Summary:In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp.
Passenger has an amazing premise, but, unfortunately the execution – the writing specifically – just isn’t up to par with the creative concept.
Etta Spencer is about to make her debut as a professional violinist when suddenly she is transported back in time. She learns that a secret time travel organization is holding her mother hostage and the only way to save her is to follow clues directing her to a long lost artifact hidden somewhere in the depths of time.
Etta is an admirable protagonist and it’s difficult not to root for her. She is determined, she is talented, and she is tenacious.
“I’m playing,” she told her instructor. “I don’t care what you think, or if you believe in me—I believe in myself, and there is literally nothing in this world that can keep me from playing.”
My difficulty with the book was the writing. The passages are extremely long-winded: there are pointless and unnecessary descriptions that are in need of editing. With so many pointless details, it’s hard to stay entertained.
The historical settings are what makes the story shine. Searching for the lost artifact, Etta travels centuries and continents – specifically 1776 New York, World War Two era London, 1685 Angkor, 1880 Paris and 1599 Damascus. It’s clear each setting is well-researched and accurate.
If not for the long-winded writing style, I would have enjoyed this much more. Unfortunately, the writing took what could have been an extremely engaging and action-packed story and dulled it down. However, the historical settings and the protagonist are superb.