The Christmas Train: A Book Review

The Christmas Train: A Book Review


By Brenda Hyde

The Christmas Train


By David Baldacci

Published by Warner Books, Inc.

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When I began reading The Christmas Train I wasn't sure what to expect. On the surface I found a man searching for something ...a man afraid of commitment....remembering lost love. It could have been sappy. Instead I found a story with rich characters that took me to another world aboard a train traveling across the United States. I felt as if I took the trip with Tom Langdon, the main character in the book, as he made new friends and discovered what he needed to do to fill that empty void in his life.

The characters in The Christmas Train are larger than life but in an everyday way that makes you want to invite them to coffee or tea. The people you will meet with him are complex, yet simple, and each has a message to share about life and living. As if the people in the book and their lives, weren't enough to reward the reader, David Baldacci, gives us a little suspense, a bit of mystery and a few twists and turns along the way to keep it interesting.

One of the characters, Higgins, shares with an insight:

"You see, at every stop with train makes, a little bit of America, a little bit of your country, gets on and says hello. That's why trains are so popular at Christmas. People get on to meet their country over the holidays. They're looking for some friendship, a warm body to talk to. People don't rush on a train, because that's not what trains are for. "

Don't be mistaken, The Christmas Train, is not to be read just at Christmas. It's a book to read year round. It's a gift to give yourself, to help you remember to slow down, to appreciate your loved ones, and all those quirky, interesting people we meet each day.

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