The Fifth Avenue Story Society
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. 

The Fifth Avenue Story Society Details

TitleThe Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785216674
Rating
GenreFiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Christian

The Fifth Avenue Story Society Review

  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    My new favorite Rachel Hauck book! Loved a magical library where healing and friendships happen. Loved being a fly on the wall for the journeys of these 5 characters. I think my favorite was Ed & his testimony of sacrificial love in the face of many hardships. This story made for a really enjoyable Audible listen. And it was fun for me (as an English teacher) that the head of the New York College English Department was named Renee ;)
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.An invitation to join When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.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. Ageing 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. This was a totally enjoyable book from page one to tend. The characters, although beyond diverse gel as a group and reminds me that friends are friends despite their disparities. In fact, the more different the better. These characters are well fleshed out and the storyline totally enjoyable and plausible - leave it to Rachel Hauck to write such an awesome book that has nothing to do with her usual bride-related oeuvre of books.As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 📚📚📚📚📚
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  • Randi Annie Framnes
    January 1, 1970
    When five strangers, Jett, Lexa, Coral, Chuck and Ed, out of the blue get invited to the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library, they dont understand whats going on. Gradually they get past their insecurities and start sharing some of the stories of their lives. These strangers with no previous connection come to trust each other, pour their hearts out and wrestle with each others stories to get to the truths.This story starts with background stories of each of the invited. Each has past issues When five strangers, Jett, Lexa, Coral, Chuck and Ed, out of the blue get invited to the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library, they don’t understand what’s going on. Gradually they get past their insecurities and start sharing some of the stories of their lives. These strangers with no previous connection come to trust each other, pour their hearts out and wrestle with each other’s stories to get to the truths.This story starts with background stories of each of the invited. Each has past issues they have been too afraid to deal with and prefers to keep secret. But as they keep meting every Monday night, they share more and more details and are bringing fresh, new perspectives into each member’s life. New input and new inspiration helps to reignite the lives of these somewhat stuck and lonely people. Their relationships seem to develop and the support of the society helps the members reflect on their past and move through some hard issues. They learn to love and be loved, be cared for and respected as they get more and more involved and willing to be there for each other.I enjoyed the personal development we get to witness by following these individuals as members of the story society. From being rather closed off when joining, they learn to open up about their feelings and trusting the other members with the real truths about their lives. The stories they share become more and more heartbreaking, raw and honest.The plot presents each society member similar to diary entries where we get to follow their unique process. The writing draws me into how their lives feel to them from the inside with all the fear, grief, and hurt feelings they experience. Going to the story society every Monday somehow adds to their lives and contributes to the healing they didn’t expect or seek.The members of the story society is a good cast of well developed characters I feel are easy to identify with as they have their individual issues they try to lie, cover up or in other ways refuse to deal with leading to resentment and bitterness in their lives. This makes them all believable, real and special. I appreciated the faith element mixed into the plot which intensified towards the end.My favorite of the characters is Lexa Wilder who is personal assistant in a burger chain. I am delighted to see her finally stand up for herself work wise. Her eyes get abruptly opened when she understands she really has caught the wrong end of the stick. Realizing this, she has to figure out what she wants and make a tough adjustment. I felt the writing was vivid. In my mind’s eye I could see how the Fifth Avenue Story Society Library might actually look like. Fascinating how the meetings were held in surroundings of antique furniture, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and dusty carpets. I envisioned maybe it might look something like a mini version of the library at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movie.This is the first book I read from Rachel Hauck, but she will be on my radar from now on and I will be on the lookout for more of her previous works as well as future releases. I would recommend The Fifth Avenue Story Society to fans of Rachel Hauck and readers of romance genre.I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Melike
    January 1, 1970
    Jett, Lexa, Chuck, Coral, and Ed receive a mysterious invitation to Fifth Avenue Story Society. None of them know the reason why they got an invitation and almost all of them are reluctant to continue attending the meetings. However, they return every Monday night out of curiosity and they start developing a friendship. Each of them has a story and painful pasts. By then end of the book, they become a freer version of their former selves and find love, forgiveness and most of all friendship.I Jett, Lexa, Chuck, Coral, and Ed receive a mysterious invitation to Fifth Avenue Story Society. None of them know the reason why they got an invitation and almost all of them are reluctant to continue attending the meetings. However, they return every Monday night out of curiosity and they start developing a friendship. Each of them has a story and painful pasts. By then end of the book, they become a freer version of their former selves and find love, forgiveness and most of all friendship.I loved each of these characters and loved reading about their individual stories…their past and present struggles, their hopes, and dreams. I imagined myself sitting in that room with them. It was so well written. I especially loved how the author made New York City come alive for me. Overall, it was an inspirational, uplifting and heartwarming story and I am glad I read it. I will definitely be seeking out the rest of Rachel Hauck’s books in the future. Thank you to Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel Hauck is well-known to her fans as an author of books with compelling characters, heaven invading earth, and a romance that will win your heart. With The Fifth Avenue Story Society, Hauck delves into the space of our greatest wounds and how confronting them brings freedom, healing, and hope. She accomplishes that with a story told from five characters perspectives, each one rich with the possibility of more constrained by the chains of the past. The characters search for freedom points Rachel Hauck is well-known to her fans as an author of books with compelling characters, heaven invading earth, and a romance that will win your heart. With The Fifth Avenue Story Society, Hauck delves into the space of our greatest wounds and how confronting them brings freedom, healing, and hope. She accomplishes that with a story told from five characters’ perspectives, each one rich with the possibility of more constrained by the chains of the past. The characters’ search for freedom points the reader to healing while delving into the power of each person’s fully embraced story. I’m grateful for the time I spent with this group and these pages. Readers who love a story laced with heart and hope will adore this Hauck’s latest offering.
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  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel Hauck was on my to-read list for a while now, but this was my first read by her and know I understand why she is a favourite among my book-reading friends.This story about 5 strangers receiving a strange invitation to a story society was intriguing and the author executed it well by the way she introduced the characters, hinting at their stories but slowly revealing more as the story develops. The story jumped between the characters, but it was never confusing and the flowed well between Rachel Hauck was on my to-read list for a while now, but this was my first read by her and know I understand why she is a favourite among my book-reading friends.This story about 5 strangers receiving a strange invitation to a story society was intriguing and the author executed it well by the way she introduced the characters, hinting at their stories but slowly revealing more as the story develops. The story jumped between the characters, but it was never confusing and the flowed well between all the characters and the story as a whole.The characters were flawed, had past hurts that influence their today and had to learn to face the truth to be able to move forward.The Christian element came through more towards the end. This was about a group of lost souls who had to face truths and find the ultimate truth.Now, for those readers who prefer very clean reads... this story included mention of adult romance which included mention of sexual intimacy and one heated kiss. This is highly recommended to fans of contemporary fiction. I will definitely read more by this author."I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
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  • Natalie Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Moving beyond the stunning cover, this book delivers a story that'll enchant every book lover's heart. A special invitation has been delivered to five unsuspecting individuals for purposes unknown until they each begin to share their story. I really enjoyed each character and the way their lives intersected with one another. Well-developed and memorable, each storyline was unique and carried a theme specific to the character and the emotional/professional/physical challenges they faced. There's Moving beyond the stunning cover, this book delivers a story that'll enchant every book lover's heart. A special invitation has been delivered to five unsuspecting individuals for purposes unknown until they each begin to share their story. I really enjoyed each character and the way their lives intersected with one another. Well-developed and memorable, each storyline was unique and carried a theme specific to the character and the emotional/professional/physical challenges they faced. There's romance, mystery, a whisper of soul-challenging issues that bring heart and emotion to the pages of this book. I loved that this story carried part of the plot from The Writing Desk, which was one of my favorite of Ms. Hauck's novels and I can easily say I now have another favorite. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.***
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/39hQLmGThe Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck is a moving story that goes on my best of the best list. The bookstore setting is atmospheric and charming, the characters rich and endearing, and every word of the prose is to be treasured. Its a story of friendship, renewal and second chances, with a few heartwarming moments that moved me to tears. The anonymous story society invitation goes out to five characters from various backgrounds and Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/39hQLmGThe Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck is a moving story that goes on my “best of the best” list. The bookstore setting is atmospheric and charming, the characters rich and endearing, and every word of the prose is to be treasured. It’s a story of friendship, renewal and second chances, with a few heartwarming moments that moved me to tears. The anonymous story society invitation goes out to five characters from various backgrounds and social status, all anchored to something in their pasts that kept them from moving on and living life to the fullest. The story is like a piece of fabric, with threads of each character’s past, present and future woven together and interconnected. As with any good book, it’s easy to care about the characters. This story, however, took me to a new level of caring. Hauck not only knows people, but she is able to project their innermost hearts and desires through her characters, desires that are common to all of us. I came to know Lexa, Jett, Chuck, Coral and Ed well through their raw honesty and humanness – their fears, insecurities, needs, and hopes. There’s a little mystery and supernatural element, but the real story is in what happens through these Monday night meetings. The librarian, Gilda, is an interesting character and I’d love to see what’s on the other side of her door that’s marked “private.”The spiritual thread is gentle and subtle, culminating in a beautiful way toward the end. The image of Christ knocking at the door instantly came to mind and these closing words speak to all … "The invitation is always waiting. All you have to do is say yes."Highly recommended.I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely lovely novel! It has been quite a while since I've read a book by this author but something about the description of this one intrigued me! At first I wasn't sure about the alternating POV from five different characters, but I'm happy to say that it totally worked for this story! I was enthralled with all of the characters' individual stories, though I think I found myself most closely connecting with Coral's story. These are definitely characters that I will be thinking about for An absolutely lovely novel! It has been quite a while since I've read a book by this author but something about the description of this one intrigued me! At first I wasn't sure about the alternating POV from five different characters, but I'm happy to say that it totally worked for this story! I was enthralled with all of the characters' individual stories, though I think I found myself most closely connecting with Coral's story. These are definitely characters that I will be thinking about for a long time to come! While there is romance in this story I would consider it more of a general fiction novel, which I absolutely loved and was a great change of pace without giving up the romance that I love so much! I so enjoyed The Fifth Avenue Story Society and am so glad that I read it! If you're looking for an engaging read that will touch your heart look no further! I highly recommend The FifthAvenue Story Society and I predict it will be in the running for all the awards in the next year!(5 Stars!)I received a copy of this book from the publisher and also purchased a copy of the audiobook. My review was not required or influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Finally! My first book read by Rachel Hauck. I have been wanting to read her stories for years but never seemed to have the time to get to them. Well, that all changes today! I will make the time to get to her backlist! That is how much I loved THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY! Five strangers receive an invitation to join THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY. Jett, Coral , Lexa, Ed, and Chuck have no idea why they were chosen. The very different characters drawn together are all troubled, as we learn Finally! My first book read by Rachel Hauck. I have been wanting to read her stories for years but never seemed to have the time to get to them. Well, that all changes today! I will make the time to get to her backlist! That is how much I loved THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY! Five strangers receive an invitation to join THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY. Jett, Coral , Lexa, Ed, and Chuck have no idea why they were chosen. The very different characters drawn together are all troubled, as we learn when they begin to share their stories. With five different points of view and so much going on outside the society meetings, it can be hard to track at first. But as I was reading, I got to know and care about each of the people involved. All of them are very real and relatable. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop as I had to know what was going to happen. Rachel Hauck has created some amazing characters and as I was reading THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY I realized that they were all pretending in their lives. As the five of them meet week after week and become more truthful with each other, they become friends and learn all about hope and second chances. Keep the tissues close by because all of these people will pull at your heart strings. Each of the five characters goes through highs and lows, and at times they are even fighting with one another. But in the end, they all learn that trusting one another is better than having no one to trust at all. THE FIFTH AVENUE STORY SOCIETY is a story I really enjoyed and it keeps the reader emotionally invested and engaged in the story until the very last page. The twists and turns will keep you wondering what will happen next. If you are looking for an uplifting story filled with hope, then this is the book for you! Rachel Hauck’s writing is so vivid that I actually felt like I was sitting in the history filled library amongst it’s dusty bookshelves! I love when an author can transport me right into the story and Rachel Hauck did not dissapoint. I received a complimentary copy of this book from CelebrateLit. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    This book has sent me into a swoony dither of bibliophile delight! I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I started reading but Hauck delivered so much more than I anticipated. Absolutely love the whole idea of the mysterious Fifth Avenue Story Society. Loved the gentle hints that led to some startling conclusions about it's origin and function. :-) And the way the story is built up around the lives of these five strangers brought together for some unknown reason -- well, it all totally This book has sent me into a swoony dither of bibliophile delight! I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I started reading but Hauck delivered so much more than I anticipated. Absolutely love the whole idea of the mysterious Fifth Avenue Story Society. Loved the gentle hints that led to some startling conclusions about it's origin and function. :-) And the way the story is built up around the lives of these five strangers brought together for some unknown reason -- well, it all totally captivated me!I can't even say I have a favourite character or story line. All of five of them wormed their way into my readerly affections and kept me riveted. And I love the way the author intertwined their stories, slowly revealing their secrets at just the right time for maximum impact. I couldn't tear myself away from these people!And -- insert thrilling squeal here -- this is a Thomas Nelson published novel with an inspirational element! It starts subtly in the beginning, then gently grows until it makes a stunning impact by the end. One of the things that struck me most was how one person's faith journey has the power to create a ripple effect all around them, touching lives and preparing the way for others to follow. I experienced some thrilling goosebump moments during this read.An exquisitely fulfilling character-driven story that reflects real life and love and the healing power God extends to us all.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounded upI love Rachel Hauck's writing style, she draws me into the story and I am captivated until the end. This offering is intriguing, but there are a couple of things that didn't work that well for me in this novel. One, you really need to have read The Writing Desk fairly recently (or remember it well) to get the full impact Jett's storyline. His research into one of the main characters of that book are a major plot point, and I can see how one would be bored during those parts 3.5 stars, rounded upI love Rachel Hauck's writing style, she draws me into the story and I am captivated until the end. This offering is intriguing, but there are a couple of things that didn't work that well for me in this novel. One, you really need to have read The Writing Desk fairly recently (or remember it well) to get the full impact Jett's storyline. His research into one of the main characters of that book are a major plot point, and I can see how one would be bored during those parts and maybe a bit lost if you haven't read it. I personally loved that book, but it was a while ago so I needed a refresher. The second thing was that every character had a "big" secret, and I thought some of them were drawn out a bit too long, and their reactions and things they said seemed forced because they were trying to cover those secrets.Those aside, I grew to really like all of the characters and cheered them on through their various emotional and spiritual journeys. I loved the theme of "the truth shall set you free" and how it manifested itself in many different ways throughout this book. All in all, a great book from Hauck and worth the time to read it.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet, endearing srory about 5 strangers brought together by an invitation received out of the blue for reasons unknown, to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. This turns out to be a place where strangers become friends and I loved getting to know them all. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this delightful book.
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    "Every day we tell, listen to, live and breathe stories."Set in New York City, this interesting mix of characters from different walks of life are brought together by a mysterious invitation to a "Story Society". Their stories unfold and the group quickly forms friendships, helping each other in ways they would have never imagined. There is a connection to the story from The Writing Desk, but the book is a stand alone. "We want to be seen, heard, and loved." This author definitely knows "Every day we tell, listen to, live and breathe stories."Set in New York City, this interesting mix of characters from different walks of life are brought together by a mysterious invitation to a "Story Society". Their stories unfold and the group quickly forms friendships, helping each other in ways they would have never imagined. There is a connection to the story from The Writing Desk, but the book is a stand alone. "We want to be seen, heard, and loved." This author definitely knows people--with all of their fears, flaws, hopes and dreams--and skillfully draws the reader in to care about this struggling group. Told from their five perspectives, it was easy to follow along as their lives intersected and they began to have a positive impact on each other. They were all stuck because of something in their pasts, preventing them from moving on and fully living. It takes courage to change and overcome some obstacles, and they helped each other in this way. It reminded me of the verse in Proverbs that says, "Iron sharpens iron." We all have a story and never know if ours can help someone else. A touch of divine intervention is at play here, something this author does well, adding a bit of mystery. Some faith and inspirational moments later on interjected a lot of hope. Overall this is a story of second chances, redemption, and love. I wondered how it would all come together, and the ending was definitely worth the wait. Recommend to readers who enjoy contemporary women's fiction with flawed characters and adult romance. 4.5 stars(An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    Five people, Ed, Lexa, Jett, Coral, and Chuck, all receive a strange invitation to take part in the Fifth Avenue Story Society located in an historic, New York home private library on Monday nights. This mixed collection of people include a widower, a wealthy socialite who owns her own business, a divorced limo/uber driver, and a divorced husband and wife. There seems to be no connection, but each of them is somewhat of a loner and has a dark secret that keeps them from moving forward in life. Five people, Ed, Lexa, Jett, Coral, and Chuck, all receive a strange invitation to take part in the Fifth Avenue Story Society located in an historic, New York home private library on Monday nights. This mixed collection of people include a widower, a wealthy socialite who owns her own business, a divorced limo/uber driver, and a divorced husband and wife. There seems to be no connection, but each of them is somewhat of a loner and has a dark secret that keeps them from moving forward in life. Will this motley collection of people become the best of friends and help one another find their future?Contemporary romance is not my go-to genre, but Rachel Hauck always seems to pen a novel that is totally different from the norm and captures me from start to finish. Her characters are realistic and relatable; and in this case, each seemed a lost soul. Her storytelling is masterful. I especially liked how each one of the members finally opened themselves up to the others and eventually shared the secret that was causing them pain and not allowing them to forgive themselves. Coral's secret was the one that truly impacted every one else in the group and brought them true peace and joy. The fact that the romance played in the background and that the problems in their lives took front and center made this a fascinating read.**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Gilead Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    A little bit of romance, a little bit of lost love, a little bit of ambition and culture and the ties that bind humanity, The Fifth Avenue Story Society is surprisingly prescient given world events that are forcing us to find numerous creative ways to engage: with art, with literature, with each other.I sensed Hauck's' passion not only for the city of New York but also for books and bookish spaces. For readers of Katherine Reay and Karen Hawkins, this is the perfect cozy read with a cup of tea A little bit of romance, a little bit of lost love, a little bit of ambition and culture and the ties that bind humanity, The Fifth Avenue Story Society is surprisingly prescient given world events that are forcing us to find numerous creative ways to engage: with art, with literature, with each other.I sensed Hauck's' passion not only for the city of New York but also for books and bookish spaces. For readers of Katherine Reay and Karen Hawkins, this is the perfect cozy read with a cup of tea and a corner to yourself.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story with an unusual situation that hooked me from the beginning. Five different people receive an embossed formal invitation to attend a story society meeting at a Fifth Avenue literary society. There is not a postmark...they just appeared to each person. They are all strangers but for two people...Jett Wilder, an associate professor of literature at New York College and his ex-wife, Lexa Wilder, an executive assistant of an up and coming gourmet hamburger restaurant. The rest of the This is a story with an unusual situation that hooked me from the beginning. Five different people receive an embossed formal invitation to attend a story society meeting at a Fifth Avenue literary society. There is not a postmark...they just appeared to each person. They are all strangers but for two people...Jett Wilder, an associate professor of literature at New York College and his ex-wife, Lexa Wilder, an executive assistant of an up and coming gourmet hamburger restaurant. The rest of the group includes, Coral Winthrop, an heiress, leader of a cosmetic company, and whose family own the literary society, Chuck, an Uber driver, and Ed, a retired publishing worker and now super of his apartment building. What they don't know is why they are there and who invited them. They all have emotional hurts and real problems that are hindering their happiness. Each person's story is told away from the group. As they continue meeting, they develop a relationship and become friends that depend on each other and look forward to their Monday night meetings where they enjoy a meal, visit, talk, and eventually have to gain enough trust with each other to turn loose of their closely held secrets that keep them from moving forward. This is an emotional story where each person has to figure out unresolved issues, meet them head-on, sometimes in a painful way. There are surprises and healing, courage to go on, romance, and faith in the mix. Another winner by Rachel Hauck and her unique voice and storytelling. This is a thought provoking story that stayed with me/I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This creative tale of friendship, community, and second chances follows five New Yorkers as they meet under mysterious circumstances and form a sort of club together.I enjoyed following the characters as they each attempted to navigate uncertainty in their lives and decide on the next steps they should take.There was the stirring and hope of romance for these characters as the novel progressed. Letting go of lies, hidden truths, and guilt was an important step for each of the characters, as This creative tale of friendship, community, and second chances follows five New Yorkers as they meet under mysterious circumstances and form a sort of club together.I enjoyed following the characters as they each attempted to navigate uncertainty in their lives and decide on the next steps they should take.There was the stirring and hope of romance for these characters as the novel progressed. Letting go of lies, hidden truths, and guilt was an important step for each of the characters, as well.The Fifth Avenue Story Society was definitely a page turner with a satisfying conclusion that should please fans of women’s fiction, as well as those who love a good romance.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I never know what to expect when I pick up a Rachel Hauck book. Every single one is totally different and unexpected. I do love this cover! This story has A LOT of characters but surprisingly it is fairly easy to keep up with them all. I really enjoyed the story society aspect and how it pulled all of the characters and pieces of the book together. Coral and Jett are my favorites simply because of their personalities and perspectives. While I was expecting a little stronger faith aspect some I never know what to expect when I pick up a Rachel Hauck book. Every single one is totally different and unexpected. I do love this cover! This story has A LOT of characters but surprisingly it is fairly easy to keep up with them all. I really enjoyed the story society aspect and how it pulled all of the characters and pieces of the book together. Coral and Jett are my favorites simply because of their personalities and perspectives. While I was expecting a little stronger faith aspect some details at the end surprised me and so I encourage you to read until the end. While this story isn't terribly fast paced I really enjoyed looking into the lives of the many people involved. I liked seeing how the characters grew over the course of the pages. While this wasn't my favorite book by Rachel I still found it enjoyable! Four Stars."I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."
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  • Robin Hatcher
    January 1, 1970
    I was captivated by this story from the first paragraph, and my heart soon became invested in the lives of the various members of the Fifth Avenue Story Society. Its magical. My favorite Rachel Hauck novel to date! I was captivated by this story from the first paragraph, and my heart soon became invested in the lives of the various members of the Fifth Avenue Story Society. It’s magical. My favorite Rachel Hauck novel to date!
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  • Bess
    January 1, 1970
    While I thoroughly loved Ms. Hauck's Royal Wedding Series, I have yet to find another book or series of hers that I enjoy. Suffice to say that includes this one.Mine is not a popular opinion but that it's mine is enough. For starters, this was more of a clean novel than a Christian read. Yes, there were religious overtones sprinkled with a heavy hand near the end but the rest of the book didn't reverberate the faith.What caught me the most was how I didn't care to know about the lives of the While I thoroughly loved Ms. Hauck's Royal Wedding Series, I have yet to find another book or series of hers that I enjoy. Suffice to say that includes this one.Mine is not a popular opinion but that it's mine is enough. For starters, this was more of a clean novel than a Christian read. Yes, there were religious overtones sprinkled with a heavy hand near the end but the rest of the book didn't reverberate the faith.What caught me the most was how I didn't care to know about the lives of the characters in the book. Things were drawn out and dull. I wanted to only read about Lexa and Jett. But at the same time, I'm divorced and I understand that closing doors sometimes is good, healthy, and the only choice at times. However, with their back and forth, it left me feeling physically sick. Love is supposed to be a choice. I made my choice not to love someone and whether it was right or wrong it was my choice. These two just couldn't choose. It was too fickle and nauseating. I liked Ed's sense of humor in the beginning. However, he changed further in the book. Chuck was broken from the beginning and he got his HEA. Coral was a confusing character. She clashed in every aspect of her life and existence. The college personnel and other side characters didn't feel deep or meaningful. I thought Zane would be more involved only to be happy he wasn't. With so many main characters running around it was confusing on its own.I know Ms. Hauck is a talented writer. However, I didn't see that in this read, and I'm sad about it.I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    How people take pictures with dogs all of the time baffles me. Swipe through for a better picture of the cover and some bloopers I got while attempting to take this photo.Im so excited that I didnt let this one sit on my shelf and got to it relatively quick after preordering it last month! I love Rachel Haucks books and this one is no exception!The Fifth Avenue Society is a Christian fiction novel that follows a cast of 5 characters on different journeys of life. They are each anonymously How people take pictures with dogs all of the time baffles me. Swipe through for a better picture of the cover and some bloopers I got while attempting to take this photo.⁣⁣I’m so excited that I didn’t let this one sit on my shelf and got to it relatively quick after preordering it last month! I love Rachel Hauck’s books and this one is no exception!⁣⁣The Fifth Avenue Society is a Christian fiction novel that follows a cast of 5 characters on different journeys of life. They are each anonymously invited to attend a meeting for the Fifth Avenue Story Society. It’s mysterious, but they all decide to attend. They agree to keep meeting trying to figure out why they were brought together. Each one has an inner struggle they are trying to battle and use each other to help them overcome the problems they face. ⁣⁣❤️Review❤️⁣This book can be tied to The Writing Desk even though it’s not considered to be a series. I highly recommend you read the Writing Desk before reading this book. There’s an element in this story that is based on the events that take place in The Writing Desk. I found The Fifth Avenue Story Society to be very different from all of the other books I’ve come to love by Rachel Hauck in the past. This one did not have a historical fiction timeline and I kinda missed it. I did however really love this motley crew that made up the Fifth Avenue Story Society. I cared for each of these character immensely. My only wish for this book was that I struggled with all of the secrets/communication problems that occurred in this book. It’s hard when you know problems can be solved easier if the characters just talked. I loved the dynamics and how each character had a unique storyline/problem they were trying to overcome. I think that everyone who reads this will be able to connect to at least one character. In the end there is a truly beautiful message for life. I really enjoyed this most recent release for Rachel Hauck! ⁣⁣4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣⁣Do you read Christian Fiction? If not, what’s your go to genre?⁣⁣#christianfiction #loveofreading #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #livinglife #findingthemessage #lifejourney #bookswithalesson #beautifulbooks #rachelhauck #fifthavenuestorysociety
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    4.5Five strangers receive a mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. As they meet (and then, week after week, continue to meet) to discover the purpose behind the invitation, they soon discover that their time together is exactly what they never knew they needed.I love a story that brings people together for reasons they do not know. The Fifth Avenue Story Society reminded me of And Then There Were None in that waybut obviously without all the murder. Instead, it offers much more 4.5Five strangers receive a mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. As they meet (and then, week after week, continue to meet) to discover the purpose behind the invitation, they soon discover that their time together is exactly what they never knew they needed.I love a story that brings people together for reasons they do not know. The Fifth Avenue Story Society reminded me of And Then There Were None in that way—but obviously without all the murder. Instead, it offers much more hope as the characters share their lives, learn from one another, and find some much-needed second chances. Experiencing the society at their side made me so, so happy.Definitely read The Fifth Avenue Story Society.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    All the stars. This book gets all the stars. I adored this book from crusty old Ed to broken Coral, from Chuck and Jett and Lexa and how their stories intertwined. It was simply a charming, charming story. With each character holding a secret, I drawn into their stories and lives and how they formed a family of sorts from 5 nearly complete strangers who receive a mysterious invite to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. Just do yourselves a favor, read this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed. All the stars. This book gets all the stars. I adored this book from crusty old Ed to broken Coral, from Chuck and Jett and Lexa and how their stories intertwined. It was simply a charming, charming story. With each character holding a secret, I drawn into their stories and lives and how they formed a family of sorts from 5 nearly complete strangers who receive a mysterious invite to the Fifth Avenue Story Society. Just do yourselves a favor, read this book. I don't think you'll be disappointed. My only minor complaint is there was one element of one of the characters stories I would have liked to see more fully resolved but other than that, this story was pretty much perfect. This book with it's gorgeous cover is going on my keeper shelf.
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  • Marylin
    January 1, 1970
    A Delightful Story!This story was more than just a story about five individuals ' lives, it was about healing, forgiveness, hope and love! I truly enjoyed reading about each of these characters and the struggles they had to conquer! Rachel Hauck has written a sweet story, full of wonderful moments and yet, a bit of intrigue. I loved the setting of this story being in a library. I can just smell the old books and the comfy room. The author brought in captivating events and situations for each A Delightful Story!This story was more than just a story about five individuals ' lives, it was about healing, forgiveness, hope and love! I truly enjoyed reading about each of these characters and the struggles they had to conquer! Rachel Hauck has written a sweet story, full of wonderful moments and yet, a bit of intrigue. I loved the setting of this story being in a library. I can just smell the old books and the comfy room. The author brought in captivating events and situations for each character. Making the reader feel like they were right there with them. This is a wonderful book to read, I highly recommend you pick it up!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "It's odd how some things have to be broken before their value and worth can be discovered." When five virtual strangers receive an inviation from an anonymous source to attend the Fifth Avenue Story Society, meeting weekly in an historic reading room of an old library, they tenatively decide that random friendships might be just what they need to caulk together the broken pieces of their lives. Except that two of them used to know each other intimately well, and the other three have experienced "It's odd how some things have to be broken before their value and worth can be discovered." When five virtual strangers receive an inviation from an anonymous source to attend the Fifth Avenue Story Society, meeting weekly in an historic reading room of an old library, they tenatively decide that random friendships might be just what they need to caulk together the broken pieces of their lives. Except that two of them used to know each other intimately well, and the other three have experienced the kind of deep wounds that love and regret can potentially cause, even if they won't admit it. It's quite an interesting story, a bit "carnal" in a couple of places, nontheless; readers will experience all the ups and downs of the characters' incredible journey towards wholeness. "People say Christianity is for the weak but let me tell you, it takes courage to follow God."
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  • Donna (More Than a Review)
    January 1, 1970
    You have five very different individuals that receive an invitation to an old New York Library.Lexas story was interesting in that she could remain friends with her boss after the way he treated her.Jett was a professor and tortured by the loss of his brother. He is also a writer with a very serious dilemma on his hands. It was also interestingI enjoyed how we met Jett and Chuck in the beginning. Chuck had a difficult family situation. I found it interesting everything he could learn as a Uber You have five very different individuals that receive an invitation to an old New York Library.Lexa’s story was interesting in that she could remain friends with her boss after the way he treated her.Jett was a professor and tortured by the loss of his brother. He is also a writer with a very serious dilemma on his hands. It was also interestingI enjoyed how we met Jett and Chuck in the beginning. Chuck had a difficult family situation. I found it interesting everything he could learn as a Uber driver.Ed was the grandfather of the group wanting to write his love story.And finally, Coral who may have been my favorite. She was the owner of her own cosmetic company that was having trouble. She had a great balance of business sense and a relationship with her dad. I think I related to her more than the others. Her claim to infamy was that she had left her fiancé at the alter.Each of the individuals finally reveal their stories to each other. It is both heartbreaking and heart warming.Some fans of Rachel’s may be surprised at the limited Christian themes in the book. However I felt Rachel was able to make her drive her point home very well.Sexual content - wife cheats on her husbandViolence - a fist fight at a weddingI received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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  • Dawn Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    "Precious. Timeless. Capsules of life and history. But the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library was not about closed books. It was about open lives." When we meet Jett at the opening of The Fifth Avenue Story Society, the New York literature professor is in jail. He had too much to drink at a friends wedding reception (he has issues with weddings which well learn about) and stepped in to defend a bridesmaid from unwanted advances from a groomsman. He spends the night in jail with a man named "Precious. Timeless. Capsules of life and history. But the Fifth Avenue Literary Society Library was not about closed books. It was about open lives." When we meet Jett at the opening of The Fifth Avenue Story Society, the New York literature professor is in jail. He had too much to drink at a friend’s wedding reception (he has issues with weddings which we’ll learn about) and stepped in to defend a bridesmaid from unwanted advances from a groomsman. He spends the night in jail with a man named Chuck, who also stepped into the fight. The two don’t exactly become friends that night, but their lives again intersect when they both receive a mysterious anonymous invitation to The Fifth Avenue Story Society. At the first Society meeting, Jett and Uber/limo driver Chuck come face to face with a widower named Ed, cosmestics CEO and high-society woman Coral, and Jett’s ex-wife, Lexa who is consumed by her job and her ambition. Though no one knows why they’ve been invited or by whom, the group decides to continue meeting on Monday nights over a shared meal. The very different group of individuals share enough of their lives that they begin to have genuine relationship. Ultimately, The Fifth Avenue Story Society is a tale of community and trust. It’s about healing from past hurts by having the courage and faith to walk through the pain with honesty. The characters find and forge connections with each other but each also learns about himself/herself and finds a second chance at happiness. I enjoyed watching these people from different walks of life and different life experiences interact and begin to care about one another. The novel does a good job of showing the characters’ progressions as they learn to be vulnerable and share their difficult stories and life secrets with one another. I liked that there was a decent amount of complexity to their lives and their identities, each being uniquely believeable. One of the characters has a story of coming to faith. I appreciated that although this is a Christian novel, for the majority of the work only one of the characters really discusses faith. It took some suspension of disbelief to buy into these disparate New Yorkers being willing to keep meeting with one another, so I liked that believability wasn’t further stretched by making them all Christians. However (*spoiler warning*), by the novel’s end, all five have begun to reach out to God and advance in their own faith journeys. I found this kind of ending a bit too pat and happily-ever-after. Still, the novel was a pleasure to read and is well-suited for TV film adaptation (think Hallmark Channel). Verdict: 4 of 5 Hearts. Five Lonely New Yorkers Find Community and Hope Through Shared Personal Stories.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book! It was kind of hard to get into it in the beginning but as I read on it got better and better.Five people get an invite from all over the city out of the blue.I think my favorite scene was at the beginning. I can relate to what happened. I'm not a big fan of crowds either but I would respect my friends and show up either way it went. I kind of had to snicker at how and where they ended up. I love Rachel's books. I love her stories and how they can be very realistic and I liked this book! It was kind of hard to get into it in the beginning but as I read on it got better and better.Five people get an invite from all over the city out of the blue.I think my favorite scene was at the beginning. I can relate to what happened. I'm not a big fan of crowds either but I would respect my friends and show up either way it went. I kind of had to snicker at how and where they ended up. I love Rachel's books. I love her stories and how they can be very realistic and believable!! Her writing is amazing!!I ended up staying up all night and finishing it. Wonderful plot and Characters that you can believe in and some you can even make friends with. Either way I hated to say goodbye to them. I am going reread this when it comes out in print. I'm also going to ask my library to order it so I can.My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
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  • Ani
    January 1, 1970
    very disappointed in the resolution of this story- literally deus ex machina. There was no early warning it would be religious propaganda. To be beleivbale as literature, the story needs to have enough weight of truth that you dont need formulaic beleifs to find the resolution convincing. very disappointed in the resolution of this story- literally deus ex machina. There was no early warning it would be religious propaganda. To be beleivbale as literature, the story needs to have enough weight of truth that you don’t need formulaic beleifs to find the resolution convincing.
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