I received a free copy of Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley as part of Quercus Summer.
Cuba, 1958. Elisa is only sixteen years old when she meets Duardo and she knows he’s the love of her life from the moment they first dance the rumba together in downtown Havana. But Duardo is a rebel, determined to fight in Castro’s army, and Elisa is forced to leave behind her homeland and rebuild her life in distant England. But how can she stop longing for the warmth of Havana, when the music of the rumba still calls to her?
England, 2012. Grace has a troubled relationship with her father, whom she blames for her beloved mother’s untimely death. And this year more than ever she could do with a shoulderto cry on – Grace’s career is in flux, she isn’t sure she wants the baby her husband is so desperate to have and, worst of all, she’s begun to develop feelings for their best friend Theo. Theo is a Cuban born magician but even he can’t make Grace’s problems disappear. Is the passion Grace feels for Theo enough to risk her family’s happiness?
From bestselling author Rosanna Ley comes an exotic tale of love, family and friendship set between England and Cuba.
You know when you read a book by a new to you author and you immediately start wondering why you’ve not picked up any of their other books? Last Dance in Havana was like that for me. I’ll definitely be picking up some of Rosanna Ley’s earlier books next time I get to a bookshop.
I really enjoyed this book. It was summery and fun and the perfect way to while away a sadly rare hot sunny evening in the garden. I lost track of time reading this and could almost have been in Cuba rather than my weed infested South Oxforshire garden. It definitely made me long to visit Cuba, somewhere I’ve never considered visiting before.
When I review books I don’t often mention who my favourite character in case it’s a spoiler but I usually try and decide that when I’m reading. I really couldn’t decide if I preferred Grace or Elisa here. Both strong women with struggles that made them seem real and relatable.
Over the last few weeks I’ve read a couple of beach read chicklit type books. They’ve been OK. I’ve liked them but the best I could say real was they were nice. Last Dance In Havana was the first in a long while I can say I really liked.