Blurb; Nobody ever talks to strangers on the train. It’s a rule. But what would happen if they did? From the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of The Authenticity Project, a heartwarming novel about unexpected friendships and the joy of connecting.
Every day Iona, a larger-than-life magazine advice columnist, travels the ten stops from Hampton Court to Waterloo Station by train, accompanied by her dog, Lulu. Every day she sees the same people, whom she knows only by nickname: Impossibly-Pretty-Constant-Reader and Terribly-Lonely-Teenager. Of course, they never speak. Seasoned commuters never do.
Then one morning, the man she calls Smart-But-Sexist-Manspreader chokes on a grape right in front of her. He’d have died were it not for the timely intervention of Sanjay, a nurse, who gives him the Heimlich maneuver.
This single event starts a chain reaction, and an eclectic group of people with almost nothing in common except their commute discover that a chance encounter can blossom into much more. It turns out that talking to strangers can teach you about the world around you–and even more about yourself.
My Review; A new author to me. I got this because I bought it a while back for my friend so I gave it a go. I was not disappointed. An easy, fast paced read. An uplifting read. A coming together, happy ending for all story. Perfection. I enjoyed every page. I think this book also highlighted to me how ignorant we have all become in this day and age. How many of the same people do you see each morning? Walk by? Travel with? What if we all just said hello or smiled? I believe similar to this story the world would be a much happier place. I myself walked past a certain lady and her children every morning for must have been a year and guess what? We are now really really good friends. Crazy right? The story is told through each other the different characters but the main character Iona started it all and becomes a huge part of all the other characters stories. Each character is facing their own personal problems but Iona will help each of them. But what about Iona? Does she need help? Honestly a brilliant read and all while mostly set on a train. Short chapters. I really think this will end up in my top reads of the year. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend.