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Lena’s husband, Randall, has been climbing the corporate ladder for years, and Lena has supported him every step of the way, glad to help him and raise their two children. But now she feels as though she has lost herself in the process, and is drowning in luxury. With his goal of becoming the first black CEO of his company in reach, Randall refuses to go to therapy; and with the same determination that has led to his success, he tells Lena to accept the status quo or get a divorce. At 52, Lena well knows how divorce changes everything as friends, and even children, choose sides. Seeking guidance and support, Lena discovers the wisdom of singer and survivor Tina Turner, using Turner’s story as a road map to finding her own happiness and a way back to her dreams. In her debut novel Luckett delivers a strong, likable heroine who comes through her crisis by recognizing her true worth and empowering herself. Luckett’s triumphant tale will rally readers of all backgrounds. --Patty Engelmann --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A fierce, beautiful tour de force . . . Luckett is a writer to watch and admire." -- ZZ Packer

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446542954
  • ASIN: B006CDE4Z6
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,390,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By BermudaOnion VINE VOICE on February 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As the highest ranking black employee of TIDA, it seemed that Randall had it all. Even though he enjoyed the power and the money the position brought, for him it wasn't enough, and he didn't intend to stop until he became the CEO. The fact that his wife, Lena, had made sacrifices and given up her dreams for years, didn't seem to matter to him.

While Randall is on a long business trip, Lena falls into a funk. No one can understand why she's not happy since she has everything money can buy. But Lena wants more - she wants to do something for herself for a change. When she buys a copy of Tina Turner's autobiography, she finds strength in the singer's life, and decides that she has to meet her.

Searching for Tina Turner by Jacqueline E. Luckett was a more serious book than I presumed from the title. As someone who has put her husband's career and her child's well being first, I could really relate to Lena. I'm lucky though, because my husband is supportive and considerate of me and my wishes, unlike Randall.

I'm here to tell you, I had quite a conversation with Randall while I read this book. I told him a thing or two and called him a thing or two. At one point, Carl looked at me, and said, "it's only a book." I've met several men like Randall through the years, and I didn't like a single one of them.

I really enjoyed Searching for Tina Turner and I loved that Lena found her inner strength and stayed true to herself. She learned to let go and not try to do everything for everyone and actually let someone do something for her from time to time. I do think this book will probably appeal more to middle aged women.
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Format: Hardcover
Searching For Tina Turner

I have gotten to used to easy reads. Things I could read easily without much effort, not much of a challenge. Easy words, simple subject matter or same subject different title. So when I started reading Searching For Tina Turner, I hate to say I was expecting same topic different day. What a pleasant surprise. At first, it reminded me of Terry McMilan.. I love complex books that make you think and feel and identify with the characters and subject, and make you read slow to savor the favor. Lena grabbed me into her world. Always doing and settling and waiting for her turn to live. She has a great life, a hubby, two kids and a dream. She really doesn't want much, all she wants is to be herself and do what she's always dreamed of. She wants to do something that makes her feel. She has become uncomfortable in her own skin and circumstance and starts reminiscing of better days and Tina Turner.

Discontentment makes you do things to satisfy an urge. It also makes you feel disconnected to your self.

Lena is tried of waiting for her turn and takes it. She leaves her "perfect" life to satisfy her life long dream that was always being put on hold. She decides to embark on a journey to find herself and Tina Turner. The people who she's put her life on hold for are not getting that she has to do this for her, and it's not about them. Lena jets off to Europe with a friend and a camera and Tina's sprit in her heart. She has tickets to see her in concert and while waiting for that day, she starts to discover the Lena , she has always wanted to be.

I loved this book. I call a grown woman read. It's about taking your control back and about being uncomfortable in a too comfortable situation.
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By J. Blue on January 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It is so refreshing to read a novel that portrays a smart, sophisticated women in her 50's.

Since Searching For Tina Turner is really a literary metaphor, I was quite surprised to read some of the reviews that mentioned disappointment because the book did not portray the strength of Tina???? This book is about Lena and her journey of finding self love and fulfillment. And on these counts, Ms. Luckett hit this one out of the park.

I look forward to reading more of Ms. Luckett's work in the future.
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I am an avid Tina Turner fan and this is why I chose the book. Most of the reviews are about Lena and such, but I think some light should be shed on Tina. I don't think the book developed Lena's connection to Tina beyond a concert. Tina had grit and a strong spiritual foundation that led to her reinvention. There was nothing that told me HOW Lena became "strong". We see her scared and fearful of divorce to approaching men at a pool. Some things she did seemed to appear out of nowhere. There was no foundation to her recovery or renewal. She just seemed "okay" after everything. I don't know how she did it. Tina also relied on her talents and all we see is Lena snapping photos and she "miraculously" gets a job at a museum which we never get to see her do. I don't know how much the author know about Tina, but she certainly knows alot about France. The writing was superb, but I would have liked to see more character development. Lena's friend Cheryl and lawyer seemed to disappear at the end. Lena turned out to be flaky to me, and her France "friends" seemed annoying. I was surprised that Lena would just go along for the heck of it and steer off her plan. Tina had a plan.
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