The person with WAY TOO MUCH LUGGAGE.
I’ll admit that I’ve been one of them a couple of times when traveling to see my husband’s family over the Christmas holiday. We were transporting gifts along with enough clothes to last us a week—of course we had too much for the overhead bins in the airplane. Not to mention the pain of juggling that stuff all throughout the airport, especially when your terminal is the farthest away from the passenger pickup area.
When doing research for my December 2012 novel, COUNTERFEIT COWBOY, I found that the travelers in the “good old days” (the story takes place in 1890) had many of the same complaints we have when traveling now: uncomfortable seats, too crowded, journey takes too long. And that person next to you brought WAY TO MUCH LUGGAGE. Here’s an excerpt from one of the research books I used when writing this book:
At Port Jervis a most voluble old lady entered the car bringing with her an extraordinary assortment of luggage. She had two bandboxes, a dog, a flower pot, an umbrella, a jug of milk, a lunch basket, a parcel of figs and a boy of fifteen whose age she gave at the ticket-office as nine. I heard her tell her nearest neighbor of the fact and she chuckled over it as if she had performed a most virtuous action. (a real quote from a historical passenger from The Railroad Passenger Car by August Mencken )
Sound familiar? I’ve been blessed that my husband’s family moved much closer and now we don’t have to travel to see them on holidays. Which is a very good thing, because now with two small children, it seems our luggage has quadrupled since it was just my husband and I by ourselves… but that’s another story.
I’d love to hear your stories of holiday travel—what has been the most interesting thing to happen to you? The passenger who annoyed you the whole way to your destination? Anyone who shares a comment will be entered to win one of two copies of COUNTERFEIT COWBOY.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
A con man with a conscience…
From the moment Jesse Baker collides with Erin O’Grady on a Boston train platform, he faces a dilemma. For once, Jesse doesn’t want to lie about who and what he is. Yet if she learns he’s a con artist, not a cowboy—and the urchin with him is certainly not his brother—she’ll never give him a chance.
Erin suspects there’s more to the enigmatic cowboy than meets the eye. But the sheltered socialite is certain his deep compassion is real. On the long Christmastime train ride to Wyoming, hearts and courage are tested and true motives revealed. And the journey than began in a charade may end with redemption—and a very real love.
By day, Lacy Williams is a stay-at-home mom battling dirty diapers and dog-hair dust-bunnies. By night, she is a novelist with two books nominated for RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards (2011 and 2012). Her current projects include more books for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line (cowboys!) and a screenplay.