About the Book
In a similar vein to The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory, The Baggage Handler is a contemporary story that explores one question: What baggage are you carrying?
Three people take a flight that will change their lives forever. Fresh off a run-in with his wife, harried businessman David disembarks the plane angry and impatient. Gillian thought she would be more excited about coming to her niece’s wedding, but she is just hoping to survive. Malcolm has gambled everything on this trip to start his fledgling artistic career. To him, failure means working in hardware in what his father calls “a real job.” After each picks up the wrong suitcase, they make their way to a mysterious baggage depot in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed. A simple baggage mix-up at the airport is more than an inconvenience when it forces three people to face the baggage they are unknowingly carrying around.
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This is a good book. The plot is well designed. Like an allegory, we gain insights through the actions of the characters. And those characters are well developed. We cheer them on, wondering if they will break through the barriers to be free.
The lessons included in the plot structure are thought provoking. We find we all carry baggage whether we recognize it or not. We learn how we've accumulated it and what it takes to let it go. Perhaps lugging it around is easier than the fight to be free of it. Perhaps the baggage has sentimental attachment. We cling to it even though it might be killing us.
I highly recommend this book. It's a quick read yet is full of valuable information. The truth included is universal. There are no Christian overtones in the book although there certainly could have been and I wish there had been. I'll be thinking about this book for a while and looking for more from this author.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father-of-three who loves humor and a clever turn-of-phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.