Book Review: Childhood memories create 'Excess Baggage'

“Excess Baggage” by Sean Gardner is centered around four main characters: Tara Stevens, a successful record executive; Dorian Daniels, a promising advertising director; Christian James, an ambitious attorney; and Nona Jones, a dedicated regist

Excess Baggage” by Sean Gardner is centered around four main characters: Tara Stevens, a successful record executive; Dorian Daniels, a promising advertising director; Christian James, an ambitious attorney; and Nona Jones, a dedicated registered nurse. Gardner is very good when it comes to making characters come alive, I got so involved with the first two characters’ lives that I was a bit disappointed when the author would switch back and forth from one different character to another. But Sean Gardner did an excellent job in making you feel as though you were right there on the scene. One of the characters, Christian, would have nightmares almost every night about the tragic suicidal death of his mother. Although his mother was loving and kind to him, he would suppress memories of her because of that tragedy. Fast forward years later when Christian becomes an adult and meets the second character, nurse Nona Jones. She comforts and sympathizes with him when he has nightmares that stem from his childhood. But more drama ensues from his childhood to work. Christian discovers that his firm is representing the plaintiff in a case against Nona’s employer, Jackson Memorial Hospital. “Tomorrow will be my job to tear you to shreds and make your employer look like a liar,” he said to Nona. Winning the case would be the largest one ever in his career. Now switching gears, the author introduces us to Tara Stevens and Dorian Daniels. Dorian gets re-introduced to a beautiful woman named Tara at a nightclub, he decides to step to her, and after delivering a worn out “Come on” line, he discovers that Tara is someone he knew before—his old girlfriend who had dumped him three years prior, left town and never told him. Eventually they get back together again and start to date. They both pretend that they don’t care for one another, and they each put up their respective “walls” in order to avoid their real feelings towards one another. But eventually the walls come crashing down when tragic events happen in their lives that force them to let down their emotional walls.

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