Five strangers get the chance to rewrite their 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.
“This captivating story full of heart, soul, and humor kept me turning pages until midnight to finish it. Rachel weaves the perfect amount of tension and opens possibilities to keep the reader pondering long after the story is over. I loved it!” —Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author
“Rachel Hauck’s flair for inviting prose and well-drawn characters shines in this delightful story about searching for hope and healing within the most unexpected circle of people. Finely tuned themes of love, self-authenticity and discovering the benevolent hand of providence make this one sweet gem of a book.” —Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War
Sweet, contemporary standaloneBook length: approximately 100,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
Hauck (The Memory House) intertwines the stories of five New Yorkers who each receive a mysterious invitation to join a "story society" in this exhilarating inspirational. Lexa is a young, now-single businesswoman fighting for the title of CEO at a gourmet burger chain. Brooding professor Jett can't get over the loss of his wife and brother, hates his parents, and can't finish his dissertation. Aging Ed wants to write a memoir of his love story with recently deceased wife. Beautiful Coral's cosmetic company is losing money on the product she worked so hard on, and Chuck, whose ex-wife has custody of their daughter and son, just wants the chance to see his kids again. Though they're all confused about why they've been brought together, the group soon grows to depend on their Monday night meetings, during which they try to figure out who sent them the mysterious invite and also slowly rewrite the stories of their broken lives. While the plotting is straightforward each character always knows (and has the means) to help one of the others out Hauck inspires and uplifts with this mix of tales. Readers who enjoy Karen Kingsbury will love this.
Amazing... still thinking about it
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. The stories are just beautiful and the characters are so genuine. I wanted to be a part of their society. Read this book! You won’t be disappointed. Such a wonderful story by such a talented author. Well done!