This happily ever after romance tells the captivating story of two women bound together across time by a shared dream and a mysterious writing desk. 

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.
Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase. 

I liked the contemporary part to the novel, and I loved the Gilded Age time period even more. For most of the novel I wondered how the past would ever tie into the present and I love that I didn’t know how it would all work out until the very end. 

I didn’t feel some of Tenley’s current relationships were very meaningful—and once you read the book it appears they should be. I also didn’t feel like there was a strong faith presence in her life, which is surprising since this is marketed as a Christian novel. 

This was my first book by Rachel Hauck and I look forward to reading more.


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