Sunday, 18 December 2016

Christmas Novella: The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Christmas Novella:
Stories to get you in the spirit.
Publication date: 1st November 2004
Published by:  Warner Books

Publisher's synopsis
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.

My Review

The Christmas train is a novella with multiple themes including, a love story, a crime mystery, an action adventure and more.  It wants to offer something for everyone.  The difficulty with this approach is that the book is too short to allow each aspect of the story to develop fully, and the story lines seem a bit rushed.  Published in 2004, it feels rather dated but is does offer up some laughs, suspense and intrigue.  It is a quick and light read that many will enjoy.

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