Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett

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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.

About Jacqueline E. Luckett

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Jacqueline E. Luckett is the author of Searching for Tina Turner. A San Francisco Bay Area native, she lives in Oakland, California. For more information, and to read her blog, you can visit
Published January 25, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 311 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What she finds there changes her life, but it takes time to unravel the mystery of the photo she finds in an old book taken from a carton filled with literature by and about African-Americans.

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In alternating narratives, Nicole uncovers secrets long held by her difficult parents, as the ferociously independent Ruby describes the freewheeling Paris of the early 1950s, where ambitious black musicians found an appreciative audience and colorblind acceptance.

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Historical Novel Society

Young RubyMae Garrett leaves Mississippi for Paris, following love and the lure of adventure.

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Portland Book Review

With these two characters, author Jacqueline Luckett constructs a novel that not only moves between modern day Paris and post-WWII Paris but also twines together the lives of Nicole and Ruby.

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Going to Paris was a dream Nicole-Marie Handy had cherished all her life — or at least since age 9, when she’d secretly opened the cedar trunk in her parents’ bedroom and discovered an old French dictionary, along with other keepsakes from her father’s stint in World War II.

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