About The Writing Desk
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (July 11, 2017)
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.
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The Writing Desk was a phenomenal book. I loved every single page.
I never used to like books that jumped between present and past, mainly because I felt I couldn't quite keep track of the story and got lost between the two. But when it's written the right way, it can be one of the most interesting ways to tell a story, and it gives you that connection that you need between the two eras to make you fully understand what the characters are doing.
The story jumps between Birdie and Tenley. Birdie is from the gilded age and what she truly really wants is for a publisher, any publisher to grab one of her writings and go with it, something that is not happening. She is also dealing with a very strict and overbearing mother who is intent on controlling every single aspect of her life, right down to who she will marry. It makes life quite difficult for Birdie especially when her heart is set on one man, and her mother is set on her marrying another.
As we watch her move through life, romance, and writing and everything else that the time period threw at her, I came to absolutely love Birdie. Then again it might have been because I'm a huge fan of period pieces and anything from the past.
Tenley on the other hand is the quintessential young woman from modern times. She's quirky and she's determine but also a little annoying at times. I didn't like her quite as much as I did Birdie. Tenley already has a published novel and is hoping to get another, truly on the outside she has it all, money, a published novel and a handsome man who has just proposed. But Tenley is struggling with demons from the past, mainly her mother abandoning her and the family when she was little. Now out of the blue she gets a call from her asking to please come and help as she goes through chemotherapy. Tenley drops it all to help her mother and to try and repair the damage that was done so many years ago.
Like I said above, I loved every single minute of this book, it was fascinating, it was beautiful and raw in some parts and the biggest lesson that jumped out throughout the pages was the fact that we have to have Faith.