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Baggage Claim

Baggage Claim

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by Tanya Michna

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Two women with nothing in common except look-alike luggage embark on a journey that will transform their lives...

When Beth Overton, a stay-at-home mom, learns that her husband has fallen short on his part of their marriage bargain, she's forced to rethink hers. But first she's got to retrieve the luggage she's accidentally switched with someone


Two women with nothing in common except look-alike luggage embark on a journey that will transform their lives...

When Beth Overton, a stay-at-home mom, learns that her husband has fallen short on his part of their marriage bargain, she's forced to rethink hers. But first she's got to retrieve the luggage she's accidentally switched with someone else...

Carly Frazer, a divorced history professor, keeps telling herself she's got her life completely under control...until it falls completely apart. With a major career move in doubt and her recently widowed mother moving in, Carly's got troubles galore-and another woman's suitcase.

When Beth and Carly meet in a hotel bar to switch bags, they are two very different women who never guess that a twist of fate, and their subsequent unlikely friendship, are about to take their lives in surprising new directions...

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18 Years

Meet the Author

This is the second Accent novel by Tanya Michna. Under another name, she's an award-winning, multi-published writer.

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Baggage Claim 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
RegencyReader More than 1 year ago
When standing at a fork in the road and deciding which way to turn you need to look over your shoulder and view the baggage you are bringing with you. Then ask yourself only one question - is this baggage that I carry with me a piece of luggage with wheels? We all have baggage we can't escape you just need to be able to wheel it along the bumps of life and drop some pieces of clothing along the way that just don't fit anymore. Two people in such a predicament are Elisabeth "Beth" Overton and Dr. Carlotta "Carly" Frazer. Both women are standing at that proverbial crossroad and facing the uncertainty of where do I go from here. They come together over a luggage switch when they each wind up with the other's green suitcase. But soon they come to realize they have nothing in the big picture in common but a specific small piece of life is shared - where do I go from here? Beth finds her husband of many years is a compulsive gambler and Carly is being forced to face the fact that her oppressive and domineering father did nothing to help her emotionally and may have stifled her professionally. Carly's father has recently passed and after meeting Beth hires her to care for her mother while she recovers from the car accident Carly's father caused. Carly is seeing her mother through new eyes and beginning to grasp that her ex-husband was right that she is a socially stagnant and there is more to life than your career. Beth realizes by taking care of herself for the first time in her life that amazingly she can take care of herself and be alone. Both women are scared of different things but change is the common denominator that catapults them forward and a little backward. While both women are rewarded with one another's company they are also driven to discover what makes the other survive and what makes they drown in self-pity and emotion. Being better educated did not make Carly a good wife, being a great stay at home mom did not help Beth be a better woman. They are so different and so alike that even though there are years between them there is no time between good friends only memories you have yet to make. While this book is not sold as self-help it most assuredly could work as that for any woman facing any kind of crossroads in her life. We face a new challenge everyday but at some point we have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves "do I like me?" Tanya Michna forces this question upon you in a totally enjoyable, albeit some parts sad look at these characters as well as ourselves. While I relate more with Beth due to our similarity in age it does not take away from feeling the strain that Carly is experiencing trying to work out the kinks of her relationships. Age is a number not a fact and you need to accept that no matter what the number change is coming so put on your big girl panties and get ready!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Beth Overton and Dr. Carlotta Frazer accidentally took each other's luggage at the Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta. However, upon meeting to exchange their bags they chat and realize they can help one another. After staying at home to raise her child, Beth needs a job to pay off the debts her husband Allen accumulated as he screwed up their finances. A divorcee, the assistant history professor at Ramson Neil College, Carly needs someone to care for her battered mother Helene recovering from a brutal car accident that left her with a torn MCL and a concussion while also killing Carly's dad.-------------- Beth considers ending her marriage while Carly hides as a workaholic so she does not have to consider her single status. As the two become friends, they realize they can depend on the other for support.---------- BAGGAGE CLAIM is a terrific character study that follows the lives of two different people who initially interact over the baggage mishap. The novel contains two subplots as Beth and Carly star in separate family dramas, but the story lines intermingle effortlessly. Readers who appreciate a fine contemporary will enjoy spending time in places like Alpharetta, just north of Atlanta -------- Harriet Klausner
para More than 1 year ago
I didn't go into the bookstore with the intention of buying this book, but rather saw it on display. The back cover synopsis sounded good. So glad I did buy it. Good story; easy read; summer suitable.
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Maertel More than 1 year ago
Whoever the author actually is, it would be great if he/she would follow up on Baggage Claim with a tighter-written less-cliched sequel. Though the main female characters are well developed enough so that readers care about their fates, the men are pretty much a blank. Why does Daniel let go so easily, then continue to try to hold on...? Why does Allen not just take off with the redhead...? What's behind the father's relentless domineering...? And, let's hope that Allen makes a comeback - stronger, yet more nuanced than Daniel's > an ex-Marine with a sports bar is supposed to be a bigger draw than a reformed and loving husband...in what reality? The next novel needs more realism and Beth may need a wake-up call herself. Loose ends abound: Is Carly pregnant? Does Beth ever realize that she might have put the whole separation/divorce show on hold so that her daughter doesn't relapse? When do we get Helene at last coming into HERself - with one of the ex-Marine's buddies, maybe...?
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fyree39 More than 1 year ago
One of my must-haves is characters that are believable. Unfortunately, the character of Beth seemed stuck in a 1950s feel-good family show. The most unbelievable moment for me was when Beth was astonished that her husband was playing in an office betting pool and her fears that because such pools are illegal he would be in even more trouble than he already was. Really? The author had to bring in the legality of an office pool to make the husband even more of a cad? The story was predictable and boring, but because I started reading it, I felt I needed to finish it. If you like milk toast characters, and the antithesis witch-on-wheels characters who you know will mellow by the end of the book, you'll love this story.
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Absolutely riveting
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Lesfleurs More than 1 year ago
I just adored this book...I did not want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago