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REVIEW: The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

The Writing Desk novel is set in present day and also in the early 1900s during the Gilded Age.  In the historical side of the story, we follow Birdie (an heiress), Eli (a marquis), and Alphonse (an heir).  Their stories are intertwined during and after WWI.  In the modern day story, we follow Tenley Roth (great granddaughter and daughter of prolific authors), Jonas, and Holt Armstrong.

Birdie has been commanded by her mother to enter a loveless marriage with Alphonse.  Tenley has partially accepted a proposal from Holt, with time to think it over during an extended trip to Florida to care for her estranged mother.

The publishing world of New York is exploring during two different eras.  The idea of long-ago, arranged, loveless marriages and modern, “I guess so” marriages are explored. Birdie is so restricted and Tenley, though she has choices, feels equally boxed in with her writing career.

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Interesting story by author Hauck.  Thanks to Zondervan for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Happy Hour Choir by Sally Kilpatrick

The Happy Hour ChoirFollow the story of Beulah, Ginger and Tiffany as three different women find themselves tied together as a family.  Beulah is the main character and she has been struggling for over 10 years to make peace with her circumstances.  Ginger is the wise, older woman who gives and gives of herself.  Tiffany, just finishing high school, has her life tossed apart.  These three form a family and the nurturing it provides to each of them is awesome.

Of course, we have the story of the happy hour choir which is exactly as it sounds…a church choir is formed from patrons of the next-to-the-church bar.  The effects of that ministry thread through the book, too.

It’s a unique story that’s worth reading. Thanks to Kensington Press for providing me an advance copy to read and review in my own words.

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