Posted:  Jan. 10, 2014

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci  Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief ... and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

I liked this story for a number of reasons. First it was set on a train and I have always liked trains growing up in a town that was there because of them. Second the man of the story Tom, cannot fly in the U.S. because he broke the tsa agent hand wand at the airport and was put on a restriction list. Though the people behind him were applauding at the time. And third he must have overcome his fears of commitment when he meets the women who he feels left him years before. They now being trapped so of speak need to work out the past. This is mostly from his side, she is firm in how she feels and lets him know about it. Along with this story line there are others as well. You get to meet the people who work on the trains and who provide the service in the sleeper cars, the food cars, handle luggage and all of the other duties it takes to go cross country on a train. The characters of the story really add to the making of this book and bring everything together. There are times you forget about the two main characters and allow yourself to get caught up in some of the other ones. They might be a lonely older person who lost their spouse and wanting to be with family did not want to fly, so they took the train to be with more people and feel safe. Just one example. But Mr. Baldacci really makes you feel as you are with these people on the train. A beautiful story not just for Christmas time but for any time. I got this book from net galley.  

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