Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett is a story of love, loss, deeply buried family secrets, and one woman’s quest to discover who she is and what she wants from her life.
Nicole is fifty-six years old and she has always lived a ‘safe’ life, which is to say she’s never really taken any risks or done any of the things she’s ever dreamed of doing. Her parents are aging and it’s fallen on her to help care for them and because she’s always been the type of girl to take care of things she doesn’t really mind. Yet her whole life revolves around always doing the right thing whether it be her parents or her job. She can’t help but wonder if there isn’t more to life than just living day to day.
Things really get shaken up when her best friend Tamara gets sick. They had been planning a long awaited trip to Paris together – it has been Nicole’s lifelong dream to go there as she has loved anything and everything to do with Paris her whole life. Tamara is dying though and she makes Nicole promise to still make that trip to Paris and to live a little. After Tamara’s loss Nicole is ready to make a few changes. She’s leaving behind her married lover Clint and her parents; neither of which are too happy about her leaving. Her mother because she depends on Nicole’s help with her father who has Alzheimers and Clint because he just doesn’t like the fact that she’s actually going to go off and do something on her own. But it’s time to make a change and Nicole figures that Paris will be the beginning.
Upon arriving in Paris Nicole begins to explore the shops and try to learn the language. In one shop though she turns up a photograph of her very own father back when he was in the war. How did the photo get to Paris and who was it meant for as it says I am Forever Yours on the back. Nicole immediately calls her mother and questions her. She knows it’s hit and miss with her father’s memory but her mother seems really agitated over this photo and doesn’t want to talk. Instead a few days later Nicole receives a package from her mother with a box of letters that completely and utterly change Nicole’s life forever.
The story alternates between Nicole in Paris and Ruby back in the 1940’s in Paris. As the story unfolds we learn how these two women’s lives are forever entwined. Passing Love is an enjoyable story. I love to read anything about Paris and I really enjoyed the descriptions of Paris of the past and the Paris of today. I didn’t love this book but I did like it. I think the disconnect for me may have come from the characters. Despite the things that Nicole faces I still didn’t really feel for her like I would have expected. Yet I felt an interest in both Nicole’s and Ruby’s lives and I wanted to know how things would turn out for them both. If you enjoy books about Paris – old and new, along with a good story then you should give Passing Love a read!
I read Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to stop by all the other tour stops to see what others thought of the book. Jacqueline can be found on her website as well as Facebook and Twitter. Passing Love can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
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Source: Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and the author. No compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.