Passing Strangers

  • by Angela Hunt
  • Narrated by Lia Frederick
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A train roars over the rails, carrying passengers on a trip that will change their lives. Among the many people aboard the 97 Silver Meteor are Andie Crystal, a lonely young woman hiding from her youth as a reality TV star; Matthew Scofield, a widower trying to manage his responsibilities to his two young children; and Janette Turlington, a middle-aged mother running from a situation that has destroyed the peace in her home and marriage.
These three form a makeshift family on an Amtrak tour through the Southern seaboard, a journey that just might heal their wounded hearts and restore them to the people to whom they matter most....

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A wonderful story

Where does Passing Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top 10


What other book might you compare Passing Strangers to and why?

Francine Rivers Her Mother's Hope or Lisa Wingate The Prayer Box
Both are books that are deeply touching to women and provide a godly perspective on handling real life problems.


What does Lia Frederick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent voice animation...bringing the characters to life.


Who was the most memorable character of Passing Strangers and why?

By far, Janette was my favorite character and her story was heart wrenching. In a quote from her story, Janette’s friend says, “Look at this. His long, slender finger tapped the folded newspaper on the bench. You see this paper? You couldn’t see anything on that white surface without dark ink, could you? A sheet of clean newsprint might be pretty, but it wouldn’t show you a thing. Even so, the Father uses the valley of shadow to teach you about His sufficiency and goodness. Don’t despair, child, while you’re walking through it.” (pg. 277)


Any additional comments?

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. She’s 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 can’t do that with two children and no mother. When he arrives at his mother’s house unannounced he has perfected his plea for his mother’s help but is flabbergasted when she doesn’t 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 she’s 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 she’s 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, Janette’s friend says, “Look at this. His long, slender finger tapped the folded newspaper on the bench. You see this paper? You couldn’t see anything on that white surface without dark ink, could you? A sheet of clean newsprint might be pretty, but it wouldn’t show you a thing. Even so, the Father uses the valley of shadow to teach you about His sufficiency and goodness. Don’t despair, child, while you’re 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 I’ve 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.

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- Shai

Three Stories in One

Where does Passing Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Passing Strangers was beautifully written and by far the most enjoyable audio book that I've listened to on Audible thus far.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Jeanette. She is a woman probably about my age and in some similar life situations. She runs away but finds the courage to engage and then come back and face her challenges and see the gifts she has in front of her.


Which scene was your favorite?

Jeanette talking to "Morgan Freeman"! :)


If you could take any character from Passing Strangers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jeanette - I'd like to ask her how things are going now, and how she's healing after all the trauma that she's endured.


Any additional comments?

I love Angela Hunt's writing, she is an amazing storyteller and Passing Strangers was a well-crafted story.

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- Lani - allthiscrazygrace

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2014
  • Publisher: Hunt Haven Press