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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.

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“We still don’t know why we’re here.” Chuck glanced at each of them, his attention lingering longer on Coral than the others. “Don’t you want to know who sent the invitation?”

“What if the invitations were some promotional thing for the library? Sent to five random people. I get stuff ‘to the resident of’ all the time,” Lexa said, the presence of Jett starting to seep into her skin.

Did she want to punch him? Yell at him? Run away and never clap eyes on him again? Hug him? Yes, yes, all of the above.

“Mine didn’t have any address,” Coral said.

“Don’t believe mine did either.” Ed, with a mouthful of pizza.

“Same,” Chuck said. “Just my name.”

“Okay, so what’s the point of our little society?” Jett set his plate with four pizza crusts on the floor by his feet. He never ate his crust. He saved them for Lexa.

“Help me write my memoir.” Ed hammered the arm of his chair with his fist.

Lexa reached over and patted his arm. “Write your scene page. We’d love to hear it.”

“Read it out loud? To you?” He shied away from her touch. “I don’t know.”

He went from a grumpy old man to a timid child. He seemed lost without his Underwood. But that thing had to be a beast to carry on the subway.

“Ed, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want.” Jett’s smooth tone drew the man back into the circle. “We can help more if we read what you’ve written. Does anyone else need help with a story?” He surveyed each face.


“Not me.”

“If I hear anything, I’ll let you know,” Chuck said. “I pick up a lot of people from all walks of life during the day.”

“The mystery of this gathering wouldn’t be about you two, would it?” Coral returned to her chair, gesturing to Jett and Lexa. “Pretty weird that exes would end up here randomly.”

“Not about us, no.” Lexa’s protest contained too much force. “I don’t know anyone who wants us back together.”

“I certainly don’t,” Jett scoffed, and she felt it deep in her middle. Heat flashed over her, and her eyes stung.

“Then I guess it’s still a mystery.”

“Well then.” Coral stood. “Next Monday?”

Lexa hesitated before confessing. “I don’t know. What’s the point? And don’t say to help with your memoir, Ed.”

“Does there have to be a point?” Jett slung his backpack over his shoulder. “Can’t we just see where this takes us? Maybe the point is at the end of the journey and not the beginning.”

From The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck. Used with the permission of the publisher, Thomas Nelson. Copyright © 2020 by Rachel Hauck. Learn more at TNZ Fiction.

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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