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Summary

Five strangers get the 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 reveal 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 captivating story full of heart, soul, and humor kept me turning pages until midnight to finish it. Rachel weaves the perfect amount of tension and opens possibilities to keep the reader pondering long after the story is over. I loved it!” (Francine Rivers, New York Times best-selling author)

“Rachel Hauck’s flair for inviting prose and well-drawn characters shines in this delightful story about searching for hope and healing within the most unexpected circle of people. Finely tuned themes of love, self-authenticity and discovering the benevolent hand of providence make this one sweet gem of a book.” (Susan Meissner, best-selling author of The Last Year of the War)

Sweet, contemporary stand-alone.

Audiobook length: approximately 100,000 words.

Includes discussion questions for book clubs.

©2020 Rachel Hauck (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

Critic reviews

“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!” (Robin Lee Hatcher, Christy Award-winning author of Who I Am with You and Cross My Heart)

“What a delightful surprise! Five near-strangers discover the story of their lives after meeting under the most unusual of invitations. The Fifth Avenue Story Society is both complex and spellbinding, and I found it difficult not to flip to the back in search of the hopeful conclusion. But I’m glad I held out and, without a single doubt, you will be too. The Fifth Avenue Story Society allows readers to slip into another world and, in doing so, find the story of their own lives.” (Eva Marie Everson, best-selling author and president of Word Weavers International)

“A delightful and insightful story about broken dreams and dreams reborn. A tale of deep emotion and even deeper friendships. I loved this novel and the memorable characters Rachel Hauck has created. Just get ready for your heart to be changed in a beautiful way.” (James L. Rubart, Christy Hall of Fame author)

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  • Debbie
  • 11-07-20

Loved it!!

Great story, great performance, loved it!! There should be more such inspirational and real stories out there!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-20

A Great Inspirational Story

This was a really good story of five characters drawn together with an invitation. I found it interesting and encouraging. I love the how God’s love and healing are woven into the story beautifully. Well done!

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  • Smockingmama
  • 02-03-20

Loved this story!

Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite Christian authors!! This story kept me wanting to not stop!!! Thanks!

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  • Carina Myburgh
  • 01-03-20

Delightful

What a delightful story! I enjoyed the characters and each one's journey so much! Really a wonderful book to listen to!

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  • Bailey
  • 13-02-20

A wonderful book.

This is a wonderful book. I admire this author and how she weaves the Lords hand in the story. Thank you Rachael Hauck for your books. Can’t wait til the next book. PATRICIA B.

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  • Renee Brackeen
  • 11-02-20

Great book!

Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite authors! This book has a unique story line and I would definitely recommend it! She is a great storyteller and held my attention. Can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-20

Loved every word!!

This story really touched me. I loved how the author revealed every mystery. It came together so well! Highly recommend.

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  • Annie caves
  • 17-11-20

love this story

I enjoyed listening to this book. I enjoyed how the characters interacted. they had their ups and downs as a group but faught through.

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  • Love to Read!
  • 23-10-20

Beautiful soul stirring story!

I loved ths book ! didn't struggle for a nanosecond! This is a beautiful story of friendship, love, forgiveness, and redemption. it is also about facing your own demons, helping and supporting others along the way, how your story could just be beginning. I love the theme of the truth shall set you free! Stirred up my soul a bit....it is wonderful when a book reaches deep inside you!

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  • Pamela
  • 10-10-20

A Christian centered theme

I listened to this novel for many hours before being broadsided with the answer to one of the novels mysteries. Although I have no objection to "Christian" novels or for those who search for them, this book should be clearly marked as a "Christian read." Be prepared for the Hallmark images of the adults getting together with coffee, sodas, and sitting around the fire drinking hot chocolate.