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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Lady in Havana: A Novel by Ashley Morgan is a well-crafted love story bordering on political intrigue, a forbidden romance, and the bonding between a mother and daughter. Dimple's move to Havana with her husband introduced her to an exciting life of casinos, nightclubs, luckies, and mojitos, and this is where she meets Roberto. He was going to be their man in Cuba and was attractive compared to the other Latin men Dimple had met. He was going to help them sell buses for all of Batista's schools. Dimple found him intriguing and mysterious and she thought there was no one like him. Though she loved her husband, she loved Roberto in a different way.
The novel alternates between Dimple's struggles in the past to her daughter's present-day struggles. The story has the makings of a good movie; it has glamor, a forbidden romance, a political backdrop, the colorful side of Cuba, betrayal, and a bit of suspense that all make it a compelling read. There are two stories in the book, that of Dimple and of her daughter, Hallie, and both are interesting in their own way, leaving readers curious and intrigued. The author does an excellent job of knitting the history of Cuba into this story of the mother and daughter, giving readers an idea about how paradisiac and exotic Cuba was before the Castro revolution. The author's style of writing is fluid and she pulls in readers with some unexpected twists and turns. This is a love story with a difference and the story will make readers want to visit Havana someday. There are many layers to this story and the author handles them with expertise, weaving them into the main plot seamless and effortlessly.