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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
Stepping inside The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauk is like stepping inside the library itself–warm, cozy, and with a bit of mystery.
The story opens up on five people struggling through life–an assistant waiting for her well-deserved promotion, a literary professor on the search for the truth, an Uber driver longing for another chance with his children, an old man with the need to write his love story, and a cosmetics industrialist whose company is sinking into the ground. Each receives an invitation to attend the Fifth Avenue Story Society.
Things don’t start out as well as one would hope for the five as they meet and tension rises. Especially when two divorcees meet after several years of silence. But they quickly learn that in order for the society to stay afloat, they need to stick together.
We follow each character as they move through their lives, hoping for a way to meet their end goals–and maybe, even find love.
I was sucked immediately into the story, especially when I discover that Jett Wilder, the scruffy but loveable professor, was also a writer and author. Loving the written word myself, I connected with the character and sympathized with him as he searched to discover whether or not his favorite author, his hero, was a fraud.
Ed is also a fascinating character, determined to write a memoir detailing his love story with his late wife, Esmerelda. His faithfulness to Esmie, even after she’s gone, is stirring.
Each character goes through highs and lows, and even some fights. But in the end, they all learn that trusting one another is better than trusting no one at all.
The Fifth Avenue Story Society offers a little bit of something for every type of readers, and is a wonderful fit for those who enjoy cozy reads involving bookstores, family, and business, with maybe even a little romance.
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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