Idea for a novel: Kathi Linz – Seymour Tribune

Last name: Kathi Linz

Job title: Information Services Assistant for the Jackson County Public Library

What is the name of the book and author you recommend?

I recommend “The Writing Desk” by Rachel Hauck. I have enjoyed many of his books, but this is the one that stood out to me the most.

What made you want to get this book in the first place?

I like to write, and the title alone convinced me.

Kathi Linz shows some of the books written by author Rachel Hauck.  picture SUBMITTED
Kathi Linz shows some of the books written by author Rachel Hauck. picture SUBMITTED

Once you got into the book, what made you want to keep reading it?

The book is divided into two stories that take place a century apart. Two of the main characters share an office but in different times and in very different worlds. I don’t want to spoil the reader’s enjoyment of the story, but one of the book’s authors is a fraud. How did Birdie’s story get into someone else’s book?

When you finished the book, what did you enjoy?

I enjoyed the connections between the different characters, the way there is a family connection as well as the way the office is passed down from one generation to the next.

What is the book about?

This book is no stranger than real life.

(Past) Birdie is an educated, upper-class young woman just after World War I. Her mother is a social climber and wants to take Mrs. Astor’s place at the helm of New York society. Birdie wants to write books and marry for love, if and when she gets married.

(Past) Eli is a peer in England, forced to marry for money rather than love in order to keep his family’s estate in good order. He met Birdie before the war and fell in love with her, but her father won’t waste his money on a noble Old World family.

(Current) Tenley is a New York writer who wins an award for her first novel. The prize is awarded through a foundation established by his great-grandfather, Gordon Phipps Roth. Gordon had relations with Birdie during their time. Tenley’s recently deceased father was a well-known mystery novelist.

(Current) Tenley’s mother abandoned the family when Tenley was young and now lives in Florida. She needs Tenley’s help while she undergoes chemotherapy. Tenley’s boyfriend proposes and then wants her to go to Paris with him for some sort of affair.

Tenley has a reading deadline in about three months, and she can’t come up with a new story to save his life. What does Tenley decide to do? Will his new book be written? How does Birdie solve the problem of being a New York socialite and writer? It’s just not done. Will either of them find the right marriage partner?

Why would you recommend this book to others?

If you don’t mind jumping from one part of the story to another, you’ll enjoy this book. Complications pile up and end up unfolding very satisfactorily.

I would love to recommend any of Rachel Hauck’s books. I am currently reading “A Royal Christmas Wedding”. I don’t pick up romances very often, but this one has a fascinating lore at its core. A young man climbed to the top of the bell tower with 182 worn stone steps and rang it at midnight on the evening of the harvest festival. Then he would woo the woman he had chosen and marry her on Christmas Day, if she showed up for the wedding. One hundred and eighty-two years ago, a prince and his friend were walking up the stairs. The prince rang the bell and then told his friend who he wanted to marry. The friend says he wants to marry the same lady. A fight ensues and the prince falls down the tower stairs to his death. No one has rung the bell since until this year when the bell rang on its own as two men were once again in the tower. You may also enjoy this book if you are looking for a story with a satisfying ending.

These books are available in regular or large print and also on Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby to enjoy on your various devices.

Irene B. Bowles