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.
It didn’t take many pages into this book to realize who Randall was and what he represented. He was that guy that thinks that money is happiness and if you are his wife – you had just better smile and remember who brings in the paycheck.
(Pause here while I throw up)
When Lena leaves it all I am totally in a “You go girl!” mood. Randall turned my stomach. What I had thought was going to be a lighthearted fun book turned out to have more depth than I had anticipated. Lena’s journey (and why not? She had the money to do it!) As Lena find that she does have self worth I found myself liking her more and more.
I enjoyed this book with its message of it is never too late. I am a firm believer in a woman’s ability to take care of herself and Lena, much like Tina Turner, learns in this book that there is a whole world waiting out there that does not require living under anyone’s thumb.
Jacqueline describes herself as an avid reader and lover of books, excellent cook, aspiring photographer (all the photos on this site were taken by Jacqueline) and world traveler. She lives in Northern California and, though she loves that city and all the friends she has there, she takes frequent breaks to fly off to foreign destinations.
Searching for Tina Turner, her first novel, was published by Grand Central Publishing in January 2010 — and, as you can imagine, she is thrilled!
My review copy came from Hachette Book Group