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The Fifth Avenue Story Society

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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

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 2020)
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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 ;)
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
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 dont understand whats 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 others stories to get to the truths.

This story starts with background stories of each of the invited. Each has past issues
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.

Cara Putman
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

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. Its 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 and
Caitlyn Santi
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-nanoremo
An absolutely lovely novel!
It has been quite a while since I've read a book by this author but something about the description of this one intrigued me! At first I wasn't sure about the alternating POV from five different characters, but I'm happy to say that it totally worked for this story! I was enthralled with all of the characters' individual stories, though I think I found myself most closely connecting with Coral's story. These are definitely characters that I will be thinking about for
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally! My first book read by Rachel Hauck. I have been wanting to read her stories for years but never seemed to have the time to get to them. Well, that all changes today! I will make the time to get to her backlist! That is how much I loved THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY!

Five strangers receive an invitation to join THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY. Jett, Coral , Lexa, Ed, and Chuck have no idea why they were chosen. The very different characters drawn together are all troubled, as we learn
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has sent me into a swoony dither of bibliophile delight! I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I started reading but Hauck delivered so much more than I anticipated. Absolutely love the whole idea of the mysterious Fifth Avenue Story Society. Loved the gentle hints that led to some startling conclusions about it's origin and function. :-) And the way the story is built up around the lives of these five strangers brought together for some unknown reason -- well, it all totally ...more
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
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.
Karen R
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Five people, Ed, Lexa, Jett, Coral, and Chuck, all receive a strange invitation to take part in the Fifth Avenue Story Society located in an historic, New York home private library on Monday nights. This mixed collection of people include a widower, a wealthy socialite who owns her own business, a divorced limo/uber driver, and a divorced husband and wife. There seems to be no connection, but each of them is somewhat of a loner and has a dark secret that keeps them from moving forward in life. ...more
Rachel McMillan
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit of romance, a little bit of lost love, a little bit of ambition and culture and the ties that bind humanity, The Fifth Avenue Story Society is surprisingly prescient given world events that are forcing us to find numerous creative ways to engage: with art, with literature, with each other.

I sensed Hauck's' passion not only for the city of New York but also for books and bookish spaces. For readers of Katherine Reay and Karen Hawkins, this is the perfect cozy read with a cup of tea
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
This creative tale of friendship, community, and second chances follows five New Yorkers as they meet under mysterious circumstances and form a sort of club together.

I enjoyed following the characters as they each attempted to navigate uncertainty in their lives and decide on the next steps they should take.

There was the stirring and hope of romance for these characters as the novel progressed. Letting go of lies, hidden truths, and guilt was an important step for each of the characters, as
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never know what to expect when I pick up a Rachel Hauck book. Every single one is totally different and unexpected. I do love this cover! This story has A LOT of characters but surprisingly it is fairly easy to keep up with them all. I really enjoyed the story society aspect and how it pulled all of the characters and pieces of the book together. Coral and Jett are my favorites simply because of their personalities and perspectives. While I was expecting a little stronger faith aspect some ...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. Its magical. My favorite Rachel Hauck novel to date!
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, 2020
How people take pictures with dogs all of the time baffles me. Swipe through for a better picture of the cover and some bloopers I got while attempting to take this photo.

Im so excited that I didnt let this one sit on my shelf and got to it relatively quick after preordering it last month! I love Rachel Haucks books and this one is no exception!

The Fifth Avenue Society is a Christian fiction novel that follows a cast of 5 characters on different journeys of life. They are each anonymously
Hallie Szott

Five strangers receive a mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. As they meet (and then, week after week, continue to meet) to discover the purpose behind the invitation, they soon discover that their time together is exactly what they never knew they needed.

I love a story that brings people together for reasons they do not know. The Fifth Avenue Story Society reminded me of And Then There Were None in that waybut obviously without all the murder. Instead, it offers much more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the stars. This book gets all the stars. I adored this book from crusty old Ed to broken Coral, from Chuck and Jett and Lexa and how their stories intertwined. It was simply a charming, charming story. With each character holding a secret, I drawn into their stories and lives and how they formed a family of sorts from 5 nearly complete strangers who receive a mysterious invite to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. Just do yourselves a favor, read this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed. ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle
A Delightful Story!

This story was more than just a story about five individuals ' lives, it was about healing, forgiveness, hope and love!
I truly enjoyed reading about each of these characters and the struggles they had to conquer!
Rachel Hauck has written a sweet story, full of wonderful moments and yet, a bit of intrigue.
I loved the setting of this story being in a library. I can just smell the old books and the comfy room.
The author brought in captivating events and situations for each
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It's odd how some things have to be broken before their value and worth can be discovered."

When five virtual strangers receive an inviation from an anonymous source to attend the Fifth Avenue Story Society, meeting weekly in an historic reading room of an old library, they tenatively decide that random friendships might be just what they need to caulk together the broken pieces of their lives. Except that two of them used to know each other intimately well, and the other three have experienced
Donna (More Than a Review)
You have five very different individuals that receive an invitation to an old New York Library.
Lexas 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
Dawn Teresa
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
very disappointed in the resolution of this story- literally deus ex machina. There was no early warning it would be religious propaganda. To be beleivbale as literature, the story needs to have enough weight of truth that you dont need formulaic beleifs to find the resolution convincing. ...more
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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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