As a long-time fan of Rachel Hauck’s books, I was excited to get my hands on her latest, The Fifth Avenue Story Society. Once again I found a story I had difficulty putting down.
Unlike most novels, The Fifth Avenue Story Society features five main characters, most of whom are perfect strangers. Each of these people has received an anonymous engraved invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society that meets in the heart of New York City. Despite their skepticism, curiosity compels each of them to attend the first meeting where the mystery deepens. Why were these five particular people invited when they apparently have absolutely nothing in common? Yet something brings the group back together week after week as they begin the slow process of getting to know and eventually growing to care for one another.
The author has constructed a captivating tale with unique and well-developed characters who are emotionally broken in different ways and in need of the truth in their lives. It was a joy to see these people with very little in common grow to be friends who both challenged and supported the others and helped point them toward the truth that would heal their lives. The book was not overly preachy but the reader can clearly see the master hand at work in the background.
The Fifth Avenue Story Society may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love that Hauck is not afraid to tackle the gritty issues of life and often uses a fictional touch of the supernatural to guide the way to the Lord.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
|Book: The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 4, 2020
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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.
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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.