Havana Lost - Libby Fischer Hellmann

As the description says, Havana Lost is the story of three generations of a family with ties to Havana.  It begins with pre-Castro Cuba in the era of big resorts and lots of American tourism.  It was a time of big lush resorts, free spending and the Mafia.  You can feel that atmosphere as you read these chapters. You can also feel the heat, the music and the tension in the air.  You can feel the revolution building.  I truly was transported to a different world and felt like I was yanked back to mine when my reading was interrupted.

As the story moves through time and we see the next generations of the family, the feeling of being there, Chicago, Angola, Castro’s Havana, are just as strong.  I cared for and was concerned about the characters and what was happening to them.  I worried about them! I rushed through everything else I had to do so I could get back to my reading. The only drawback to this book is that I didn’t want it to end.

Romance,  adventure, lush settings, likeable characters and a sense of history.  

I was given this book by the author for an honest review and I truly appreciated the chance to read it.