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When We Left Cuba
When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost. As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart...
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marleed
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Dear Mrs Kennedy,

Remember Me,
Remember Me?
See Me.

All We Ever Wanted
When We Left Cuba...

Safe Haven,
Where We Belong.

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace,
Wish You Well.

PS, I Love You.

Day12 #30JuneBooks with #SpinePoetry
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StayCurious great job! 4d
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howjessreads Ooh I love your stanza groupings! 4d
marleed @erzascarletbookgasm @StayCurious @Hestapleton @Theaelizabet @rohit-sawant Thankyou. That was my first attempt at spine poetry and it was such fun. My eyes fell first on when we left Cuba, and my head couldn‘t go anywhere without it! 4d
marleed @howjessreads Thanks for providing me this challenge! Now I‘m looking at my library wall in a new way! 4d
Reggie Wow, nice!!! 2d
BooknerdsLife Beautiful!! 💕👏🏼 2d
marleed @BooknerdsLife @reggie Thank you. I can‘t wait to do more! 2d
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GypsyKat
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I‘m happy to say that this was just as good as the first book. I love a strong female protagonist, and themes of feminism woven throughout the story. The history of Cuba and the United States during this time is fascinating. Atmospheric and fully engaging, this book did not disappoint! 4 1/2 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Bookartbookmarks She picks amazing books! 5d
marleed I was so looking forward to this book. I couldn‘t get past how often the protagonist spoke to the burden of being young and beautiful. Once I noticed it, I just couldn‘t stop taking a mental tally. But otherwise, I really liked it. 5d
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GypsyKat
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I‘m starting this one on Audible today. I really enjoyed the first book, so I have high hopes for this one.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! ❤️ 6d
marleed I couldn‘t wait to get my hands on this book. I ended up at B&N before the actual release date but as I was leaving the store they found me and let me purchase the one copy they had. 6d
GypsyKat @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I this so too! ❤️ 5d
GypsyKat @marleed Lucky you! 5d
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crhealey
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#summerreads 🌊🌊🌊

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MaureenMc
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Engrossing story of a Cuban refugee willing to do almost anything to get her revenge against Castro and get back to her homeland. I find Cuban history fascinating, and I enjoyed every minute of this book. Recommended!

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C.Perone
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I never liked spy stories, they make me nervous with all the double cross and uncertain certainty; but I liked Beatriz, and enjoyed her story.

History is much more interesting outside the vacuum of the classroom

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C.Perone
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I can't even express how freakin' excited I am to read this!!!! 😁💃

mdm139 Love the cover 1mo
C.Perone @mdm139 Me too! I meant to say something about it in my post, but forgot in my haste to get started 🤦‍♀️😄 1mo
Trashcanman Hello Clarice.... 1mo
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C.Perone @Trashcanman Hi George 👋 1mo
Trashcanman How goes things in your part of the universe? 1mo
C.Perone @Trashcanman They're OK. How about in your part? 1mo
Trashcanman @C.Perone It's difficult to know, OK I think. I'm a bad judge of these things. Everyone's well for having a failure of a father/husband. The winters are remarkably mild. 1mo
C.Perone @Trashcanman Glad someone gets remarkably mild winters. Funny thing about failure, it doesn't really exist; everything happens to put us where we need to be when we need to be there to do things we're meant to do in that moment. So if a "failure" gets us where we need to be where's the fail? 1mo
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I‘m determined to like this book because I was looking forward to the sequel of Next Year in Havana. But I swear if I have to read Beatriz wax on about the burden of being so beautiful and so young one more time I‘m going to do something rash - like maybe break the binding on this brand new paperback. #YoungAndBeautiful

Cinfhen Ha!!! 1mo
Rachel_nyc Oh no! I have been looking forward to this one too but that sounds annoying! 1mo
marleed @Rachel_nyc don‘t let it stop you because the continued story of Beatriz is worthwhile. Maybe you can go in taking a tally and then you‘ll find it amusing vice annoying! And I was engaged in the history of this time period. 1mo
Rachel_nyc @marleed lol that sounds like a good idea. I‘m definitely still going to read it and always appreciate knowing flaws like this in advance so I can manage expectations. 1mo
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marleed
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It‘s true. I‘ve been known to judge a book by its cover. Next Year in Havana was my cover pick for 2018. I was happy to be equally intrigued by the history of Cuba woven into the tale. And now there is Book 2 with Beatriz, and more Cuban history - yeah!

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Abailliekaras
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I really enjoyed this. I don‘t read much historical romance but this stood out for its strong woman protagonist - Beatriz Perez - who becomes a lady spy (based on real life CIA plots to kill Fidel Castro). It shows the plight of Cubans fleeing Castro‘s regime & adjusting to life in Florida, with the backdrop of the glamorous 1960s and political intrigue. The writing is strong (if a little sweet for my usual taste). A perfect beach read.

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Jenken1998
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Lovely night on the patio. Hoping to finish this tonight. I put it on hold to get through some library books and im ready to get back to it.

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Lauren.Archer
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Loved her first book, very much looking forward to this one.

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aliasNayNay
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This winter has really gotten to me. These past few days little bit of spring we are starting to see is making me happy. I cannot wait for sunshine and warmth! But even though we are not quite there yet, I am still compiling my summer/beach reads.
What is the one book your looking forward to this summer?

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Abailliekaras
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A special episode of Books On The Go: I had the pleasure of chatting with Chanel Cleeton about ‘When We Left Cuba‘ - a smart historical romance with a strong heroine Beatriz Perez. 👌🏼💃🏼 I loved this book. Take a listen! 🎧 (my review coming soon).

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MeganAnnabell
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Finished this in two sittings. I‘m so in love with this book and the characters. I don‘t normally reread books but this one will be an exception.

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MeganAnnabell
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OBSESSED with this book. I‘ve not been able to put it down

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AshleyKorinE
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I started this book and finished it in one night. I love historical fiction and this is a time frame that isn‘t written about often. I loved the political element mixed with the personal feelings because it‘s often forgotten politics have real effects. Beatriz is such a strong character with big feelings and I loved reading from her perspective. Her knowledge of her dreams and willing to move over for those she loved was so admirable. I need more!

Mdargusch Great review! I‘ve been wondering about this book. 2mo
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GinaKButler
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When you stalk your library‘s Overdrive, you‘re 1st on the wait list! 🙌🏼

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whatshesreadingnow
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5 ☆ Part spy, romance + political thriller this was a slow burn in all the right ways. It follows up Next Year in Havana detailing the beauty and tragedy of war-torn Cuba after the Perez family exiled stateside. Fidel Castro is playing house with the Russian‘s opening his shores to communism. The bold as brass Beatriz is po‘d + a force to be reckoned with-to avenge her brother‘s death + reclaim her own country from Castro. I adored her character!!

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whatshesreadingnow
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Weekend #libraryhaul. 📚 Excited to be reading Chanel Cleeten‘s newest, and husband has been reading PJ Tracy novels so thought I‘d give Nothing Stays Buried a try 👍🏻

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whatshesreadingnow
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A little late posting #weekendreads, thanks @rachelsbrittain 🌷

1- When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton. This weekend I finished The Girl He Used To Know and Lilac Girls (I was in tears it just broke my heart in pieces to read)
2- 😊
3- 🌷💐♥️

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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭Review is up on my blog. Stop by and say hi. https://reecaspieces.com/2019/04/14/when-we-left-cuba-by-chanel-cleeton-review-f...

whatshesreadingnow Great review, and lovely picture! 2mo
Reecaspieces @whatshesreadingnow girl! You are the best! Thanks!💯 2mo
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CocoReads
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Went to dinner with my girls tonight. We went to Flat Top, which is conveniently located in our mall right across from B&N. So of course, I had to buy a couple things....

Cinfhen Good plan 2mo
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Bakingbookworm
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3 STARS - an interesting look at how Cuban families were influenced by the politics and volatile issues of the 1960‘s but this book fell a little flat for me with its main character. Still a good read for people who want to learn more about the history & politics of the time.

My full review & giveaway: http://bit.ly/2v1eGF7

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Reecaspieces
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Hopefully this is how my day is going to go!!

Crazeedi Sweet!🐶❤ 2mo
Naj Perfect 💞 2mo
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whatshesreadingnow
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The Perez #Siblings 💃🏼💄💋
WooHoo - When We Left Cuba just released yesterday!💥🙌🏻💥

#SpringIntoReading @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

C.Perone I can't wait to read this!!!! 2mo
whatshesreadingnow @C.Perone I know!! I‘m second on library holds so it shouldn‘t be long 😋 2mo
MidnightBookGirl We did her pre-order campaign for this book- the first 200 orders got a special lipstick that we're all in love with. The author is so friendly! 2mo
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whatshesreadingnow @MidnightBookGirl What a sweet gift! : 2mo
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GenreMinxReviews
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This is a story that will captivate your imagination as it takes you back to a time of civil unrest when people feared the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Beatriz‘s involvement in the machinations of the CIA was intriguing & had all the right components to be both believable & emotionally evocative. Her story was beautifully & passionately done and I was fully immersed in the setting. Full review with GIVEAWAY at www.thegenreminx.com

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Spinatale
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About to finish my reread of Next Year in Havana and I‘m so excited to start this one next! Can‘t wait to hear Beatriz‘s story. Thank you to @BerkleyPub for gifting me this ARC!

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Mowen036
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This book is so good! It comes out April 9th. It‘s Beatriz Perez‘s story and you get a feel for what the Perez family when through after they left Cuba. Thank you to the author and publisher for an early e-copy!!!

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Mowen036
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I‘m 30% into When We Left Cuba and it‘s just as gorgeous as Next Year in Havana! 🤩 all the stars so far!

C.Perone I can NOT wait to read this! 5mo
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jasreadsquiteabit
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I did it!

hes7 Yay! 🎉 6mo
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jasreadsquiteabit
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I was lucky enough to receive a ARC of this amazing novel and it did not disappoint. An amazing story that interlaces true, historical events with an original fiction that is unlike anything I‘ve ever read (save her first novel). Beatriz Perez is the embodiment of the woman we all crave to become someday: fiercely strong and intelligent, who knows how to see the world for what it is. This story is one that will resonate with me forever. Amazing.

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Lisas.Library
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So grateful to receive an ARC of When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton!
I bought Next Year in Havana when Reese announced it as her book club pick in July. I started it and I was enjoying it but I wasn‘t in the mood. I set it aside with full intentions to pick it up again soon.

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AJBowers
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Adding this to my #tbr !!! 😍😍🤩🤩

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