Contemporary Fiction Book Review: The Fifth Avenue Story Society

About the Book

Book:  The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: February 4, 2020

Publisher's Description

"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 bear 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

The Fifth Avenue Story Society, by Rachel Hauck, is a thoroughly engaging novel of loss, friendship, truth, and second chances. Moving effortlessly among multiple storylines, this book explores the histories, secrets, and motivations of a group of people who choose to pursue unlikely friendships with one another. Though they have all had their lives altered by heartache, they press on despite fears and uncertainties as they help each other find the courage to heal and to live their lives with boldness, authenticity, and gratitude. 

The characters in this novel are truly interesting and deeply sympathetic. Their choices and struggles are believable and moving. Their motivations, desires, insecurities, mistakes, and actions are well-developed and resonate with vulnerability, veracity, and emotion. As they contemplate their choices and persevere through the consequences that follow, they grow in wisdom and confidence. Their faith is also strengthened as they learn to trust in grace, forgiveness, and redemptive love. It is immensely satisfying to engage with characters who bravely pursue wholeness in the aftermath of trauma, grief, and disappointment, giving space for their hardships to grow in them a generosity, a wisdom, and a faith that inspires others. 

It is refreshing to read a novel that so creatively explores the power of friendship to nurture hope and healing. The themes of acceptance, belonging, and honesty resonate on every page of this book making it sincerely thought-provoking and utterly touching. As it explores rejection, assumption, and wounded hearts, this novel gently and creatively offers opportunities for healing and restoration through compassion, forgiveness, and humility. Beyond mere entertainment, this story is very compelling as it examines the value of meaningful relationships and the powerful impact that is realized when lives are lived with authenticity and vulnerability.

Ms. Hauck has skillfully crafted a story that is emotionally impactful and uplifting. The Fifth Avenue Story Society is a remarkable novel that is beautifully written, memorable, and relevant. It is a pleasure to recommend it eagerly to all readers.

About the Author: Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall 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; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

Read an Excerpt: The Fifth Avenue Story Society

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