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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline E. Luckett Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, she goes to Paris, leaving behind a marriage proposal. 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 quickly becomes an investigation into his 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 lost love, secrets, and betrayal—and how the City of Light may hold all of the answers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of Cane River

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

  • “A fierce, beautiful novel…a heroine for the ages…Luckett is a writer to watch and admire.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Beautifully written and filled with vibrant scenes of Paris in its Jazz age and today, Passing Love is a treat.”


  • “[A] dreamy and lyrical paean to all things French…a fascinating portrait of women of color who defy family and tradition to follow love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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 fifty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “C’est magnifique! A delicious read, brimming with hope, love, and light.”

    Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bxrchk | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this novel because it pulled together so many things about which I have been learning this summer: the rise of jazz, the way African-Americans were treated back home after having served in WWII, etc. I almost cheered for Nicole at the end :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 1/21/2014

    " Overall I appreciated the authors sense of place (Paris) and her character development. My issue is with her sentence structure which at times felt awkward. I caught myself rereading sentences and paragraphs to discern the meaning. I have caught myself thinking about the characters in the days since I finished the book which says a lot about how embedded they were in my mind. In summary, an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/19/2014

    " Read this book for one of my book clubs. I enjoyed the historical aspects - Paris after WWII with many blacks finding the acceptance they couldn't get at home. I also enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and use of French (a good refresher). The story was interesting but didn't grab my heart strings. Probably a 3.5. Will be interested in our discussion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/19/2014

    " This was such a slow read. I did not get truly engaged in the book until around page 150. Great story overall. "

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About the Author

Jacqueline E. Luckett is the author of Searching for Tina Turner. A San Francisco Bay Area native, she lives in Oakland, California.