"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Friday, March 26, 2010

Searching for Tina Turner by Jacqueline E. Luckett

Searching for Tina Turner
She has it all, money, a beautiful house, 2 wonderful children, a loving husband, but Lena isn't happy.  This is how her husband Randall and his friends see her life, truth is money cannot buy happiness.

Her husband is more concerned with his career and having a dutiful wife as he rises to be the first black CEO of his company.  Her son has dropped out of college and has a drug habit, her daughter is sick of her name, extremely intelligent, and at the age of everyone's life should revolve around her.  Lena has put her dream of becoming a photographer on hold time and time again, to be the wife she is expected to be.

Her husband gives her an ultimatum, live with it or get a divorce.  Using the autobiography of Tina Turner, who Lena idolizes, for strength and wisdom, she opts for divorce and starts her life over.  Friends take sides but her sister understands and sends her a plane ticket and tickets to a Tina Turner concert in Nice, France, which happens to be close to where Tina Turner has a home.  Lena spends 3 weeks abroad hoping to meet Tina, but actually finding herself after 25 years of putting everyone else needs before her own.

While Lena's husband was never physically abusive like Ike was with Tina, the emotional abuse was truly there.  I really came to  hate the husband in this story, the daughter was just going through typical coming of age angst, but the son's drug abuse was a serious issue his father really didn't take seriously, so Lena had to handle it. Sadly there are many families going through the same issues in this world and fighting to hold it all together.  I am glad Lena was able to stay true to herself and start to follow her dream.

This story is not a new one, but the time spent in France, the vivid description of the places, the people, the food and the wine, made you feel like you were actually there. The "snapshots" Lena was taking added so much vivid color to the story.  You just knew she was going to survive her past and move on to her future. This really saved this book from being just another book about an unhappy marriage.

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