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Tour: 14. Searching for Tina Turner by Jacqueline E. Luckett...

February 4, 2010
'Tis time for another blog tour! This one is for Jacqueline Luckett's Searching for Tina Turner... I will readily admit to putting both arms (forget hands, the entire arm went up, lol!) up in the air to sign up for this one. I love Tina, and thought I'd like a book with a character who is a huge fan and wanted to try to live a better life by walking away from everything that tied her down.

FTC Disclosure: My copy of Searching for Tina Turner was provided by Hachette Book Group for this blog tour. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

About the author:
Jacqueline E. Luckett is a former sales representative for 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.

This San Francisco 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 on her next novel.

Find Jacqueline online at her website, and on her blog,

searching for tina turner
About the book:
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 they once called love. But in the sessions Randall doesn't understand Lena's frustrations 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 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.

drey's thoughts:
I'll start by saying I really enjoyed reading Searching for Tina Turner. Lena is strong, much stronger than she gives herself credit for. But it takes a lot of soul-searching for her to find that out, and even more time for her to actually start to believe it... Which is kinda depressing to me, as I'm also a wife and a mother. Do we all get to that place where it seems like that's all we are? Why is it that Lena can't get Randall to see her? To understand what she's trying to say?

It's not easy to tell your spouse, whom you still love, that you're not happy. And Lena manages to do that, as well as not back down when Randall issues his ultimatum. She finds her backbone after sacrificing her dreams for his career. And then heads out to pursue a wish of her own.

The only thing that I didn't care for that much, was Lena's meeting up with an old flame. I am firmly in the camp that when you leave a man, you should leave men for a while. After all, what's the point of going to find yourself only to be hanging 'round another guy? I won't spill the beans, so I'm zipping these lips! =) Get it and read it for yourselves!

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Title: Searching for Tina Turner
Author: Jacqueline E. Luckett
ISBN-13: 9780446542968
Hardcover: 299 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+, Pub


bermudaonion said...

I enjoyed this book too! In the end, I was glad Lena made the decisions she did.

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