Title: The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: General Fiction
Publishing Date: Feb 4, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Length: 400 Pages
About the Book:
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 a fraud.
Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.
Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.
Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.
When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.
Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.
Rachel Hauck is one of those authors that you just know to expect a story with wonderful characters. As with any of the other books by her that I’ve read, I felt she did a remarkable job in the character creation department. Unfortunately for me though, there wasn’t a strong enough plot to keep the storyline moving and it made it harder to get into. I thought the story society was an interesting concept but there wasn’t enough mystery surrounding it, and the more important interactions seemed to occur outside of their meetings which made it feel less vital to the plot. There wasn’t anything that I strongly disliked at all, but it felt like both too much and not enough all at the same time. I’ve read several other books by this author and really enjoyed them, so I fully intend on reading more from her in the future, but this one just didn’t end up being for me.
*I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
The premise sounds really good. Too bad it didn’t measure up to the promise.
Not everyone likes every book they read though. I’m sure there are other people that will enjoy it 🙂
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