In this inspiring and empowering debut novel reminiscent of the early works of Terry McMillan, a woman in crisis book to singer Tina Turner for strength. On their first date more than thirty years ago, Randall Spencer took Lena to an Ike and Tina Turner concert. From the minute they sat down in the fifth row, Lena knew that Randall wanted to impress her even though he didn't need to-she would have gone anywhere just to be close to him. Yet now, after twenty-three years of marriage, Lena is missing one important thing...happiness.
On the surface it looks like she has everything a woman could wish for: a rich husband, two wonderful children, and a life of luxury. The reality is that her husband is emotionally distant, her son has developed a drug habit, and her daughter is disgusted by her mother's "overbearing behavior."
Determined to save her failing marriage Lena suggests going to a marriage counselor to get to the root of her unhappiness and to find the gem that they once called love. But in the sessions Randall doesn't understand Lena's frustration and makes it clear that she is the one with the problem. When the counseling seems futile, he offers his wife an ultimatum: Be grateful for all I've done for you or leave. Embracing her fear of wasting her life, Lena chooses the latter and leaves behind everything that she's known.
Drawing on the strength of Tina Turner's life story, Searching for Tina Turner is Lena's struggle to find herself after twenty-three years of being Randall's wife.
ISBN-10: 0446542962 - Hardcover $24.99
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 27, 2010), 320 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
Jacqueline E. Luckett is a former sales representative from Xerox who after leaving the corporate world, dared herself to take a creative writing class. She began writing short stories and poetry and has never looked back. The San Fransisco Bay area native loves living in Oakland, but she travels frequently to nurture her passion for photography and cooking exotic foods. She is currently hard at work at her next novel.
Learn more at Jacqueline E. Luckett's website at http://jacquelineluckett.com/index.html. Listen to an interview with Jacqueline E. Luckett at Blog Talk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/grandcentralpub/2010/02/02/live-interview-with-jacqueline-luckett-author-of-s
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Thank you so much to Jacqueline Luckett, Miriam, and Hatchette Book Group for this review opportunity!