Find Me in Havana

Find Me in Havana

From the bestselling author of THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES, a new historical novel based on the dazzling story of one of Hollywood's most celebrated Hispanic actresses and her daughter's search for closure. "Told in a series of letters, FIND ME IN HAVANA is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of mothers and daughters, and the American Dream that comes with the biggest price o From the bestselling author of THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES, a new historical novel based on the dazzling s...

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Title:Find Me in Havana
Author:Serena Burdick
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Find Me in Havana
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Find Me in Havana Reviews

  • Diane
    Jan 12, 2021
    I'm a big fan of novels that feature real people, and Serena Burdick's novel Find Me In Havana tells the story of Estelita Rodriguez, a Cuban actress from the 1950s with whom I was unfamiliar. Young Estelita came to the United States when she was fifteen years old with her...
  • Katie
    Jan 09, 2021
    (4.5??) FIND ME IN HAVANA by Serena Burdick is the historical fiction book that is based on the true events of the life of Cuban-born Hollywood actress Estelita Rodriguez. Flipping through the beginning of my #gifted book from Harper Collins, I didn?t plan on reading it right awa...
  • Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
    Oct 01, 2020
    The premise and cover are kind of giving me Evelyn Hugo vibes. ...
  • Alma
    Sep 05, 2020
    This poignant story is based on the life of Cuban singer and actress Estelita Rodriguez, as told to the author by her daughter. During a time when women were supposed to bow to their husband?s wishes, both Mam and Estelita were cut from a different cloth. Their strength comes out t...
  • Bethany
    Dec 11, 2020
    DNF at 14% I think this is a- it's not you, it's me scenario. I'm not connecting with the writing style, I didn't expect some of the content to be so traumatic so early on, and I'm just not as interested as I thought I would be. I was probably hoping for som...
  • Brooke
    Dec 20, 2020
    I am a fan of classic movies, but had never heard of actress Estelita Rodriguez before picking up Serena Burdick's new novel, Find Me in Havana. Estelita was groomed for the stage as a child in her home country of Cuba before moving to the United States as a teenager to star in nu...
  • Sarah Wagner
    Jan 30, 2021
    This is a relatively short novel and yet so much is packed into it- a kidnapping, a mother and daughter fleeing across the Mexican border, Castro's takeover of Cuba, and the long-term effects of childhood trauma. It's a lot of story and at points, I wish the author had expand...
  • Amanda
    Jan 30, 2021
    Wow, wow, wow. Find Me in Havana was absolutely stunning and amazing. Told in a back-and-forth narrative between Estelita Rodriguez and her daughter, Nina, this is historical fiction at its absolute best. Based on true events from Estelita and Nina's lives, Serena Burdick does a m...
  • Julie
    Jan 06, 2021
    Mother daughter relationships are always complicated even in the best circumstances throw in a Hollywood career and it?s even worse. Told in letters, we meet Nina and her mom Estelita. Estelita didn?t really know how to be a mom and an actress so most of the time the actress wins o...
  • Nada
    Jan 19, 2021
    Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick is a tragic but memorable story that encompasses Cuban history, Hollywood, violence against girls, and the relationships between sister, mothers, and daughters. Although written as fiction, this book is based on a true story. Prior to this book, I ha...
  • Lisa
    Jan 02, 2021
    Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review. Find Me in Havana is a 5 star read. I hadn?t heard of Estelita Rodriguez a Cuban actress. best known for her roles in many Westerns with Roy Rogers for Republic Pictures, as well as her role in Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo. ...
  • Marlene
    Jan 15, 2021
    Originally published at Reading Reality This is one of those stories that lives up to the adage ?fiction is the lie that tells the truth.? Because this is a fictionalized story of a real life, a real death, and a real mystery. The author, having been told this story, filled in t...
  • Janet
    Oct 31, 2020
    Date reviewed: October 31, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon ...
  • Virginia Winfield
    Jan 09, 2021
    This book is written as a mother and a daughter writing letters to each other through the good and bad days of their lives. I loved that this book was based on a real mother and daughter. The mother, Estelita, and her daughter Nina learn how each other is feeling through the years. Est...
  • Chantale Canadian Book Addict
    Dec 31, 2020
    I listened to this book on audiobook and I have to say I did like it very much. Such a good story that gets you hooked. ...
  • Charlsa
    Dec 31, 2020
    The River Within seems like a classic story of love, loss, class distinction and tragedy. What makes the story unique is Powell?s poetic language and the sense of place that permeates the story. Even though the story opens with a death (not a spoiler), this is a delicate telling of h...
  • Lissa
    Oct 29, 2020
    4.5 stars. I received a digital galley of this book yesterday. I thought it looked interesting so started reading it immediately...and finished it less than 24 hours later. This book is outstanding. It is a fictional retelling of the life of Estelita Rodriguez, a Cuban singer who event...
  • Amy Lee
    Jan 09, 2021
    4 stars This was a sweeping historical fiction story that takes you from LA, to Mexico and Cuba. The story of Estelita Rodriguez and her daughter Nina is told by alternating perspectives between them. This gives insight into the characters feelings as they are not very good at sharing...
  • Anthony
    Jan 20, 2021
    The Review A beautiful story of two women connected by family and fate, the novel expertly crafts a narrative of how the daughter of a renowned actress and singer must come to terms with the childhood she had and the life she?s led thus far after her mother?s passing. The shift ...
  • Jessica | JustReadingJess
    Nov 29, 2020
    Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick is a historical fiction book about a Cuban woman and her daughter. Find Me in Havana is based on the true story of Estelita Rodriguez. Find Me in Havana is told from Estelita and Nina?s perspectives. This really helped the story by allowing the ...
  • Jay bookworm
    Dec 30, 2020
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Park Row (Harlequin) for the advance copy of the book. Seeing the author, Serena Burdick?s, book up for selection, I couldn?t say no. Girl in the Afternoon was one of my favorite books the year that I read it, so I went in with high expectatio...
  • MicheleReader
    Jan 03, 2021
    Before reading Find Me in Havana, I had never heard of Cuban-born singer and actress Estelita Rodriguez. Author Serena Burdick had a chance meeting with Nina Rodriquez and the story of her mother Estelita intrigued her. Years later she revisited the incredible and mostly unknown story ...
  • EsquiredToRead
    Dec 11, 2020
    3.5 stars. The writing was pretty phenomenal, I really enjoyed the historical aspect, and I had a hard time tearing myself away from this book. This book is correctly compared to "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo." Just add the Cuban revolution and multi-generational mot...
  • Donna Hines
    Jan 05, 2021
    Find Me In Havana is a tough read covering some heavy topics that will have you questioning political activism, the rise to power under dictatorships, & the overall effect upon generations of Cuban families. The stronghold for me was two fold. The way this was written did become b...
  • Jodie (That Happy Reader)
    Jan 03, 2021
    The story unfolds in a series of letters between Estelita Rodriguez and her daughter Nina Lopez. The story begins in Cuba in 1936 with Estelita?s family struggling following the Cuban Revolution. Growing up with a group of sisters who loved to sing and dance, Estelita is discovered i...
  • Alisha Phillips
    Dec 11, 2020
    This book was a little confusing at first. I listened to it as an audiobook thanks to NetGalley. It was odd that it was written almost as letters from mother to daughter, but the information included in them was pretty detailed and explicit. I would never want to read a letter from my ...
  • Rachel
    Sep 04, 2020
    Find Me in Havana by Serena Burdick is an excellent historical fiction (that is written about true characters and events) kept me fascinated and enthralled from beginning to end. This novel tells the story of Estelita Rodriguez and her daughter, Nina Lopez (Rodriguez) in alternatin...
  • Bookteafull (Danny)
    Jan 14, 2021
    TW: Molestation, Sexual Assault, Rape, Parental Kidnapping, Domestic Abuse/Intimate Partner Violence, Drug Addiction. This book was basically just Trauma Porn? - just fyi y'all. Where do I even start? - Author Choice A book about Estelita Rodriguez, a famous Cuban ...
  • Sisters Reviewing Books
    Jan 31, 2021
    This was pure torture. I am not sure if it was because I listened to an audio version of the book instead of physically reading, but I felt like I was being put through a special version of hell.. I tried listening to it in various settings, thinking a change of scene would help my moo...
  • Mairy
    Jan 03, 2021
    It was quite hard to get into the story. I finally got in around 85% into it when Nina was trying to make her mother accept what was romantically good for her.. basically anything other than her abusing stepfather. This was a tipping point with dramatic consequences and my soul then do...