About the Book
In a similar vein to The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory, The Baggage Handler is a contemporary story that explores one question: What baggage are you carrying?
Three people take a flight that will change their lives forever.
Fresh off a run-in with his wife, harried businessman David disembarks the plane angry and impatient.
Gillian thought she would be more excited about coming to her niece’s wedding, but she is just hoping to survive.
Malcolm has gambled everything on this trip to start his fledgling artistic career. To him, failure means working in hardware in what his father calls “a real job.”
After each picks up the wrong suitcase, they make their way to a mysterious baggage depot in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed.
A simple baggage mix-up at the airport is more than an inconvenience when it forces three people to face the baggage they are unknowingly carrying around.
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Wow! I don’t know how else to start this review! This book is the perfect combination between a powerful message and fun storytelling. I must confess that it took me a bit to really get into the book; the setup just seemed to drag a little bit to me. After that, however, I couldn’t put it down.
I’ll start with characters. Believable and/or realistic characters have always been important to me, and I think this book accomplished that. Each character had their own “baggage” they had to deal with, but not everyone is willing to deal with it like they should. I love how diverse the problems were for each character. Sometimes books have the same character type, just with different names. Not this book. And the Baggage Handler – I just loved him! He has so many different sides to his character that work and make you love him even more. The way his personality changes with each character to reflect the help they need makes his character that much stronger.
Plot next! Even though the story jumps between three characters I didn’t feel lost. Each character gets their own time in separate chapters. I love how the author took something like mixing up luggage at an important and turned it into a whole plot about people either taking care of their “baggage” or choosing to ignore it.
I absolutely loved this book. 4 stars for sure!
I was given a copy of this book via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
About the Author
David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father-of-three who loves humor and a clever turn-of-phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.
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