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The Fifth Avenue Story Society (edició 2020)

de Rachel Hauck (Autor)

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"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a captivating new novel about the healing power of story, community, and love"--
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Títol:The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Autors:Rachel Hauck (Autor)
Informació:Thomas Nelson (2020), 400 pages
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The Fifth Avenue Story Society de Rachel Hauck

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From the synopsis you think you are getting a novel about five New Yorkers meeting and sharing their stories in a magical Manhattan library. Nobody is more disappointed than me that this author did not live up to the promise in the synopsis. I gave this book until Chapter 11, and so far the intimate meetings of the Fifth Avenue Story Society consisted of 'Why are we here?' 'Will there be food?' 'Are you going to help me write my memoir?' 'Why is HE here?' 'Why should I continue?' and 'Library is closing'. Do these meeting last only fifteen minutes? Each chapter is from one character's point of view. The five characters were as dull as a butter knife. Lexa, workaholic doormat who fancies herself a CEO candidate, but goes for weeks without being able to make the assertion in a sentence that she deserves the job (I wouldn't hire her), frankly, I've seen her character before, nothing new here (her neighbor Abby seemed be living a more interesting life), Jett Wilder, sort of a ridiculous name, bland hot guy nerd who begins the story in the aftermath of a wedding brawl but can't seem to stand up to his Literature department head about a biography (and why is he confused his space navy Sci-Fi book was not a runaway best-seller?), Chuck, the Uber driver with poor impulse control and not much else going for him, Coral, heir to an elite cosmetic empire and tabloid fodder runaway bride, and lastly, Ed, a blue collar senior citizen. He's obsessed about writing the love story between himself and his late wife Esmerelda, but seems to have little love for his neighbors or the "Society" members. Given their busy lives and no evidence they read books, I find it highly implausible Lexa, Coral or Chuck would actually show up when given a vague invitation to a library event. I read books, and I'm not sure the invitation, as written, would compel me to go. I'd probably chuck it in the recycle basket. Too bad I didn't decline this novel's invitation.
Sorry, but if you can't grab my interest better than this by a third way into the novel and live up to your title, then it's time to move on. I would not recommend this book or this author, as her character development was weak, story progression inordinately slow with much repetition (I thought I was rereading a passage over again), overuse of allusion to interesting backstories (which might not be worth the wait) and writing skills mildly shaky. ( )
  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
Saw the cover and saw it was available at the library and decided, "Why not?" It sounded like a nice, quiet, cozy read (it's Christian fiction according to Goodreads, which turns out to be true). Five different strangers are invited to the Fifth Avenue Story Society without knowing why but are also given the opportunity to rewrite their stories.

So we are treated to a tale of five different characters going through various issues: divorce, death of a spouse, trying to get themselves together, aiming for that CEO job, sorting out their love lives, etc. It rotates through these characters throughout the story (which can be a difficult device to do well but it seemed okay here) as each of them work their way through life, resolve whatever their issue(s) is/are and of course come back to a happy ending-ish.

Overall? It was okay. I ended up having about an hour of uninterrupted reading time with no interruptions so I had a chance to really sit with the book, which helped. The alternating POVs can be, as mentioned, difficult for an author to pull off. I don't think Hauck was especially great at it, but as the story went along I felt I understood the characters and could tell them apart. It is also definitely one of those books that needs to be woven in this way to work.

But as negative reviews note: you do realize it is Christian fiction towards the end of the book. I wondered if it was me becoming impatient but rather too much cliche combined with being hammered over the head with the fact that this is a religious book. This will work for many. It didn't with me.

If you're looking for a "quiet" read that doesn't have gratuitous sex, violence, drugs, etc. this is it. But there are certainly issues (as mentioned above) so it's also not without some drama. If you don't mind the religious aspect this might be a good read for you. If you're like me and hate alternating POVs, this might be best read when you've got a lot of quiet time (plane ride, waiting for something that requires a lot of cooking time, a dedicated time when it's stormy outside, etc.).

Library borrow for me and that was best. ( )
1 vota HoldMyBook | Dec 28, 2020 |
This book was five stories in one and how five strangers can become best friends. I liked the setting: I've never been to Manhattan, but I feel I know it through books, TV, and movies. I don't think I could pick a favorite character, but I may have related to Coral the most, because she was a Christian from the beginning of the book. ( )
  eliorajoy | Nov 17, 2020 |
Five people each at a crossroads in their lives, receive an invitation to come to a meeting at The Fifth Avenue Story Society.

I thought this story was fun and engaging. I loved how the author gave each person their own backstory unrelated to all the others. There was some predictable moments in this book, but I felt they added to the story. Each person is faced with decisions in the past that bring them to this point and is why they received the invitation to the story society. I came to love each of the characters and their stories, and as with any good book there was redemption in the end.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  foxandbooks | Aug 19, 2020 |
Five people, five lives that are about to cross in unexpected and surprising ways; this makes up the main thread of the story. Lexa, Jett, Ed, Coral, and Chuck receive invitations to meet for a "story society." As they get to know each other, enjoying conversation and food each week, the society becomes more important for each of them. Untold secrets and underlying truths are revealed in the weekly meetings, leading up to the final crashing conclusion. This story has enough twists and turns for any reader, maintaining interest until the final page is reached. The epilogue wraps it all up in a happy ending, but not until the characters experience a roller-coaster ride of experiences and emotions.

This was a book that I could not put down and kept me reading into the night time hours. The Christian message is overt and churchy, but not preachy or judgmental. Each reader is left to find the underlying message in the story along with the characters. Highly recommended and clean read.

I received this book from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Mar 25, 2020 |
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