Invitations to five mostly strangers who find something unexpected... The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck (Review) @Celebrate_Lit

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The Fifth Avenue Story Society
By Rachel Hauck
Christian Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 400 Pages
February 4th 2020 by Thomas Nelson


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 reveal 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.

Praise for the Book

"Hauck inspires and uplifts with this mix of tales." - Publishers Weekly

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My Review

THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY is a story that will pull on the reader's interest from the beginning as each character's life is unveiled and their stories intertwine. Hauck's trademark writing style, with a character on the sidelines who gives nudges here and there, a bit of faith woven throughout, difficult histories and decisions to work through, friendship, and romance will delight readers.

I loved diving into this story. Hauck always writes in such a way that you can't help falling in love with her characters, and this is definitely the case here. It was interesting getting to know each one of them and see them interact with each other. I did, of course, wonder why they were each chosen for the society, but it definitely was an intriguing concept from the start. I couldn't help wanting happily-ever-afters for these characters, particularly Jett and Lexa. I also really wanted Coral to get justice and cheered her on as she fixes things with her company and finds her own surprising romance. I enjoyed just about every minute, even the difficult ones where these characters had to wade through disappointment and poor decisions to forge their own paths to happiness.

I have very few complaints about this story. One would be that there is one part that is a bit too detailed as to Ed's wife with drugs and what was going on at a park. It could have been alluded to without all the details. The other was that I felt the ending was a bit too perfectly tied up and I would have liked the beginning of some things without every piece being resolved (not in regards to Coral, Chuck, Lexa, and Jett for the most part, but the other things).

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a story full of complex characters who were easy to connect with and cheer on. It's definitely a character-driven story, but one full of struggle, friendship, faith, and romance. Definitely recommended to fans of the author, Christian fiction and women's fiction.

Content: Some references to marital relations and drug use.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.

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