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The Writing Desk

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,652 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of secrets, romance, and two women bound together across time by a shared dream.

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?

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2017 by Zondervan (first published July 2017)
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
2.5 stars

I had a very hard time connecting with this book. The premise held such promise for me, but the story fell flat.

The story is told through two timelines – if I could, I would rate the ‘past’ timeline 3.5 stars and the ‘present’ timeline 1.5 stars.

I didn’t like any of the characters in the present day story. The main character, Tenley, bothered me the most. I found her character whiny, spoiled and rather annoying. The housecoat was one of the most irritating and unbelievable parts of th
Jill Croce-McGill
Wow! I couldn't put this book down... I loved it!

Rachel Hauck hit it out of the ballpark with this captivating story about 2 women trying to find their way in this world. You will find moments of laughter and sadness with hidden dreams that were lost and found. This was absolutely flawless!

Birdie lives in the early 1900s and has a strong love for writing. Her mother is very controlling and has specific plans for Birdie's future, she wants her to marry a man for money instead of love. But, Birdi
Deanne Patterson
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck really captivated my attention. Very hard to put this fast paced page turner down!Featuring a dual time line, which I love in books the stories take place a century apart but actually have a connection. Two very strong women are trying to prove themselves in the writing world. Birdie,is from old money and was born during the Gilded Age. I just loved the rich and sumptuous descriptions here and the elegance. She uses the desk to pour out her thoughts and fears but ...more
An intriguing story, set on a dual timeline, featuring two fledgling writers a hundred years apart. A stand alone novel with characters whose stories seem unconnected, except by an old desk.

The past story begins in 1902-3 New York, among the social elites, the old "Knickerbockers". In a time when American heiresses were being matched up with English Lords who had titles and estates in need of cash flow, Birdie is under a lot of family pressure to marry according to her family's wishes. All she
Melissa Tagg
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love love love love love! Honestly, it's rare that I read a split time book and like both the historical and contemporary storylines equally...usually I end up loving the historical story so much more. But this time, I'm so happy to say I adored both! And the way both storylines are woven together near the end...ahhhh, so good. Love the writing, love the characters...Birdie, especially! And I can't help loving the way Tenley's storyline so perfectly captured the not-so-glittery side of being a w ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I simply loved this book! The plot seemed so very original. For an avid reader, sometimes it seems so many books are so familiar, but not this read.

The characters seem so real. Tenley, Jonas, Birdie, Eli, and the secondary characters are all wonderful and create a great story that centers around an old desk. I love books that switch back and forth to different time periods.

This book was like a layered dessert.The first bite begins, and you enjoy it. As I delved further, each layer is more bewitc
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The Writing Desk has inked its way onto my favorites list – for 2017, of course, but also the all-time fave comfort books that I pull out and reread when I’m feeling blah or when I just need the hug of the familiar.

Tenley and Birdie in many ways are versions of each other in another era. At least at their core. When it comes to love. When it comes to their mothers. Connected through time via one man, a host of novels and a writing desk, Birdie and Tenley have a story for all of us. Of what it me
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This dual-timeline novel pulled me into its pages and simply didn’t let go! When I finished the book, I felt as if I’d lived two different lifetimes. Both stories, present and past, were so compelling. I enjoyed the contemporary storyline and wondered how things were going to work out for Tenley. She seemed to be digging herself into a hole as she struggled to be the amazing author that everyone touted her to be. And the Gilded-Age story from the past…romantic sigh!!! I just absolutely did not s ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t want to fangirl over this book so much that you all ignore what I have to say. But, I loved this book so much that I think the only way to adequately describe my feelings is to share my facebook status that I posted just after I finished reading.

Okay, my bookish peeps… I rarely demand you go buy a book but I sat here blubbering like a kid over this ending. You cannot miss this book. You can’t! Like, go buy it or we can’t even be friends!!!

I fell in love with the characters, with
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finally understand what everyone has been raving about! I may be a late bloomer but I'm definitely on The Writing Desk's cheer team now! Especially cheering because this is a dual timeline story. Birdie with all the pressures of belonging to the upper class during the Gilded Age and Tenley with the pressures of living up to the expectations that come from belonging to a literary family. There are interesting parallels in these two heroine's stories though a century separates them. Difficult mo ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?

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 missi
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tenley wrote an amazing best seller. Her father and grandfather were also best selling authors. So with the deadline for her next book looming, Tenley must make up her mind, go to Florida to help her estranged mother or go to Paris with her boyfriend. She needs inspiration to remove her roadblock. What she finds is nothing like she expected. An old desk with a stuck drawer, a local carpenter who wants the desk, and renewed relationships help change Tenley in ways she never imagined.

I loved this
Cara Putman
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet story, with split time stories one involving a debutante in the Gilded Age and the other modern day. In classic Rachel Hauck fashion the stories intertwine in unique ways with characters I loved. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tenley wrote an amazing best seller. Her father and grandfather were also best selling authors. So with the deadline for her next book looming, Tenley must make up her mind, go to Florida to help her estranged mother or go to Paris with her boyfriend. She needs inspiration to remove her roadblock. What she finds is nothing like she expected. An old desk with a stuck drawer, a local carpenter who wants the desk, and renewed relationships help change Tenley in ways she never imagined.

I loved this
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars TOP PICK
Hauck has penned another gorgeous story about two female writers, separated by time and circumstance. Spiritual content is beautifully integrated and makes the story meaningful. Mistakes and heartbreak are a reality in the tale, as in life, and make the characters relatable. Attention to historical detail places the reader in the midst of early 1900s New York with all of its challenges, especially for young women like Birdie who have drea
This book was amazing. I can't say enough about it. I absolutely adored it.

There is something about the way that Rachel Hauck writes that just pulls me into her books. I get lost for hours. As much as I've loved her Royal Wedding series, her stand alone novels are probably the ones that stay with me. I love the depth of the past meeting the present. I love how the main character, Tenley in this case, has to make a decision that is similar to the one Birdie is forced to make. I love how each woma
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In this book the author tells a story of a woman striving to prove herself to others and to her own self.
I loved how Rachel Hauck gave us a glimpse of life in the 1900s and the struggles it was to be a young girl wanting to be and do what she felt called to do, not what society or family told her she should do. Within this story Rachel Hauck also wove the life of a young girl in the 21st century who has connections to the past.
Both girls were striving to find out who they were and what their li
Kara Isaac
Another brilliant dual time romance from Rachel Hauck featuring great characters and an intricate surprising story. I think it may even be my favorite of hers yet!
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Rachel Hauck's books and when I see one offered, I immediately push the "request button". However, this one, not so much. It was still a good read, but I just didn't feel the connection with the characters as much as I usually do when I read her books.

I did, however, love Birdie. Her ambition and heart had me rooting for her throughout the whole book while she went through the trials of her daily life. And, what a life! A woman who only wanted to write and to marry someone she loved. Her
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful story of two women finding their way in life. I love how the two stories intertwine to create a story of love, pain, forgiveness, and happiness. A must read. *I received an advanced copy of this book*
Miriam Lozano
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read other Rachel Hauck books and they always leave me feeling happy. Her stories combine past experiences of her characters with the present in a way that helps us understand the meaning of "deja vu". The Writing Desk is no exception.

Tenley Roth's first book has become a bestseller and now her publishers are expecting a follow up book to keep the momentum going. Fear and doubt creep in and so does writer's block. She is being pushed on all sides; her fiance, her mother. her past. When h
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book focuses on two women, Tenley's story takes place during modern times. Birdie's story is a historical.

Tenley is floored, literally, when she receives a marriage proposal right before she receives a prestigious writing award. Suffering from writers' block, she struggles with making decisions - should she go to Paris with her boyfriend or travel to Florida to care for her estranged mom. Isn't it too late to try and fix their broken familial relationship?

Birdie wants to publish her romance
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review coming closer to release date, but this is Rachel Hauck's BEST BOOK EVER and I predict it will make everyone's best books of 2017 list. Could not have loved it more. PERFECTION!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow. Beautiful story.
As an author myself, the title of this book and the captivating image on the cover was enough to pull me onto the first page with ease. To find out a good portion of the book takes place in Florida was only made better when I discovered the town in Florida was Cocoa Beach, my metaphorical backyard.

As a sophomore novelist struggling to find inspiration, Tenley is a relatable character with quirky habits, superstitions, and ideas about how to course correct her ship floating aimlessly in turbulent
Amariah Dixon
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is certainly a bittersweet feel to the story. The author is a very good writer and compelling. The story itself is pretty fast-paced. The ending made me happy for the most part. It was satisfying overall, and had a nice redemptive message to it. More-so a little before halfway does the story pick up more

Tenley and Birdie both got on my nerves a few times, especially with how weak-willed Birdie was for a relatively good portion of the story. In Birdie’s situation I can understand why she w
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75⭐ ...more
A few of my student readers have said that this is Rachel Hauck’s BBE—Best Book Ever!
Marguerite Gray
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A writing desk brings two women across a century together through secrets and fraud, love and lose. When it seems one has found the answers, more mysterious tidbits twist what is truth. Will honesty and love win or will there only be pain and lies? Hard to put this one down.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rachel Hauck’s most recent novels have all featured a present-day romance and a historical romance, with something that connects the two.

No prizes for guessing what the connection is in The Writing Desk …
In the present, Tenley Roth has just won a major writing award, but she’s convinced she’s only won because she’s the great-great-granddaughter of the author for whom the award is named. Not to mention that she’s just a hack who wrote a romance novel, and she’s exactly zero words into the manuscr
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 4 May 06, 2017 09:20AM  
New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..

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