Monday, February 10, 2020

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck: Excerpt and Review

ABout the Book

Book:  The Fifth Avenue Story Society

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction

Release Date: February 4, 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.

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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; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.
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My Thoughts

I thought The Fifth Avenue Story Society was an inspiring story. The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck has five people receiving invitations to join the Fifth Avenue Story Society on Monday at 9 p.m. at the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library in the Bower Room.  Lexa, Jett, Chuck, Coral and Ed all show up and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the Bower Room.  It is like stepping back into the nineteenth century.  No one knows why they received the invitations or who sent them.  After the first meeting, they all agree to return the following week.  Each week this diverse group of individuals meet and begin to share their lives. Each one of them has something in their past that continues to haunt them.  To bare ones most innermost secrets takes time and trust.  Each one of them has a story to tell.  As they share their stories, it will heal their hearts and souls.  
The Fifth Avenue Story Society is a charming story.  I enjoyed reading every word.  I thought The Fifth Avenue Story Society was well-written with developed characters.  Jett Wilder is an associate professor of English at New York College who has been working on his dissertation.  Jett has not been the same since the death of his brother, Storm.  Coral Winthrop owns CCW Cosmetics and is known as the runaway bride.  She was to marry Prince Augustus of Lauchtenland, but she backed out on their wedding day.  No one know why and everyone wants to know. She is also having trouble with her company. Chuck Mays is an Uber driver who is divorced and unable to see his twin children.  He misses them terribly and is ashamed of the reason why he cannot visit them.  Ed Marshall wants to write about the love of his life.  He has trouble getting the story down on paper.  Lexa Wilder is executive assistant to Zane Breas who owns ZB Enterprises.  Lexa does the work of a CEO and wants the open position for herself.  Lexa just needs to ask Zane.  She is also the ex-wife of Jett whom she still loves.  Five diverse people come together in the Bower Room each week.  As they get to know each other, they look forward to the meetings where they share their lives and food.  The story alternates POV between the five characters.  The story flows beautifully from person to person as we get to know them and what they are hiding.  We learn about their struggles, their hopes, aspirations and their secrets.  I enjoyed the description of the Bower Room with all the wonderful books, the fireplace, and the beautiful furniture.  I wanted to snuggle in one of the chairs with one of the books from the shelves.  I like how everything the story came together for a special ending.   My favorite line from the book is, “Every day we tell, listen to, live and breathe stories.”  Rachel Hauck weaved a heartwarming and uplifting tale.  
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Read an Excerpt

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