Author: Jacqueline Druga
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
Release Date: March 18, 2021
Jonas Truett is a musician trapped in a cycle of bad choices, selfishness and destructive behavior. His family and those who love him see him on a path where there is no positive outcome. Until one night, fate decides differently, sending Jonas down a road that will forever change his life.
It starts with a car accident.
Now, Jonas finds himself in a small town with limited recollection of what has happened or who he is. He recalls only a stranger in the car with him. A stranger who mysteriously disappears after the crash.
Jonas strives to remember his past while moving forward, believing the key to it all starts with the identity of the passenger in his car that fateful night.
Reviewer: Anna Bottoms
The Passenger takes us on a journey through choices, consequences, and redemption in the life of one man.
Jonas has been floating through life existing on bad choices, music, and the benevolence of his parents, until the one night everything comes crashing down around him. When he wakes up in a hospital all he remembers is the man who was in the car with him. Who was that man, and where is he?
As Jonas struggles to find himself, his family struggles with his disappearance and the guilt associated with their broken relationship. Is faith enough to redeem all that was lost and bring new beginnings?
I was drawn into the story, rooting for Jonas as he becomes the man he was always meant to be. His dad’s character also drew me in, the love of a stern father seeking redemption in relationship with his son. Great book.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author through Interviews and Reviews. This is my honest opinion of the book.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Once again, I have been introduced to a "new-to-me" author in Jacqueline Druga. I was instantly drawn in by the premise of The Passenger.
Jonas Truett is a troubled young man. A rock musician on the path to self-destruction. His mother, a devout Christian, has prayed endlessly for him and helped him whenever she could. His father, an unbeliever, is fed up with Jonas and has decided tough love is the answer. His last words to his son haunt him. Especially when Jonas goes missing.
Jonas, for his part, is an angry young man and one night, after a gig, he gets into a car accident. When he wakes up, he remembers one thing - the passenger in the car who pulled him from the wreck. The only problem is that when Jonas is found, no one is with him. When he is transported to the hospital in Williams Peak, the people there become convinced Jesus was in the car with him. Jonas can't say for sure what happened because when he finally comes to, he has amnesia.
I wish I could live in the town of Williams Peak. The people (especially Maw-Maw) were endearing. It was the perfect place for someone like Jonas to become the person they longed to be instead of the person they were. With amnesia, Jonas is given the ideal opportunity to begin life anew, and Maw-Maw was determined to help him be the person she knew he could be.
While I enjoyed this book very much, I was taken aback at the lack of editing. I ran into quite a few typos and grammatical errors. So many, in fact that I stopped counting. And yet, the story continued to draw me in.
With a bit of polishing and a good editor, this self-published book might even attract a publisher. I could see this as a series focusing on the people of Williams Peak. It has great potential, and I do recommend it, despite the errors.
I look forward to hearing more from Jacqueline Druga.
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