Prim and proper Bostonian history professor Alita Catharina Van Den Berg sets off in search of adventure and soon travels to Miami. Before she knows it, her travels take her further on an illicit trip to Cuba.
These pages provide something for everyone: fleshy romance, magical mystery, desperate danger, glittering glamour, hysterical humor, and suffering spirits.
Salsa with proper Boston history professor, Alita, into her new life in Florida as she is rescued from a midnight boardwalk fall by “superhunks” Carlos and Raol Gonzales. Then swim in the luxurious world of wealthy Cuban immigrants in Miami and a Gulf island mansion as Alita transforms from a Boston wallflower to a popular, stunning blonde with attitude and issues.
The charming, well-educated Gonzales brothers Samba through the pages with Alita and immerse her in their colorful circle of friends: Conchita and her Latin lovers; Lupe and her dangerous secret life; Silvie and her eternal suffering; Georges and his Cuban cigars; the million-dollar Gulf home and life of Silvie and Raymond and their loyal determined circle of Cuban patriots; the mysterious Martin; and strange, frightening happenings that no one will explain.
The real love story is Cuba itself—the people, the history, and the fascination. Alita is sucked into a storm drain of danger and intrigue by a phone call that brings her to Cuba in charge of a rescue mission only she can complete…she who has no experience beyond her stuffy academic life in Boston.
Some things don’t change, and the roller coaster of life plunges the characters into dysfunctional waves of alternative joy and despair. Tango along with Alita and friends through the thoroughly twisted plot and enjoy your vacation from reality.
Lennie McLennan Martin was born in Morristown, New Jersey, when a gallon of gas cost 15 cents, Coke was a nickel, and a new car, $900. She experienced the greatest social and technological changes the world has ever known, and, while history swirled around her, broke a series of family records: First to attend college (Syracuse University), first to marry a non-Celt, first to divorce, first single working mother, first business owner, and first published author.