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Miami Days Havana Nights

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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 mi
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Published July 18th 2018 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Stephanie
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sam Ackerman is a 17 year old Jewish boy trying to help his family with money in New York, 1926. Sam finds out he can make an extra two dollars working for a gangster in a speakeasy. Usually Sam is only tasked with cleaning up, however when Sam witnesses a hit and is tasked with dumping the body, he is seen by the police. Sam is hurried out of New York and sent to a contact in Miami, Moshe Toblinsky, the mob's bookkeeper. Indebted to the mob and Moshe, Sam continues working for the mob, now runn ...more
Anjana
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the premise interesting. It is not a topic I have had much experience with before and thought this would be a good opportunity to become familiar with something new.
I flew through the first half of the book and really enjoyed it, but the second half I felt got bogged down with the personal matters of the main protagonist in the current timeline. This is a dual timeline story, with the focus being Sam Ackerman being a young boy in New York who was working for the wrong man and was in the
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Madilynn Dale
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell

4-stars

Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell was an interesting historical suspense novel. This is the second book I have read by this author. This novel was very invigorating and jumped straight into the suspense from page one. It was a little gruesome and bloody at times. I loved the character development in this novel. All the characters were realistic and several were easy to relate to. The imagery was excellent and detailed. I
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Jenni Bishop
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell continues to follow our crime writer and Professor, Liz Reams. This time she is looking into the events of a man who is on the wrong side of the mob and Mosche Toblinsky after seeing a murder. The story is written in the same fashion as the first one, where it is based on historical events and we get to see what happened back in 1926. It also interwoven with the present with Liz’s story as she searches for events and the truth and her relationsh ...more
Gary George
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda Bennett Pennell is a talented writer. She is skilled at creating a sense of place and at recreating the past. There was never a false note in her book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely search out more of her writing.
Mary Yarde
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing


"Why had he thought two dollars extra a week made working for gangsters worth the risk?"

Because his family needed the money, that was why. It was hard enough keeping his siblings in shoes, let alone anything else. So what choice did seventeen-year-old, Sam Ackerman, have? When his father died so unexpectedly, he became the head of the house, and they desperately needed the income he earned from working in Josef Monza's speakeasy.

Liz Reams is determined to hunt down the mysterious man with the s
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Crittermom
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Susan James
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
History and humanity twined in a fascinating story

This is a beautifully written past and present mystery. I love how the story unwinds. Meticulous research and wonderful descriptions of the people and places in Sam’s story. The chapters alternate between Sam’s story and Liz’s quest to learn who Sam was and who she, herself is becoming. Highly recommend.
InD'tale Magazine
"Miami Days, and Havana Nights" is a fascinating mix of historical and contemporary drama.

Read full review in the 2019 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Elizabeth
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miami Days, Havana Nights is the followup to Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel, by Linda Bennett Pennell. It isn't listed as a series, but I think a lot of character background can be gained from reading them in order. I quickly fell in love with this book, as it was an interesting story (2 actually) and a bit of history. The chapters alternate telling the story of Sam Ackerman and Liz Reams. At the end, they merge, and you get a full picture. While I did like that, because its 2 stories, set nearl ...more
Erin
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 mar
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Laura Furuta
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miami Days, Havana Nights
By: Linda Bennett Pennell
5 out of 5 stars

The story Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell is a historical/suspense/romance book. It is a story that pulled me in from the very beginning and didn’t let me go until the final page. It weaves a tale so interesting that I was turning pages to find out what happened next. This is a story that takes you to the past as well as tells a story in the present. I enjoyed reading about the character of Sam Ackerman. He is a
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Tausha Treadway
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell . This is a great dual story with action and romance. The first part of the story is set in the mid 1920's with a Jewish boy named Sam who is making extra money working for a gangster in a speakeasy to help his family. While there Sam witnesses a hit and is sent to Miami with no money. no friends and no place to hide. Sam's only choice is to do that the Mob demands so he begins bootlegging . He is miserable until he sees the daughter of the fami ...more
Liz
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am still finding myself quite taken with these historical fiction novels of Linda Bennett Pennell’s. When I first picked up the Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into but I was instantly hooked. So when I saw Miami Days, Havana Nights was the follow up book I had to have it and had to read it like yesterday.

Miami Days, Havana Nights was another suspenseful, and at times gory, read that kept the pace fast and my tush on the edge of the seat as I read. I lov
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Lisa
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Miami Days, Havana Nights by author Linda Bennett Pennell we find Professor Liz Reams trying to build on the success she found early in her career. Liz literally stumbles onto the story of Sam, a 17 year old boy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a mob hit. Sam finds himself indebted to mobster, Moshe Toblinsky. Sam’s life further changes when he finds himself in a new place far away from family and everything he has ever known. As Liz follows the bread crumbs to Sam’s ma ...more
Maura
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Top Five Reasons MIAMI DAYS, HAVANA NIGHTS Is a Five Star Resd

1. Seamless transition from past to present and back again. While there no chapter headings to indicate the timeline, it is easily recognized.

2. Two stories in one. Both past and present stories are fully actualized and could stand on their own.

3. Cadence of writing. There is a quickness to this story and the way the chapters are laid out. Short and to the point, no filler or wasted actions.

4. Great character development. Secondary
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Sheri
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell continues her story of Liz Reams, American Crime professor. This story is about Sam who gets involved with Moshe Toblinsky in 1926. Sam does not know what he has gotten himself into after witnessing a mob hit. Can he get himself out of the mob's control?
Liz Reams is back at researching the past and has the love of her life proposing. Why doesn't everything feel like it is falling into place? She sets out on a journey which intertwines the past a
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Dawn Daughenbaugh
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
5 Star
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell

Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell is a historical/suspense / romance book that once I started I found myself lost in the pages and couldn’t stop reading till I finished. The author does a great job of going from past to present so smoothly I didn’t have any trouble with keeping up with the story. Sam finds himself without a home and indebted to the mob. He finds himself feeling the weight of the debt when he falls for Reb
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Katie
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miami Days Havana Nights
By Linda Bennett Pennell
4 stars

Miami Days Havana Nights was another enjoyable read from Linda Bennett Pennell, after really enjoying her previous book I was looking forward to starting this one and I wasn’t disappointed. The storyline was richly detailed and interesting; it kept my attention from beginning to end. I really liked the characters and enjoyed following their story. The mix of past and present was good and there was no confusion when switching between the two,
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Kerry Baker
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell is a brilliantly told tale of history mixed with the present day.
After the first book I didn’t know what the author could do to progress this series. I was intrigued to see what else was to come. What she has produced is simply a work of art.
The way each chapter jumps between the two timelines is so effortless. The issue with this method is that a lot of authors struggle to keep the story straight and not too complicated and yet Linda Bennett P
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Chantelle Smith
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miami Days and Havana Nights is another suspenseful, action-packed, mystery read from author Linda Bennett Pennell. She has once again captivated me with a story that I wouldn’t usually pick up. This author has created a read that is mentally visual and captivating for the whole read. I like that we get flashes from past and present, it was written smoothly and it flowed from chapter to chapter. I loved the characters, I loved following their story. I loved the suspense that had you on the edge ...more
Katie Kearney
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miami Days, Havana Nights By Linda Bennett Pennell. Once again I’m blown away at how much I enjoyed take a step back through time with this story. The author just has a way with words turned into vivid movie like stories. From start to finish it’s an incredible journey readers are taken on in past and present with characters you can’t help but feel connected with. I found myself so drawn into the story I just couldn’t put it down which definitely lead to a late night but it was definitely worth ...more
Candida Hopper
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miami Days, Havana Nights
by Linda Bennett Pennell

This was a wonderfully well written story. As your reading this book your reading about the past and the present, the author did this so seamlessly that it was easy to follow. This story was rich in detail and had wonderful characters. I enjoyed reading about Sam who is a young man that is indebted to the mob and and I also liked reading about Liz who is a crime professor and I was completely captivated in where their stories would end up. There i
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Angela
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

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 grea
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Caralee
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
4 stars!!!!

I have to say that I was quite taken in by this book. This is the second book from this author I have read and I wasn't disappointed. The author has quite a unique story line. The characters are very realistic. I felt as though I was right there in the book going through all the drama with them.

I really enjoyed seeing how Liz's story has continued. I really like how the author balances the history she is researching with the present d
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Anastasia
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one I read by this author. This author tells a story in the past and the present and she does it awesomely. I had no problems keeping up with this story. The main characters are great and the author made me feel like I was right there with them experiencing everything too. The story was switched back and forth between two characters and that really brought it to life. I enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to reading more by this author. I wou ...more
Bobbi Wagner
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one I read by this author, if not my favorite. This author does a great job of going from past to present with ease. I had no problem keeping up with this story. The characters made the story feel real, I had no trouble putting myself in this story. I liked how the story told went back and forth between Sam and Liz. They are great characters that took me on a journey of finding oneself and examining life. I highly recommend this book.
Heather Lovelace
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot get over how this author weaves history into these tales and brings it so vividly to life. The setting itself becomes a character in the book and adds such a depth to the tale being told. All in all I found the book to be well written, the plot well paced, the characters rich and complex. I was pleased to have historical facts interspersed. I just truly loved every page and look forward to reading more from Bennett Pennell.
Lucy Berson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell. This is the second book by this author that I have read. While this book does take place in the earlier years, I wouldn’t really call it a historical book. It was more of a suspenseful novel. Being a fan of mafia books and stories, I knew that this book was right up my alley.
A young Jewish man, the Miami mob, Havana and a University professor all wrapped up into a wonderful book!!! I loved it and I hope you do too!!!
Renee
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
Stars-4

I love how the two stories from different time frames connect with each other. I think that when you have two different stories into one book that it can become confusing. However, integrating both stories was very well done. Each story had characters that became important to me, and I couldn't wait to see what happens next. I can't wait to see what happens next for Liz!
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