Review: The Baggage Handler

The Baggage Handler





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?

The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings is an extraordinary novel that lingered in my heart long after I finished it.”—Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of The House at Saltwater Point and the Lavender Tide series

When three people take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, their lives change forever.

A hothead businessman coming to the city for a showdown meeting to save his job.

A mother of three hoping to survive the days at her sister’s house before her niece’s wedding.

And a young artist pursuing his father’s dream so he can keep his own alive.

When David, Gillian, and Michael each take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, the airline directs them to retrieve their bags at a mysterious facility in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the enigmatic Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed, and carrying it with them is slowing them down in ways they can’t imagine. And they must deal with it before they can leave.

In this modern-day parable about the burdens that weigh us down, David Rawlings issues an inspiring invitation to lighten the load.

Rating: 5-stars


The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings is an awe-inspiring journey. One that took me into the lives of three very different characters. Their perspectives and personalities also differed and added more life onto the pages. It was an eye opener. The book is a mirrored reflection into the hearts and souls of people involved in this plot. Made me think deeper about my own life.

The writing reminded me, as a human being, to take moments to breathe. Life has many ups and downs. It’s how we see our lives that make us happier or more worried. Baggage from these characters dives deeper than just the wrong luggage taken. It gave more meaning and definition to the characters and their future. The style was easy to follow and read. I liked each protagonist. Heartfelt, engaging, and thought provoking-this is the novel everyone should read.

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