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Passing Love

Nicole-Marie Handy has loved all things French since she was a child. After the death of her best friend, determined to get out of her rut of ordinary living and experience something new, she goes to Paris, leaving behind work, ailing parents and a proposal from her married lover. While there, Nicole chances upon an old photo of her father-lovingly inscribed, in his hand, to a woman Nicole has never heard of. What starts as a vacation for Nicole quickly becomes an investigation into her relationship to this mystery woman. Moving back and forth in time between the sparkling Paris of today and the jazz-fueled city filled with expatriates in the 1950s, PASSING LOVE is the story of two women dealing with love lost, secrets, and betrayal...and how the City of Lights may hold all of the answers.
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A compelling novel about a woman in search of the truth about her roots in the magical city of Paris

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Jacqueline Luckett is a former sales representative for Xerox. After leaving the corporate world, Jacqueline took a creative writing class on a dare (from herself) and began writing short stories and poetry and never looked back. Jacqueline loves living in Oakland, but travels frequently.


"With her tender heart, cultural sophistication, and sardonic sense of humor, Lena takes us through her journey as a grown-assed-woman in emotional trouble... and shows us one of the most creative ways you can make it to the other side."--Farai Chideya, Kiss the Sky, NPR-News and Notes "Both eloquent and elegant, Jacqueline Luckett's Searching for Tina Turner charts the course of a swiftly-changing life with straight-forward honesty and gut wrenching precision.."--Nichelle D. Tramble, author of The Dying Ground and The Last King on SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER "Jacqueline Luckett gives us a rare glimpse into the world of African American privilege as we follow Lena Spencer on her voyage of self-discovery...Jacqueline Luckett provides a first class ticket to the good life, revealing the inner strength and struggle that allows a woman to redefine herself."--Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River and Red River on SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER "Jacqueline Luckett creates a character with whom so many women will be able to identify."--Ellen Sussman, author of Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex on SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER "Fans of Terry McMillan's insightful dissections of love and life will appreciate debut novelist Luckett's similar writing style."-- Library Journal on SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER "Jackie Luckett is an incredibly gifted writer. Searching for Tina Turner is the book we've been waiting for--a deeply moving story, that's also a page-turner. Bravo, Ms. Luckett!"--Renee Swindle, author of Please, Please, Please on SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER "Un-put-down-able."--Reviewer's Bookwatch "Jacqueline Luckett writes about relationships in a way we can all relate to."--Minneapolis Author Insight Examiner on SEARCHING FOR TINA TURNER "Lush, evocative and seductive. Only read "Passing Love" if you're willing to give yourself over completely to the excitement of the jazz scene of post-WWII Paris, and a woman's determination to find her place in the present-day City of Light." "Lalita Tademy, author of "Cane River" and "Red River""" "Lush, evocative and seductive. Only read Passing Love if you're willing to give yourself over completely to the excitement of the jazz scene of post-WWII Paris, and a woman's determination to find her place in the present-day City of Light."--Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River and Red River "A fierce, beautiful novel . . . a heroine for the ages . . . Luckett is a writer to watch and admire."--ZZ Packer, O Magazine, 2007 "Luckett has written our Paris dreams come true--between two lives and two generations, this story delivers the romance and the heartbreak of all that the City of Lights has to offer. You will escape with this novel and question or embrace your own unlived lives."--Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky "C'est magnifique! A delicious read, brimming with hope, love, and light."--Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow "Luckett's loving descriptions of Paris evoke the sights, smells and sounds of the City of Light. Nicole's story is one with which any woman, regardless of age or skin color, can relate, but Ruby's tale and the author's meticulous research into the Paris of the period following WWII is the real star of this novel. . . . Well written and engaging, a celebration of life after 50."--Kirkus Reviews "It's midnight in Paris, now and in the mid-20th century, in Luckett's second novel. In this dreamy and lyrical paean to all things French. . . Luckett weaves a fascinating portrait of women of color who defy family and tradition to follow love and chase success. . . . In the end, it's the soulful, headstrong, romantic Ruby whose passion resonates in this story of discovery and acceptance."--Publishers Weekly "Beautifully written and filled with vibrant scenes of Paris in its Jazz age and today, Passing Love is a treat."--People Magazine

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