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Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Christian Writer'S Guild
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful bookJuly 27, 2014ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Angela Hunt never fails to provide a delightful story and Passing Strangers is no exception. In a great twist of authorship, she tells of the lives of three different people. As the three meet on a ten-day train trip, they not only encounter each other, they find friendship, healing and the courage to do what they need to do.
In the first story, Andie Crystal is forced to take a vacation from work by her boss. A complete workaholic, Andie is content to keep busy and live alone. Shes known a life of publicity and fame and wants nothing to do with that world again. When she is contacted by her attorney and told her mother is ill, Andie wrestles with old ghosts and the unforgiveness that has allowed her to reinvent herself. Old wounds and losses surface and demand attention. Andie must decide if she will give them the attention that is long overdue. If she acknowledges the ghosts of the past, she might lose everything she has worked so hard to obtain and protect.
In the second story, Matthew Scofield, widower and father of two, boards the train to spend time with his children and visit his mother. After the loss of his beloved wife only a year ago, Matthew has immersed himself in his law career while neglecting his duties as a father. When the last babysitter has had enough and quits, Matthew knows he has got to work on a new plan in caring for his children. Being a driven and diligent man, he knows the value of hard work and wants to succeed at being a lawyer. With the right amount of money and prestige, he can offer his children all of the things he never had but that requires extra long hours at work and he cant do that with two children and no mother. When he arrives at his mothers house unannounced he has perfected his plea for his mothers help but is flabbergasted when she doesnt react the way he anticipated. Matthew comes face to face with his inadequacies as a father, his career goals and the loss of his wife.
In the third story, we meet Janette Turlington. She has boarded the train to run away from her life. With a black eye barely concealed, she tries to ignore the life shes left behind and gather the courage to start over. But her heart is torn between the pain of her home life and the unknowns of the future. She is able to help others with advice but she has none to offer herself. Her faith gives her hope but shes worn down by life and overwhelmed beyond measure. When she meets a strange new friend, he provides the wisdom she has been longing for.
By far, Janette was my favorite character and her story was heart wrenching. In a quote from her story, Janettes friend says, Look at this. His long, slender finger tapped the folded newspaper on the bench. You see this paper? You couldnt see anything on that white surface without dark ink, could you? A sheet of clean newsprint might be pretty, but it wouldnt show you a thing. Even so, the Father uses the valley of shadow to teach you about His sufficiency and goodness. Dont despair, child, while youre walking through it. (pg. 277)
Passing Strangers is a fantastic read with not only a great story but thought provoking messages as well. Angela Hunt is a wonderful author and I can honestly say Ive never been disappointed in her books. I can say that Passing Strangers is a notch above the rest. Definitely a must read!
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Passing StrangersJuly 20, 2014muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4
This was a good read. I like the way how a Amtrak tour draws 3 strangers together who form a very unlikely friendship. This book follows Andi Crystal, a former reality TV star, Matthew Scofield, a widower with 2 young children and Janette Turlington, a middle-aged mother running from troubles at home. These three don't have much in common yet they form a friendship and help each other through their own trials. This book was very inspiring and I would recommend this book to others. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great christian readJuly 19, 2014DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5
A wonderful and enjoyable story that captured me from the beginning. It only took me two days to read as I wanted to see what would happen in the lives of the characters.
Three travelers on a train touring the southern seaboard from totally different backgrounds meet and form a special friendship. Andie Crystal a former child TV star is hiding from per past and her identity. She is on the train because she has been forced to take a vacation from her current job. Janette Turlington, middle aged is running away from her husband and daughter due to a situation at home that is slowly destroying her life. Matthew Scofield recently lost his wife. Being the sole parent to two young children he feels he cannot be the father they need.
I love how Angela Hunt brought the three strangers together and how she has given us the background story of each one and woven them together. Angela is a talented author and tells a story that includes topics dealing with abuse, single parenting, issues with mental health, forgiveness, love, healing and friendships. I would love to read more about how their lives and friendship continue to evolve.
A great book and I highly recommend it.
I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't be a Stranger to This Book!July 18, 2014Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Review Title: Don't be a Stranger to This Book!! (review of Passing Strangers by Angela Hunt)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
Passing Strangers sparkles with vibrancy. The three adult train riding characters are each on a journey away from some form of near death of their life expectations. Two of the characters chose the trip not knowing what the time away would bring them to when they had time to think clearly and process their situations. The third character had the trip forced upon her
because she had vacation time piled up at work and the boss insisted and made arrangements for her to take long overdue vacation time. Each of the characters did not consider that they might just meet some folks who would become like real family to them. Add two adorable, yet rambunctious at times, children and you find yourself reading a story you can't put down.
My husband read this book to me as we did our work/home commute. He was as eager to read the story as I was to hear it! I loved venturing along as the train stops in southern cities with a few days down time to explore each location. Angela Hunt, probably unknowingly, wrote a great book for train industry advertising! It sure made me feel such a trip would be fun.
The character development is thorough and makes you feel like you, too, are getting to know these worthwhile people. Each suffers hurts caused by situations in their family lives that have been out of their control. Because this is contemporary fiction, you will recognize many of the details mentioned and feel right at home in the story. It's all authentic. The romance slowly grows, but you really don't know how it will all turn out because each of the people involved in the romance have detours to take away from the scheduled trip, and you have to read it to find out if everyone reconnects or if the detour leads to a new life in that direction. Can you tell I don't want to give too much of the story away? I want you to enjoy it as much as we did!
This is a wonderful book for parents to read because the story involves having to make decisions about what is best for the children and also for the family as a whole. Grandmotherly wisdom is displayed in a compelling way. Parents will be blessed to read the book for that feature as an added benefit to the superb storytelling.
I purchased this book through the author so I could acquire an autographed copy. I am more than happy with my purchase. I highly recommend this book.
MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5They meet as strangers, part as friendsJuly 11, 2014MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
â€œPassing Strangersâ€ by Angela Hunt is a book about the lives of three strangers and how they meet and come to care for each other. This story is a new twist on train travel and getting to know your travel companions. It is interesting how their paths cross and each person is able to share his or her burden and develop a deep respect and friendship for each other.
I liked that each of the main characters had their own space in the bookâ€¦Angela Hunt has broken it down into three separate sections, yet they are still linked together. This left me desiring to learn more about the next person. â€œPassing Strangersâ€ deals with several topics, such as single parenting, workaholics, mental health problems and especially, loneliness! Forgiveness for wrongs is huge, even when the other people donâ€™t know they have done wrong, it is still up to us to always forgive!
My favorite part of this book is the reminder not to allow ourselves to wallow in self-pity, but to notice those around us, â€œâ€¦you nearly tripped over the foot of a young mother who just miscarried her baby, and you barely noticed the old man who is so lonely he comes downtown just to be near other people. You didnâ€™t see the couple whoâ€™ve recently lost their home, you didnâ€™t notice the sad little girl whose uncle has stolen her purityâ€¦â€ So much heartache all around us, I need this reminder to not be so inward focused!
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.