Searching for Tina Turner
by Jacqueline E. Luckett
On the surface, Lena Spencer appears to have it all. She and her wealthy husband Randall have two wonderful children, and they live a life of luxury. In reality, however, Lena finds that happiness is elusive. Randall is emotionally distant, her son has developed a drug habit, and her daughter is disgusted by her mother’s “overbearing behavior.” When Randall decides that he’s had enough of marriage counseling, he offers his wife an ultimatum: “Be grateful for all I’ve done for you or leave.” Lena, realizing that money can’t solve her problems and that her husband is no longer the man she married, decides to choose the latter.
At first I thought this was just another chick lit book, but it gives a whole new spin on the genre. Lena’s marriage is in trouble and like so many other women around the age of fifty, she discovers that she has given up more than she bargained for when she supports her husband’s rise in the corporate world. She has given up her own identity and becomes the perfect wife. The theme of Tina Turner’s life story plays in the background and gives Lena hope that she too can find her own way.
I really enjoyed this one and look forward to more from this author. This story is one that has played out recently for a lot of my friends. It is nice to see one where the woman wins and becomes a stronger person.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 27, 2010)
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