The Writing Desk links two love stories separated by more than one hundred years, each challenging its era’s notion of acceptable marriage. The novel’s two heroines, Birdie and Tenley, dream of romance, both in their lives and in the manuscripts they pen at the writing desk they have shared. As they both pursue careers in writing, they must fight through various struggles and negotiate the love triangles into which they stumble. Rachel Hauck also successfully tackles the broken mother-daughter relationships which plague our pained, yet strong heroines. The endings for both women is sure to leave readers with a smile, added knowledge of the Gilded Age, and a desire to explore antique shops for a writing desk of their own!
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