Have you ever had a book hangover? I get them every now and then, but I think this one was the worst I’ve had in awhile. I had to wait two days to start a new book. I know that may not seem like a lot, but for a girl who can read a book in a day, and sometimes more than that, it is very rare to have a day where I’m not reading. But I was just so enamored with this book and attached to the characters. I needed time to say goodbye to them in my own way and in my own timing. Special readers, you know what I mean!
About the Book
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.
Wow. Just wow. This book was all I wanted and more. I had a huge book hangover when I finished it. In fact, it took me a couple of days before I could even being reading another book, and that is rare for me. I was completely blown away by the storyline, the characters, and that desk!
The desk was my favorite “character” in this book. It held stories, secrets, dried up tears, hours upon hours of someone using it to pen a novel. If only the desk could talk…..and yet it did. Obviously not in the way we do, but it was an integral part of the story. I think one of my favorite scenes was when Jonas came to pick up the table and first met Tenley. I laughed, quite a bit actually. From that moment on I became invested not only in where to desk was going, but how Jonas and Tenley might spend more time together and continue the dynamic they had going.
Ms. Hauck has mastered the art of providing two stories in one that tie together in such an unexpected way. I’m not sure who’s storyline I was enjoying more, Birdie or Tenley. Birdie has this passion, and new exactly what she wanted out of life, while Tenley was almost the opposite – she needed lots of direction and had some growing to do. Their stories balanced each other out perfectly, leaving this reader very satisfied and interested in what was going on.
The thing that I love about Rachel Hauck’s books are that she is easily able to tie the gospel into the storyline. And when you see that at the end of the story, you can look back and see glimpses of where it appeared earlier, and the parables that she had used in a mighty yet subtle way. She has a unique way of getting the reader involved in a way where they cannot ignore what is being presented. She is not too preachy, which I think is great for the more secular audience. Just another way for them to hear the word.
I highly recommend you start reading this book today. It will be well worth your time. Just be ready for that book hangover when you are done! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
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.
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.
What book have you read recently that gave you a book hangover?