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The Fifth Avenue Story Society

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  218 reviews
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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 2020)
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Nancy Carey Yes, Rachel Hauck is a well-known author of Christian fiction. I haven't finished the whole book yet, but I am finding the first references to God…moreYes, Rachel Hauck is a well-known author of Christian fiction. I haven't finished the whole book yet, but I am finding the first references to God about a third of the way through it. One of the characters is feeling the presence of God, and says that God has given someone a second chance. (less)

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Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ), superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

An invitation to join
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jett, Lexa, Chuck, Coral, and Ed receive a mysterious invitation to Fifth Avenue Story Society. None of them know the reason why they got an invitation and almost all of them are reluctant to continue attending the meetings. However, they return every Monday night out of curiosity and they start developing a friendship. Each of them has a story and painful pasts. By then end of the book, they become a freer version of their former selves and find love, forgiveness and most of all friendship.

My new favorite Rachel Hauck book! Loved a magical library where healing and friendships happen. Loved being a fly on the wall for the journeys of these 5 characters. I think my favorite was Ed & his testimony of sacrificial love in the face of many hardships. This story made for a really enjoyable Audible listen. And it was fun for me (as an English teacher) that the head of the New York College English Department was named Renee ;)
Rachel Hauck was on my to-read list for a while now, but this was my first read by her and know I understand why she is a favourite among my book-reading friends.

This story about 5 strangers receiving a strange invitation to a story society was intriguing and the author executed it well by the way she introduced the characters, hinting at their stories but slowly revealing more as the story develops. The story jumped between the characters, but it was never confusing and the flowed well between
Cara Putman
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Hauck is well-known to her fans as an author of books with compelling characters, heaven invading earth, and a romance that will win your heart. With The Fifth Avenue Story Society, Hauck delves into the space of our greatest wounds and how confronting them brings freedom, healing, and hope. She accomplishes that with a story told from five characters’ perspectives, each one rich with the possibility of more constrained by the chains of the past. The characters’ search for freedom points ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
When five strangers, Jett, Lexa, Coral, Chuck and Ed, out of the blue get invited to the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library, they don’t understand what’s going on. Gradually they get past their insecurities and start sharing some of the stories of their lives. These strangers with no previous connection come to trust each other, pour their hearts out and wrestle with each other’s stories to get to the truths.

This story starts with background stories of each of the invited. Each has past
Natalie Walters
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving beyond the stunning cover, this book delivers a story that'll enchant every book lover's heart. A special invitation has been delivered to five unsuspecting individuals for purposes unknown until they each begin to share their story.

I really enjoyed each character and the way their lives intersected with one another. Well-developed and memorable, each storyline was unique and carried a theme specific to the character and the emotional/professional/physical challenges they faced. There's
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, rounded up
I love Rachel Hauck's writing style, she draws me into the story and I am captivated until the end. This offering is intriguing, but there are a couple of things that didn't work that well for me in this novel.
One, you really need to have read The Writing Desk fairly recently (or remember it well) to get the full impact Jett's storyline. His research into one of the main characters of that book are a major plot point, and I can see how one would be bored during those parts
Karen R
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Every day we tell, listen to, live and breathe stories."
Set in New York City, this interesting mix of characters from different walks of life are brought together by a mysterious invitation to a "Story Society". Their stories unfold and the group quickly forms friendships, helping each other in ways they would have never imagined. There is a connection to the story from The Writing Desk, but the book is a stand alone.

"We want to be seen, heard, and loved."
This author definitely knows
Melissa Borsey
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, endearing srory about 5 strangers brought together by an invitation received out of the blue for reasons unknown, to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. This turns out to be a place where strangers become friends and I loved getting to know them all. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this delightful book.
This is a story with an unusual situation that hooked me from the beginning. Five different people receive an embossed formal invitation to attend a story society meeting at a Fifth Avenue literary society. There is not a postmark...they just appeared to each person. They are all strangers but for two people...Jett Wilder, an associate professor of literature at New York College and his ex-wife, Lexa Wilder, an executive assistant of an up and coming gourmet hamburger restaurant. The rest of the ...more
Robin Hatcher
I was captivated by this story from the first paragraph, and my heart soon became invested in the lives of the various members of the Fifth Avenue Story Society. It’s magical. My favorite Rachel Hauck novel to date!
Dawn Teresa
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nora St Laurent
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I savored this delightful journey through the eyes a unique cast of characters and the dilemma they find themselves in. Each is at a turning point in their lives that will change things forever, when they get an invitation to meet at the Fifth Avenue bookstore. Right away I loved the atmosphere, I liked the characters and how each of them tries to figure out why they got the invitation, what’s their connection?

Once I gave up my expectations about the society, who sent the invitations and what
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
I was so intrigued by the idea of five different people receiving mysterious invitations to a library. Each character had a compelling story to share, yet hesitated to reveal their authentic selves. The wounds and the heartache examined within the pages of The Fifth Avenue Story Society are struggles real-life readers can relate to. I became deeply invested in these characters and had to keep reading to see how they evolved through their journey in the story. No spoilers of course, but I must ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book! It was kind of hard to get into it in the beginning but as I read on it got better and better.
Five people get an invite from all over the city out of the blue.
I think my favorite scene was at the beginning. I can relate to what happened. I'm not a big fan of crowds either but I would respect my friends and show up either way it went. I kind of had to snicker at how and where they ended up.
I love Rachel's books. I love her stories and how they can be very realistic and
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ooooh, I loved this book! It was a little slow at the beginning, but once we got about a third of the way through, there was no putting it down. A very carefully woven tale with several moving pieces that somehow all came together PERFECTLY, with the ending I wanted, without feeling forced or cheesy. Oooooo, it was adorable and amazing!

The Fifth Avenue Story Society presents us with five unique individuals, all with their distinct personalities and also each a distinct trademark, a childhood
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed
While I thoroughly loved Ms. Hauck's Royal Wedding Series, I have yet to find another book or series of hers that I enjoy. Suffice to say that includes this one.
Mine is not a popular opinion but that it's mine is enough.
For starters, this was more of a clean novel than a Christian read. Yes, there were religious overtones sprinkled with a heavy hand near the end but the rest of the book didn't reverberate the faith.
What caught me the most was how I didn't care to know about the lives of the
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck is a most delightful Christian contemporary novel that will warm your heart and soul.
Five invitations, five people in need of friendship, all with God-shaped holes that need filling. Monday nights became the highlight of the week as they each grasped hope. “Hope was a powerful salve.”
Each person needed to let go of the past in order to move into the future. They each need love and encouragement to face the truth of their pasts. The truth will set
Donna (More Than a Review)
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You have five very different individuals that receive an invitation to an old New York Library.
Lexa’s story was interesting in that she could remain friends with her boss after the way he treated her.
Jett was a professor and tortured by the loss of his brother. He is also a writer with a very serious dilemma on his hands. It was also interesting
I enjoyed how we met Jett and Chuck in the beginning. Chuck had a difficult family situation. I found it interesting everything he could learn as a Uber
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Reading this book, I found a little of myself in each of the 5 major characters; Ed, Jett, Lexa, Chuck and Coral. I wish I could just live in the book. It was perfect, interesting, tear-jerking, inspiring, heart touching and a great faith builder.

In the pages of this masterpiece I met Ed, Coral, Chuck, Jett and Lex. Thier story was one of the sweetest stories I have ever read. Not because it was perfect and pristine but it was real, touching and very relatable. I found bits of myself in each of
Shelley Lawrence
5+ stars
Oh my goodness, what an absolutely delightful, refreshing, insightful story that I will long remember. This story is about an invitation, relinquishing secrets from the past, and finding freedom and new life. I am bowled over at the creativity, uniqueness and beauty of this story.

The Fifth Avenue Story Society reveals that we all hold hurts and secrets from our past that we carry into our present. They color our vision, dim our view of the future, and hinder us from living our best
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'It's odd how some things have to be broken before their value and worth can be discovered.'

New York. Five strangers receive a mysterious, anonymous invitation to a meeting of The Fifth Avenue Story Society. Each are familiar with the library, but have never heard of the Society. Not one of them knows where the invitation came from, either. But all five show up. And they keep coming back week after week. Chuck, Jett, Lexa, Coral and Ed all have deep hurts in their lives and none want to share
Patti Pierce
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Hauck does an amazing job of creating characters and story lines with depth that pull the reader into the story. The fact that there are five main characters adds to the depths of this story. I loved how each character had their own battles they need to fight. Friendships of a lasting variety are formed and bonds are created.

This book illustrates the power of God without being “preachy”. Rachel Hauck does an excellent job of showing the light of God through Cora. If asked if I had a
Sherry Deatrick
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Rachel Hauck has hit it out of the park with this tale of five very different characters who come together under mysterious means to form the Fifth Avenue Story Society. In it, everybody has a story but the question is, how do they relate?
This book is complex, fascinating and unpredictable. I loved getting to know each character and trying to guess the reason they would have been invited to join the society. Overarching the story was the supernatural element of the
Chautona Havig
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have You Ever Been Drunk on a Good Book?

I’m not sure what else to call the mind-numbing stupor that has taken over me in the hours after finishing this book. The only reason I’m writing the review now is that I’m afraid I’ll forget some of the things I want to say.

This is only my second Rachel Hauck book, and while I really enjoyed the first, I was kind of afraid to read another. Too often first books by over-recommended authors are um… disappointing at best.

I’m so grateful that this book was
Dawn Teresa
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Precious. Timeless. Capsules of life and history. But the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library was not about closed books. It was about open lives."

When we meet Jett at the opening of The Fifth Avenue Story Society, the New York literature professor is in jail. He had too much to drink at a friend’s wedding reception (he has issues with weddings which we’ll learn about) and stepped in to defend a bridesmaid from unwanted advances from a groomsman. He spends the night in jail with a man named
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 ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before you do anything else, go put this book on your TBR pile! However you keep track of the books you want to read…whether you add them to Goodreads or you write them down…do it now. You need to read The Fifth Avenue Story Society.

This is a story that you will never forget. Five New Yorkers receive an invitation to join the Fifth Avenue Story Society. Any of them could be any of us. On the surface, they seem very different from each other. An executive assistant, literature professor, senior
Carole Jarvis
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The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck is a moving story that goes on my “best of the best” list. The bookstore setting is atmospheric and charming, the characters rich and endearing, and every word of the prose is to be treasured. It’s a story of friendship, renewal and second chances, with a few heartwarming moments that moved me to tears.

The anonymous story society invitation goes out to five characters from various backgrounds
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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, and Career Achievement Award, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, was made into an original Hallmark movie.

The Wedding Dress has been optioned for film

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