The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
Genre: romance, contemporary
Date: July 11, 2017
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A
Tenley Roth is an author. She’s actually a legacy, with a father and grandfather who were both known for their writing craft. Not only that, her first book was a massive bestseller, garnering her praise, buzz, and coveted writing awards. She is, without a doubt, the golden girl of the literary world.
The problem she’s having is that her second book is now due and she is nearly crippled with writer’s block. Unable to get a single word on the page, she is mentally paralyzed and she lives in near permanent anxiety over the knowledge that she is about to let every single person in her life down in a big way.
Birdie Shehorn lived nearly a century earlier and had tremendous talent as a writer. Unfortunately, she was born at a time when women were not only unwelcome in publishing, but expected to do little more than host parties and be socialites. This world chafed at Birdie’s existence. The only thing she wanted to do was write.
Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her modern day royals series and have been a faithful fan ever since. The Writing Desk does not disappoint. Though there were moments Tenley drove me crazy (yeah – the bathrobe and slippers and no shower thing bugged me) these were also the things that kept her real for me too. More than just a simple character in a book, Tenley had very real fears, very real struggles and yeah – very real body odor. (LOL sorry – I had to do it!)
One of my favorite part of Hauck’s books is the way the characters struggle internally. The choices they need to make in order to move onto the next point in life is something we all can understand. No matter who you are, you can find something to identify with in her characters as they grow and learn.
The way Rachel wove together the two stories was intriguing and entertaining. Bouncing between an earlier century and now, the disparity between the lives of the two women is exactly what ties them together. Hauck spans the decades with ease and grace, making us care about both of these women. Her insight into the publishing world (both then and now) gives us a little glimpse into the pressure that writers are under with each release.
If you haven’t read Rachel’s books before now, give this one a try. And if you’re a Rachel fan, you definitely will not want to miss this one.