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Shelf Control: Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley

Shelf Control ~ Bookshelf Fantasies

Shelf Control is a meme run by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies.  It is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves.  Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!

For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post.


I love this idea of celebrating books on our book shelves that have been published for a while and we are yet to discover. I’m not choosing in any particular order. I’m just perusing my shelves and seeing what stands out for me at that moment.

This week, I have chosen:

Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley

Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley

Published in the UK by Quercus Books in 2016.

~ What it’s about ~

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 shoulder to 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.

~ When I added it to my book shelf ~

I added this to my shelf not long after it was published. It was an impulse buy at the supermarket!

~ Why I want to read it ~

I remember seeing Last Dance in Havana in Sainsbury’s and being drawn in by its escapist cover. After reading the blurb, I knew it was a book for me. I love a dual time frame book. At the time, I wasn’t aware of how popular Rosanna Ley’s books are (it was pre-blogging days). Now I know and I do wonder what I am missing. I will get around to finding out soon.

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