The Fifth Avenue Story Society
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...more
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 ...more
This story starts with background stories of each of the invited. Each has past issues ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more