This is harrowing to read knowing how true it is. But the book suffers from the author‘s need to show how “historical” this historical fiction is. Liked learning about Cuban history but it was just too much. A large portion is one character giving current events/history lessons to another. Got quite dry & repetitive. Insta-love was irritating too. I did like Elisa & Pablo‘s story a lot & wish it was the whole book, & again did learn a lot! 3/5 ⭐️
$1.99 for this ebook!! This book has been on my tbr for a while! What a steal!
Ugh, come ON. For one thing, what the fuck else would it be considering it‘s the most obvious and common Animal Farm reference there is. And then for him to show “admiration” because she read an extremely well-known classic that‘s probably on thousands of school reading lists, especially knowing she‘s a journalist who likely took a fuckton of English courses in college? I assume this is supposed to make him look good, but it‘s just douchey.
“You speak as though politics is its own separate entity,” he says. “As though it isn‘t in the air around us, as though every single part of us isn‘t political. How can you dismiss something that is so fundamental to the integrity of who we are as a people, as a country? How can you dismiss something that directly affects the lives of so many?”
When I learned of another time switch author, I was excited as I really enjoy Rachel Hauck, but this one was different than I expected. I didn't expect this book to have a stronger political storyline than romance. The story felt like a sophisticated Letters To Juliet (movie from 2010) to me. I didn't dislike it enough to DNF but wasn't finding excuses to keep reading either.
Historical fiction featuring women of color, family secrets, and political turmoil, with an #ownvoices author and a cover I just want to keep staring at? Yes, please!
What a beauty this book is!! I had never read a book set in Cuba and was excited when this popped onto my radar... and it did not disappoint. Beautifully told with rich and vibrant characters set against the backdrop of Cuba. To say I loved this book is an understatement and I can‘t wait to read more!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I wouldn't normally be drawn to a book like this but I'm trying to read books from Reese Witherspoon's book club. But I really enjoyed it! A woman takes her grandmother's ashes back to Cuba and while there learns about her grandma's past and what it is like living in Cuba. And then there are flashbacks to when her grandma was a young lady. This book is not only a romance but also provides insight to life in Cuba.
This books alternate story lines between Elisa and Marisol really captured the struggle of the Cuban Revolution; how it disenfranchised the Cuban people and its effects even on Cuban-Americans generations later. finding your identity when you've not grown up in a country was something that I could relate to, being born in South Africa, growing up with South African values and culutre, but living in the United States apart from family. 5 stars!
This started out slow for me and I was wondering what all the hype was. But it gets better. The love of Cuba really pulled me in. The history of the place and the people are what made this great. The romances were on the instalove scale but the connection between the generations is intriguing. #readwomen #readingwomenchallenge - multigenerational
10/10 Exceptional read, an eye opening look at the lives and politics of modern day Cuba, and the revolution in the '50s. Well written characters catch your interest, and the story is interesting without being overly political. The juxtaposition between the beauty of the climate against the harsh political conditions brings a country to life in a very personal way. Reads more like a true story than a fiction novel.
I have always been fascinated by Cuba and have been looking forward to this for awhile. The prose was fine but not revelatory and the story was at times predictable and the romance a bit cheesy but I still really enjoyed it because of the insight into modern Cuba which is fascinating and also quite disturbing. I just realized her new book is a sort of prequel to this so I‘m looking forward to reading that as well. #aty2019 #pop19
I almost bought this book last week but I already had 4 books in my hands 😁 I wasn‘t sure if it would be interesting but it does seem to be selling well.. anybody else read it?
Misty I do not even know how to begin with now how much you spoiled me. Two books from my wishlist, bookmarks, stationary, the cutest notebook ever, and a travel bookrest that looks like it will be so handy! You are such a wonderful friend and I don‘t have the words to convey how much this means to me. Thank you!!!
Currently reading. About halfway through. Really like it so far. #kindlereader.
Finished! Can‘t wait for WhenWe Left Cuba.
This was a great read, told through two different characters‘ viewpoints and time periods. It was an emotional look at the Cuban experience, seen from the vantage point of those who left Cuba when Castro took over and those who remained. There was romance thrown in for good measure as well, however the most gripping aspect of the book for me was the human impact of separation from home and loved ones.
I enjoyed this dual storyline set in Cuba in 1958-59 and 2017. The story is not without its flaws; almost the entirety of the book is telling, not showing, which can be problematic in how the story flows. That being said, if you like historical fiction it is well worth reading. I didn‘t know much about Cuban history, and this has made me want to learn more. I‘ll definitely be reading the sequel. 4⭐️
I picked this up last summer at a bookstore near my cottage and I wasn‘t in the mood to read it until now. I‘m glad that I waited because this was a great historical fiction read! It was also great to learn more about Cuba‘s past and to have a glimpse of what it is like living there now. I haven‘t read many books set in Cuba so this was a interesting. I look forward to the sequel. & I‘ve had the Dirty Dancing Havana Nights music stuck in my head
[#BookReview] Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton was such a gorgeous story!! Although there are two POVs/romances my honest favorite part of this story was the connection our main character, Marisol, had with her grandmother. It was so heartwarming & reminded me of my connection with my Nan. The writing and story are gorgeous.
The reviews I read before this book were mixed so I didn't have high hopes and it met those expectations. It was a lovely story about snd a woman attempting to learn more about her family's past and her own nationality but it was repetitive. Not only were most of Luis's explanations of Cuban policies all the same in nearly every chapter but phrases (i.e. "A curse falls from his lips") were used over and over.
I did learn more about Cuban ⬇️⬇️
⭐️⭐️⭐️½ • I started out loving this book but found my mind wandering as I kept reading, especially toward the end. The dual timeline thing is super interesting, but the stories are almost too similar. Because of this, the story was somewhat predictable. Also I think it could have been at least 50 pages shorter. But I‘m glad I read it and will read the sequel.
I ended up liking this book a lot more then I anticipated. Cleeton pains a picturesque Cuba, but also spends a lot of time detailing the politics of Cuba. Also, her description of the food always made me hungry. My favorite part of the book was Elisa who desperately wanted to learn about her grandmother's life in Cuba. This book is a beautiful story of love and family.
1. So pretty. I'm feeling pink today!
2. My boyfriend and I are going out but we actually haven't figured out what we're going to do yet
4. It's sad but my parents suffered through 3 late term miscarriages before me. So they had no names picked, no baby clothes or diapers before I was born. They couldn't go through getting rid of it again if I didn't make it.
5. ❤it up!