoil the story, so leave me a comment if you need to know more about those.
The message of redemption could of played a bigger part in the story, in my opinion, but otherwise it was a good book.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
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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 pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.
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