Thank you stopping by for my stop on the tour for Next Year in Havana. I’m please to able to share the tour-wide giveaway, and my review as well.
Next Year in Havana
By: Chanel Cleeton
Expected Publication: February 6th 2018
Published: Berkley Books
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution…
Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…
Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.
Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.
When I finished reading this, and it was one those reads you just have sit and let sink in, it was just that amazing! I even talked with my husband about it, and the history that was told. Here was so much to love about this, the alternating timelines of the two women, and yes this is a work of fiction but the rich details are based off of some factual events. Most of which I did not learn much about.
Elisa Perez’ family fled from Cuba when Castros reign started. They wealthy, powerful and respected. After leaving, they never returned to their Home. All Elisa has are her memories of days growing up there. Not all of her memories are happy ones. But she was such a string willed young woman, determined to follower her her and her story was filled with love, hard times and sorrow. One thing about her though, it never stopped her loving her country and family and she shared this adoration with her granddaughter. But there are parts of her past that she kept secret from her family, even from Elisa.
Marisol’s closeness to her grandmother was endearing to me. Growing up hearing all the stories of younger days, it is how it should be with grandparents and grandchildren. Marisol took her grandmothers death very hard, so it was no question that she would carry out her last wish to have her ashes spread in Cuba. Upon arrival in Cuba, it was fairly clear she was an outsider, but she was so much like Elisa, so stubborn and not willing to give up quite so easily. Marisol has come to learn that there was a lot more to her grandmothers life there in Cuba than she ever knew. She has some help on her quest for the answers and the perfect place to spread the ashes and this man just might be the one she was meant to meet all along.
These two timelines seem to run parallel to each other. Almost bitter-sweetly with some of the events that happens. I adored both Elisa and Marisol’s stories, and the Cuban history through their eyes. It was so beautifully described yet so heart breaking to know the struggles they went through.
Next Year in Havana is an enlighting, refreshing that will break your heart in parts and piece it back together in others with their strength. It was one that will stay with me.
Beatriz Perez’ Story
When We Left Cuba
Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
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