When a cover is a pretty as Chanel Cleeton’s, Next Year in Havana, it’ll always be impossible for me to ignore! Thankfully in this case the story is as beautiful the cover.
The story follows Marisol Ferrera a Cuban-American journalist. Marisol is raised by her grandmother, Elisa, who was was forced to flee Cuba with her family during the revolution. Her grandmother was a young woman from a wealthy and well connected family when they leave.
Eliza’s last wish is Marisol to return her ashes to her home country, in doing so she uncovers a family secret.
I have to admit my knowledge of Cuban history is pretty flaky at best! Chanel Cleeton has done such a wonderful job of bringing Cuba to life for me; with both the stories of Elisa’s 1950’s Cuba and the one her granddaughter returns to. Having read this I would like to learn more about the history and will no doubt be looking for more to read.
This is a beautifully written and well thought out book. The characters came alive for me and descriptions of Cuba are wonderful. When I turned the last page, I felt truly sad. I want to spend more time with Marisol and I want to know more about Elisa. I care about these characters and they felt real to me!
I’m so happy to hear that another book is on the way, available winter 2019. Ok so that feels like a lifetime away, but if it’s as good as this one, it’ll definitely be worth the wait.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Have you read this? Did you love it?