This was such a wonderful story! I really enjoyed Chanel Cleeton's Next Year in Havana so I was really excited to learn that one of my favorite characters in that book would get to tell her own story. This is that story. The events in this book take place after those in Next Year in Havana and while I enjoyed seeing all of the characters again, this story stands on its own. I was hooked by this story from the very beginning and had a This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. I was hooked by this story from the very beginning and had a fantastic time with this book.
This is really a big story. Beatriz and her family are living in Florida after fleeing Cuba when Castro came into power. The family has suffered a lot of losses and it has been a difficult adjustment.
Beatriz and her family hope to go back to Cuba but are also trying to make a life in Florida. Beatriz's mother would like to see all of her daughters married but Beatriz has other ideas. She has turned down quite a few marriage proposals and is more focused on revenge. This story was filled with excitement. Beatriz works with the CIA and let's just say that her life is far from boring. She was passionate about the cause that she was working towards and it was really quite interesting to see her in action. Some of her missions were more exciting than others but it was great to see her in action.
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I was really taken by the romance in this story. It was not your average romance and I am actually somewhat surprised that I was so taken with it but I just found myself swept away by their chemistry. Nick and Beatriz were just great together. They were incredibly attracted to each other and couldn't seem to stay apart even when they tried.
There were so many things that seemed to work against the possibility of a relationship between them but they just couldn't stay away from each other. There were things about their relationship that made me sad and I wouldn't necessarily say everything turns out well but I think they were both better for knowing each other.
I really enjoyed the politics and history that were a part of this book. This was such an eventful period of time and I loved seeing some of the events that I have learned about worked into this story. I thought that all of the little details that the author included really added to the authenticity of the story. I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a captivating story about a passionate character working to make a difference in the world while trying to find some happiness for herself.
I cannot wait to read more from this talented author. Initial Thoughts This was great. She is really an amazing character. This book has a lot of politics and history worked into the story which I found really interesting. There is some romance in the book and I must say that the chemistry between Nick and Beatrice was so well done. I felt like it may not be the best relationship for either of them but I just understood why they wanted to be together.
Definitely a book to pick up. Nov 27, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-book-read , kindle-books. Rich in detail and devastating history, Next Year in Havana enchanted me with the smooth way it blended history with fiction and before I knew it I had completely devoured it in one sitting. Knowing that there was a sequel on the horizon, this time told from possibly the most famous and notorious Perez girl, I knew it would be one of my top reads for the year and I'm happy to report I wasn't wrong. Filled with strife, and heartache but also love and friendship, When We Left Cuba will completely ta Rich in detail and devastating history, Next Year in Havana enchanted me with the smooth way it blended history with fiction and before I knew it I had completely devoured it in one sitting.
Filled with strife, and heartache but also love and friendship, When We Left Cuba will completely take readers breath away with the seamless way Cleeton once again weaves through history both past and present in a time when the world was being torn apart but so many events and conflict.
- Returning Cubans boost island's real estate market.
- The Liberated Bride;
- Iulia oder Die Bacchantische Nacht: Historischer Roman (German Edition).
- Back to Cuba: The Return of the Butterflies.
The author once again proves that she can write about a history that many of us don't know about and makes us all care deeply about it and want to learn more, until we are so engrossed with the story and the characters themselves that it changes us all. The way we think, they way we feel and most of all, changes our perspective on how we view the world and those around us. Beautifully told and completely memorizing, I enjoyed Beatriz's story so much and am so glad I was introduced to this series for so many reasons. I will be on the lookout for whatever the author writes in the future.
Oct 09, Ari rated it it was amazing. Before I get into my review, I just wanna be a little messy and throw some shade real quick. Last year, Chanel Cleeton released Next in Year Havana and honestly I feel like everyone slept on it a lil bit, myself included.
It wasn't until Reese Witherspoon chose it as her book club pick did everyone's ears perk up and there were grabby hands everywhere, mines included. Moral of the story: stop sleeping on Chanel Cleeton's book and get to reading y'all! Moving on It's been almost a year since the Perez family fled Cuba after Fidel Castro came to power and Beatriz is itching to find a way back to Cuba—to take down Castro and to take back her country.
But knowing who to trust and which moves to make will prove to be much harder than she thought and if Beatriz hopes to make it out alive, she's going to have to be willing to risk it all—no matter the price. I don't think there are enough adjectives in the world to accurately describe the perfection that is Cleeton's writing.
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Her words suck you in from the very first page and getting yourself to stop reading for just even one second becomes such a difficult task to accomplish. Cleeton's writing is so vivid that I could literally see this story playing out in my head like a movie. I felt like I was transported back to the s and was actually living through all the events that were taking place. This book is very politics heavy as we see the tension between Cuba and America rise and the possibility of war on the horizon and to be honest, politics can sometimes cause a story to drag but I didn't feel that here.
I was constantly kept on my toes, waiting for when the next jaw-dropping twist would occur and to see which one of these characters would end up on the chopping block next. There are so many intense situations occurring one after the other and I swear, I gasped so many times while reading this book and that ending gave me literal heart palpitations! I went into this book knowing that Beatriz was gonna bring hell but I was still not expecting her to go the lengths she did!
But first, can I just say that all the men in this book are literally trash and the fact that Beatriz put up with some of this shit makes me just love her character even more. In a era where women are told that their only focus should be on marriage and family, Beatriz goes against the societal norms and shows that woman are capable getting their hands dirty too. Beatriz is strong as hell and brave as fuck!
The things she went through in this book, all the missions she was put on, she was basically risking her life trying to take down a dictator and there was no guarantee of success but she did it anyway because that's how much love she felt for Cuba. Beatriz's journey is not an easy one but you'll be rooting for her all throughout it!
There is a little side romance among all the political warfare that is going on and y'all it was so scandalous! I loved the way Cleeton managed to weave the romance into this story and though it wasn't the main story line, Beatriz's relationship with Nicholas Preston does come into play when it comes to Beatriz making certain decisions. From tender moments to heartbreaking ones, you see as Beatriz struggles between her love for her country and her love for an American man and trying to choose between the two. This romance has so many ups and downs and while I personally wasn't the biggest fan of Nick, I do think he was a good fit for Beatriz because he allowed her to be her full true self and he softened some of Beatriz's rough edges and we got to see a more vulnerable side to her.
The thing I love most about this romance is how Cleeton was always bringing these two back together in the most unexpected ways, showing us that sometimes love does triumph in the end. If you're still sleeping on Cleeton's books after reading my review then you really need to reevaluate your life choices and go pick this book up NOW!
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