- File Size: 1970 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (July 18, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07F7NFD8K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ms. Pennell weaves a story of intriguing and full of mystery. I have read all of her books and each one is the same as this one. The stories are loaded with history and the characters lives unfold and draw you in as though you are there. You will not be disappointed in any way other than the story comes to an end. 😏
Presently, Liz Reams is trying to fish out the next big discovery in American Crime. She is desperately trying to keep up to her early career success from her last discovery about Al Capone, but keeps coming up empty. Liz finally gets a break when she finds a news article with pictures, but she still needs to identify the man with the scar on his face and his connection to Moshe Toblisnsky. However, now she is indebted to the man who lined up all of her contacts.
I always love a good dual time story and Miami Days Havana Nights is no exception. The chapters alternated between Sam and Liz's points of views and each chapter always seemed to end on a small cliffhanger making me devour the next chapter so I could see what would happen next. Both Sam and Liz had equally compelling stories and I'm glad that their relationship was only historical figure and researcher, what tied their stories together was simply their sense of obligation to those who have helped them. Sam's story showed how kids were pulled into the mob and kept there. Sam never had any intention of joining, he just wanted extra money to support his family, because of his ideals and work ethic, he was the perfect person to fulfill mob tasks. From Sam's story, I also learned of the extent of the Jewish people within the mob. Moshe Toblinsky's character is loosely based on Meyer Lansky. LIz's story dives into the high pressure in the world of academia and research, especially as a female researcher looking into American Crime. I appreciated how Liz grew more aware of her actions and how she felt as she was digging deeper into Sam's life. Overall, a fast-paced dual-time story exploring Florida's Jewish mob connections.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
In the mid 1920s, 17 year old Jewish boy Sam witnesses a mob hit in New York. Instead of losing his life, the men he works for ships him off to Miami, never to see his family again. He must learn to survive with coming to the reality that he will be working for the gangsters since they saved his life. He is told to stay in a Jewish bakery. Here he meets the baker's daughter and falls in love. But her parents don't want her to marry a gangster? Can he get out of this life? He owes them so much, but he loves Rebecca. Thus begins an interesting life no one had ever heard of.
While doing research for another course, Liz comes across an unknown man in quite a few photos of notorious Jewish connected man, Moshe Toblinsky. The more she tries to find out about this man, the more mysteries arise, including lots of travel and adventure. Meanwhile she is still dealing with the security of a trustworthy boyfriend, and some issues with her parents. Can she discover who this man is? Is it worth it?
I was blown away by the first book in the series and so eagerly awaited reading this book. I was so not disappointed. It has wonderful characters in both timelines and all of the things going on both present and in the past grip you in the spell the author has weaved of love, misfortune, action and adventure.
I highly recommend this book to all of those who like great books!
Sam is a teenager when he witnesses a murder, and is quickly sent off for his protection. He didn't even get a chance to say goodbye to his mother, and was sent across the country with not even a change of clothes. But its better than being killed or locked up, so he makes the best of it. He falls in love, to someone forbidden, and must try to cut ties with the mob, but seems to keep getting pulled back in.
Liz is a history professor, who's passion is researching American Crime. She likes to research the unknown, every day man, and write their story and connection with the mob. She is led on quite the dangerous adventure this time, trying to obtain more research.
Highly recommend this one. I hope there are more to come in this series! I want to see what happens with Liz and Hugh!
Top international reviews
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell is an intriguing historical suspense story- with drama, action, mystery, and interesting characters
The author has again crafted a complex story- giving us duel stories which unfold on two different timelines- but were tied together by history. The characters are fully realised and very interesting- and all added to the overall storyline.
As noted previously, the authors love of the past, historical detail, intriguing characters, and a great story- really shines through her writing. I wonder what she has in store for us next.
Thank you, Linda Bennett Pennell!