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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
"Mobsters and moonshine. A bolita shootout. A scary tunnel. Was this real? A part of me wanted to wake up in my old bed in Ybor and learn it was only a dream. Another part liked my new life with this handsome war hero who seemed genuinely interested in me.” In Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters by David C. Edmonds, Amy Romano's surprise flamenco performance for her boyfriend at an art show turns sour when she finds out that he's actually a fraud and a wanted criminal in Spain who left his pregnant wife and kids behind. The 31-year-old dancer drives away in her car, angry and ashamed, when an apparition in the middle of the road sends her plunging into a sinkhole, putting her in a situation that she'd never expected.
The premise of Flamenco in the Time of Moonshine and Mobsters by David C. Edmonds surprised me as I expected the story to take a different direction, particularly paranormal-wise due to the appearance of a 'ghost'. The year 1935 is a pleasant surprise. The way Amy tackles her problem being in a strange place and time is admirable, ironically better than the way she tackles her heartbreak over her lying lover. Edmonds depicted Ybor City in the '30s with all its struggles and unlawful glory of bolita, bootlegging, mobsters and more－ including the exciting presence of Ernest Hemingway and J. Edgar Hoover. Engaging from start to finish, the plot will keep readers intrigued and edgy as Amy has to rely on her wits to survive in a different era, especially when she's mistaken for someone else. An exciting yet perilous journey through time, this is an enjoyable read.