The Fifth Avenue Story Society

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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.
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Intrigue. Mystery. Perspective. Relationship.  Each of these words is how I would describe The Fifth Avenue Story Society. It begins with an invitation being sent to five individuals who are as different as they can be. The invitation is to attend a Story Society which is as ambiguous as the invitation itself. Who sent it? Why did they receive it? Is there a connection? Those are the questions that will be discovered throughout the pages of book.

It’s not a fast paced mystery or suspense book, nor is it a riveting romance. I think I would describe it like a Sunday afternoon drive after church down the old country roads – like in the movies because who does this anymore. Or maybe like a long stroll down the beach where you let every sound, smell and touch sink into the depths of your soul. With the turn of every page you learn more about the characters pasts, current situations and hidden woes. Relationships between characters begin to develop as you see the layers of hurt, mistrust, anger and facades exposed. Perspectives shift with every passing week but the mystery is still looming – because what is a Story Society anyway. No spoilers here, so you will just have to read it for the answers to all of these questions.

The storyline is so deep and thought out, as well as being unique and powerful. It is definitely a book that I will go back and read again, because I know I will find more truths and wisdom the second time through. It’s also a book that will make you think about the people you encounter in your every day path and maybe even give you a new lens to see them through. If you haven’t already figured it out, I highly recommend reading The Fifth Avenue Story Society.


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