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.
I've never been a fan of reading historical romance, but I'm a huge fan of this author's work, so I took a chance. And didn't regret it! Besides the beautiful cover, Next Year in Havana is compelling, eye opening and told beautifully. It's a story that alternates between the 1950s and present day. The back and forth was never confusing and the characters were well-developed, that I couldn't get enough of their lives.
Ms. Cleeton shares in detail of the history of Cuba, that you feel like you're living inside the book and sharing the journey of Elisa and Marisol. Elisa and Marisol are granddaughter and grandmother and their lives were different, but similar in the way they found love. I won't spoil this book by re-telling their story, but I will say it's a read that has plenty of family loyalty and drama, secrets, and romance woven in between the times. I felt like I learned so much from this book. My knowledge of Cuba was lacking and this story shared the history, the politics and the struggles of those living.
Next Year in Havana is beautifully written and will have you just saying "wow!"
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