Book Description: 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.
My Thoughts: Two lovely brave hearted women, one desk. The writing desk brings these two women together at different times in history.
Birdie Shehorn was dealing with some of the same issues during the Gilded Age that Tenley Roth was dealing with in the tweet-first century.
A story of two women with stories to write and people to deal with. People who don't understand their need to write or their love of the written word. And strong willed mothers who think they know the best for their daughters. But in reality seem to just want to control people's lives.
A great story with sweet romance and the way to love those around you and still pursue your dreams, your calling.
*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*