About The Fifth Avenue Story Society

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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. 

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My Review

AHH this book!!!

I binge-read a few other Hauck books earlier this year, so loved a) the fact that The Fifth Avenue Story Society was up on Netgalley, and b) seeing familiar characters from those books. You won’t have to have read The Writing Desk first to enjoy this one, but it sure lent an extra layer of depth, especially around Gordon Phipps Roth!

Hauck does an admirable job at juggling five different points of view. Normally I’d say that’s too many…but it worked so well here. The characters “are in good hands” (she said, in her best Joe Pesci/“Home Alone” voice). I don’t think I could pick a favorite. Just when I thought I had one picked out, or a plot point determined, Hauck surprised me—and repeatedly, not just once or twice. I loved seeing how everything panned out.

The New York setting made my heart happy—love that city!!—and Hauck brought it admirably to life. I’m ready to go back now (as if I’m ever not, though, ha!) I also loved that Seattle made an appearance! How fun!

Excellent, excellent read.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Rachel Hauck is the New York TimesWall 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. Visit her online at RachelHauck.com; Facebook; Twitter; and Instagram.