Passing Strangers by Angela Hunt is a highly interesting story. I listened to this book on Audiblemy first experience with an audiobook. I was impressed with the high quality and the excellent narration.
This is a wonderful story, weaving together the lives of three families and three adults specifically. Each is dealing with family problems and challenges. One woman had spent her life, trying to stay out of her famous familys limelightto finally realize through the help of two other train travelers, that family is important, no matter how difficult the situation may be. Another woman had run away from her family situation; she could not deal any longer with her daughters emotional problems and abuse directed at her. It became so bad that she had to escape to save herself. Through the course of her train trip, with the friendship of the other travelers and a divine encounter, she finds courage to face a life-threatening situation. The final passenger of the three is dealing with the loss of his wifethe one who cared for his two young children and without whom he did not know how to cope or interact with his kids. The two women travelers in a few short days teach him how to connect to his children and to be the father that his kids need. Their encounter on the train changes all of their lives for the good and forms lasting relationships.
A very enjoyable story, excellently crafted and narrated. It is uplifting and gives life lessons on relationships and how necessary people are to each other. I would recommend this book. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
The three main characters are Andie Crystal, Matthew Scofield, and Janette Turlington. They are vastly different from each other and they are all struggling with situations in their lives that have left them feeling alone and unable to connect with others. They are each so well developed that I was able to feel a connection with each of them early on in the story.
I loved how Angela introduced them to the reader as well as to each other. It simply started as loners that didnt want to eat alone. Then as they spent time with each other they became friends. At different times throughout the story different ones were able to speak words of wisdom to another one.
Each of the main characters grew throughout the story and there was a lot of insight shared in this story about how people should treat family members. It did a great job of getting me to think about my own relationships with my family members. This included a number of different family relationships; mother/grown child, grown siblings, spouses, father/young children.
I absolutely loved the narrator for this audio book. Her voice is very smooth and easy to listen to. The accents and voice changes that she used for the dialog of different characters was fabulous. It added an extra dimension to the listening experience for this story. I will be looking for more books that she has narrated.
I received a free audio book copy of this novel through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
This was a really enjoyable read. It can be easy to seek out friends on a trip and then start to tell them your secrets. People you barely know can be easier to tell your troubles to than people you are close to. I look forward to reading more of Angela hunts books. I received this from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
Sometimes you need to see your life through the eyes of someone else...
September 14, 2014
Blooming with Books
By Angela Hunt
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all if you have any hope of surviving. And Janette Turlington needs to get away from the stresses of her life now. And an Amtrak train tour is her escape. The stress of dealing with her 25 year old troubled daughter is about to pull her under.
Andie Crystal has been trying to escape her past as a reality star by throwing herself into job. But suddenly she is forced into taking an all expense paid vacation by her employer. And Andie hates traveling. And adding to her stress, she's just learned her mother is dying but wants to turn it into a media circus reunion show.
Matthew Scofield lost his wife a year ago and he is at a crossroad where his 2 young children are concerned. He can't keep keep a sitter because of his work schedule. He is getting desperate to find stability for Roman and Emilia, but he's not willing to sacrifice his career doing it.
When these 3 come together old wounds will start to heal and they get an insight into their own situations that they didn't have before. Sometimes we need to step back and let someone see for us so that get a clear view. This is an interesting book in that it looks at 3 different people who are going through 3 different difficulties in their personal lives and how they find help when they reach out to help one another.
I was provided a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.