I have become one of those people. Sped it up by accident, now I'm used to it.
Sorry for the long absence online. Found out we are having twins!! Been super busy!
Anyways loved this book!I'm not crying you are!! Love Grandma and granddaughter stories! Interesting story of the Cuban Revolution and Cuba now and excellent example of history repeating itself.
I liked this. When it started I worried I thought was going to be a bit too fluffy romance for me, but there was enough political conflict and drama to keep it interesting. I can‘t say that any thing that happened was unpredictable, but it was an enjoyable listen and I am going to listen to the sequel next. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Finished with 3 hrs left on my library loan! I‘ve had this on my radar because of the Cuban setting. This book was way more than I expected! One story is in the present when Marisol, a journalist, goes to Cuba for her 1st time to spread her grandmother‘s ashes and to learn more about her. The other story goes back to her grandmother‘s love story and how she came to America. There is a lot of information about the history/politics of Cuba.
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.