I give Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell, 5 stars.
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!
Review by @erinwolf79