- Title The Christmas Train
- Author David Baldacci
- Year 2004
- Genres Christmas, Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight 'misunderstanding' at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades 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, where he will rediscover people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.
Aww, a nice Christmas story to read over the festive build-up, only actually there’s quite a lot of darkness in this one. A war reporter is travelling long distance by train across America, and finds himself not only finding interesting characters that he can make a story out of but becoming part of the story himself. Long-lost faces, surprise visits, a thief, and some severe weather all play a part in the narrative.
I really enjoyed the book, it wasn’t too challenging, and did leave me with a nice festive feeling. There were just two moments I wasn’t totally on board with - around the wedding talk, things felt like they got just a bit too corny for people who had only just met, and then at the end, the twist seemed just that little bit too far-fetched for me.
However, I can totally see this being adapted into a movie, so it obviously flowed well and had good, well-rounded, characters. A great story.
Rating: 5 / 5