Award-winning Publishers Weekly Best-selling Author

The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings

When David, Gillian, and Michael arrive at the airport baggage carousel, they’re each in a hurry. They have something to prove on this trip and time is of the essence. However, when they grab their luggage they don’t realize they’ve chosen the wrong one.

David, the hothead businessman, has to save his job by giving the best pitch possible, but when he opens his suitcase to get his presentation, he sees only women’s clothing.

Gillian has arrived to attend her niece’s wedding and wants to impress her sister, so when she only has minutes to change for a luncheon she discovers out of horror her luggage contains men’s clothing.

Michael just wants to be an artist, but his father has other plans and sends him to impress a coach at Clarendon University. He has one shot and needs his spikes from his luggage, but realizes at a glance he has the wrong bag.

Each end up at a remote location to claim their respective bags, but what they discover is something out of the ordinary.

The Baggage Handler is a modern-day parable urging the reader to think about the burdens weighing them down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this thought-provoking book and couldn’t wait to find out how these three individuals got their luggage back. This is more than just another story. There’s a lesson in it for all of us. However, not everyone will learn to let go of their baggage.

David Rawlings is an amazing author who captures the reader’s attention on the first page of this debut novel. The angst imprisoning each character is believable and put me into their shoes. The use of sensory details helps the reader picture and feel everything in each scene.

I also loved the short chapters as I found myself pushing forward to read just “one more” before I closed the book.

The message of this novel will hold the reader in its grasp. It’s powerful. I can’t wait for Mr. Rawlings’ next book!

I give The Baggage Handler four luggage tags. It’s one story that will linger in the reader’s mind for a long time.

**Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and the author in exchange for my honest review.

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 would like to give away my ARC copy of The Baggage Handler. The contest rules are simple—leave a comment on the blog and you will be entered. Bonus entry– if you leave a comment AND share this post on Facebook you will get two entries (tag me on Facebook or let me know in the comments). Contest closes Saturday, March 16th at midnight. Enter now! (Open to residents of the USA and Canada only.)


  1. Diane Spearing

    Sounds awesome… Please pick my name!!!

    • Darlene L. Turner

      LOL! You’re in the draw. Thanks for stopping by, Di! 🙂

  2. Brenda

    Never heard of this author but sounds like a great read!

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi, Brenda! It’s an awesome read. Thought-provoking. I met David at a writer’s conference. Very nice guy! You’re in the draw.

  3. Megan L.

    This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review. I like finding new authors to read.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi, Megan! Yes, it’s always fun to find a new author. You’re in the draw. Thanks for stopping by!


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