I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick. I received an electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Park Row Books and Serena Burdick for letting me be a part of the tour.
Author: Serena Burdick
Published by: Park Row Books
Released: January 12, 2021
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: The dazzling true story of one of Hollywood's most celebrated Hispanic actresses and her daughter's search for answers.
Cuba, 1936: When Estelita Rodriguez sings in a hazy Havana nightclub for the very first time, she is nine years old. From then on, that spotlight of adoration--from Havana to New York's Copacabana and then Hollywood--becomes the one true accomplishment no one can take from her. Not the 1933 Cuban Revolution that drove her family into poverty. Not the revolving door of husbands and the fickle world of film. Not even the tragic devastation of Castro's revolution that rained down on her loved ones.
Thirty years later, her young adult daughter, Nina Rodriguez, is blindsided by her mother's mysterious, untimely death. Seeking answers no one else wants to hear, the grieving Nina navigates the troubling, opulent memories of their life together and discovers how much Estelita sacrificed to live the American dream on her own terms.
Based on true events and exclusive interviews with the real Nina Rodriguez, Find Me in Havana weaves two unforgettable voices into one extraordinary journey that explores the unbreakable bond between mother and child, and the ever-changing landscape of self-discovery. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: This is the story of a mother, a daughter, and Cuba in the past and present. We explore Estelita Rodriguez's life, the highs and the lows, while living in a country that is going through turbulent times. We also follow Nina Rodriguez as she deals with the mystery and loss of her mother.
I found this book to be really interesting and immersive. I love books that have a real story behind them. It's always so fascinating to learn more about the real person behind the story. I think Serena Burdick did an awesome job of telling the story of Estelita. Even though it's a fictionalized version of a life, it's still fascinating.
I also really liked getting to learn about Cuba. I confess that I don't really know much about it, so everything I got to learn was very interesting.
I also liked reading Nina's journey as she discovers secrets and mysteries about her mother. She learned so much about her and just all she did for herself and her family.
I really liked Find Me in Havana and I'm glad I got to read it. It tells a fascinating story and explores some history of a place that is still kind of a mystery. If you like historical fiction, I'd definitely recommend giving this a read. It's good.
Serena Burdick Graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York City to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College. Author of GIRL IN THE AFTERNOON, she lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
Thank you for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick. Thanks so much to Park Row Books and Serena Burdick for letting me be a part of it. If you're looking for a good historical fiction, I'd definitely recommend this one.