Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Angela Hunt
Publisher: Hunt Haven Press
“She choked on the word, because Matt and Andie weren’t strangers any more. They had become friends – good friends – in the time they’d spent together. Bonded by chance and liberated by the assumption that they’d never meet again, they’d been more honest with each other than with most of the people they saw every day,” Angela Hunt writes about three train travelers in her novel, Passing Strangers.
At three hundred and fifty pages, this paperback targets those that like contemporary Christian fiction involving relationships. With a few slang words and no sex scenes or violence, the topics of physical and emotional abuse may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgements, discussion questions, and author’s biography along with a list of her written books.
In this current-day tome taking place mainly on a train ride from Washington D.C. to Florida, lives intersect as each makes life-changing decisions. There is Andie Crystal, a thirty-year old woman forced to take a vacation as she hides her past as part of the famous televised family that sings and performs. Recently widowed Matthew Scofield cannot handle his two young children and be a successful lawyer at the same time so is en route to his mother’s house to rectify the problem. With a black eye and a broken heart, middle-aged Janette Turlington cannot decide if she should leave permanently or return as wife and mother in Arkansas.
As they each embark on the ten day trip via the rails, the trio with kids in tow ramble through the historic towns of Williamsburg, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine to reach personal destinations that will change lives.
While the loners crave human connection, Andie, Matthew, and Janette become familiar as they struggle to find their purpose on earth. Having divorced herself from any personal or professional attachment to her family, Andie questions the last eleven years when she learns her mother is terminally ill. Matthew, still unable to grieve for his deceased wife, wonders what kind of single parent he can be to his two kids he barely knows. Having left without telling her husband, Janette ponders what life would be without those she loves.
Written as three congruous books of train traveling through lives that are tossed and jostled along with stops and starts, Hunt gathers unexpected souls that unknowingly help each other as they depend on their new-found track of friends.
Thanks to The Book Club Network Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.