The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Five Stars From Me
‘The Fifth Avenue Story Society‘ is a novel by Rachel Hauck. It leads readers through page after page filled with drama, humor, a little romance, and in the end, pounds in self-discovery as well.
As a book nerd, I ordered some books about books and book stores. ‘You’ve Got Mail’ was one of my favorite movies, so I like those types of stories.
You know when the first page of a book grabs your soul that it is going to be a keeper. This one did without any mention of any of the other characters or the plot.
There is Jett, a college professor who has had to deal with some losses he has yet to get over – the divorce from the love of his life, the death of his friend and older brother, and yes, there is the dissertation that he is being pressured to finish. Then there is Chuck, a man who drives for Uber and moonlights on the side with a limo service, who is trying to find a way to get his ex-wife to allow him to be a dad to his kids. Ed is in his late 70s, and serves as a superintendent of an apartment building, and is thinking he should write a book – a memoir of what he sees as the love story he had with his wife before her death. Lexa is not yet 30, and recently divorced. She is trying to find her footing in the world, and is hoping to become CEO of a gourmet burger chain, but then has her own ghosts to deal with – Jett’s her ex. Coral rounds out the little group. She is from a well-to-do family, and is running her own cosmetic company, and running from a public choice she made.
Each receives an invitation to meet as part of the Fifth Avenue Story Society. They decide to give it a chance, and while they look to see who invited them, something else happens.
It was not until the very last pages that Hauck surprised me with a very intriguing plot twist that opened the eyes of these characters, and this reader. ‘The Fifth Avenue Story Society’is one of those books that you don’t want to end … one of those that you keep on your nightstand, and pick up when you need a reviving of your spirit.
Check it out, you won’t regret it. – Review Submitted by RLH
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