Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of secrets, romance, and two women bound together across time by a shared dream.
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.
Time seemed to bind these two writers in one story, both in the wrong love matches and in their writing. I really did enjoy this book, written in a similar fashion to “The Wedding Chapel”, I still wanted a bit more at times. It was a deeper read, but woven in a way that you read to discover the secrets.
I love a book about a writer and this one has several writers as characters in the story. You will want to pick it up and figure out the mystery of the desk, the author that sat there before and how are the two writers from different time periods connected.
It is also a story about relationships between mothers and daughters. That is more subtle, but very present throughout the story. As we see in the stories, a mother controlling for good or for wrong can change the pathway of our life, and how we react to it will impact us.
This book is released July 11th and is available for order from Amazon or wherever books are sold. “The Writing Desk”.