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Miami Days Havana Nights
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Miami Days Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell BooksGoSocial Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 18 Jul 2018
To grasp history, we have to understand the common man’s place in it. Miami Days Havana Nights is not a historical mystery in the typical genre sense. It is something quite different, and all the more captivating for it. The story of a young Jewish man unwittingly ensnared in the Miami mob alternates with that of a young University of Florida professor seeking the man’s story. Her intellectual scavenger hunt not only leads her to Tampa and eventually Cuba- it leads her to examine herself and her relationships with others.
Miami Days Havana Nights is a must read for anyone interested in Florida history (particularly UF Gators). Miami Days Havana Nights will appeal to fans of historical novels, as well as those interested in mob history and the Jewish role in Florida.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Miami Days Havana Nights from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Description Sometimes our biggest debts have nothing to do with money.
1926. When seventeen-year-old Sam Ackerman witnesses a mob hit, he is hustled out of New York under the protection of Moshe Toblinsky, A.K.A., the mob’s bookkeeper. Arriving in Miami with no money, no friends, and no place to hide, Sam’s only choice is to do as the gangster demands. Forced into bootlegging, Sam’s misery is compounded when he falls in love. Amazingly, the beautiful, devout Rebecca wants only him, but he cannot give her the life she deserves. When Prohibition ends, Sam begs the mobster to set him free. The price? A debt, as Toblinsky puts it, of friendship. A debt that will one day come due.
Present Day. History of American Crime professor Liz Reams has it all—early success, a tantalizing lead on new info about Moshe Toblinsky, and a wonderful man to love. Life is perfect. So what’s keeping her from accepting her guy’s marriage proposals? Confronting a long-standing personal debt sets her on a journey of self-discovery. While she delves ever deeper into Sam’s and Toblinsky’s relationship, her understanding of her own relationships increases as well, but the revelations come at a price. The emotional and physical dangers of her dual journeys may prove too big to handle.