The Writing Desk, by Rachel Hauck, tells the stories of two women who lived in two different centuries and who shared a creative passion. Tenley Roth’s book was a huge success and she is now facing a deadline for her next book. But, there is a problem. She has writer’s block. There are other problems, too. Her boyfriend has proposed and asked her to accompany him to Paris. Her mother, who left her when she was a child, tells her she has cancer and needs Tenley to leave Manhattan and come to Florida to care for her. Birdie Shehorn, a child of privilege, lived in Manhattan, too, during the Gilded Age. Her dream was to be an author and to find love, but her domineering mother had other plans for her. Tenley forgoes Paris and goes to Florida. It is in the library of Tenley’s mother’s house that she finds an old writing desk with a jammed drawer that has a unique history.
Tenley and Birdie are well developed and fascinating characters. Their individual stories are intriguing. They both grapple with serious issues as their lives take unforeseen paths.
Precisely crafted and emotionally stirring, this book is well worth reading.
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