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The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton's captivating new novel inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman--Evangelina Cisneros--who changed the course of history. A feud rages in Gilded Age New York City between newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. When Grace Harrington lands a job at Hearst's newspaper in 1896, she's caught in a cutthroat world where one scoop can make or break your career, but it's a story emerging from Cuba that changes her life. Unjustly imprisoned in a notorious Havana women's jail, eighteen-year-old Evangelina Cisneros dreams of a Cuba free from Spanish oppression. When Hearst learns of her plight and splashes her image on the front page of his paper, proclaiming her, "The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba," she becomes a rallying cry for American intervention in the battle for Cuban independence. With the help of Marina Perez, a courier secretly working for the Cuban revolutionaries in Havana, Grace and Hearst's staff attempt to free Evangelina. But when Cuban civilians are forced into reconcentration camps and the explosion of the USS Maine propels the United States and Spain toward war, the three women must risk everything in their fight for freedom.
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Chrissyreadit
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My belated #foodandlit #cuba read. I loved this book- told from three viewpoints, in a time and place I know very little Cuba and the fight for Freedom from Spain, and simultaneously about one of my favorite times and places- historical NYC. I loved the characters and the writing and am so glad I read it.

KristiAhlers This might be my favorite of hers so far 1d
Texreader So glad you liked it. It was a fascinating read 1d
Catsandbooks I enjoyed this one too! 16h
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KristiAhlers
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For my #doublespin book and for my #travelthroughbooks challenge I read this one. I have to tell you I‘m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. This title has been on my shelf for just about a year. It‘s a perfect time now with what‘s going on here in the states to read a story about three strong and amazing women taking a stand and making a difference. #bookspin #mayreadinglist @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
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Catsandbooks
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4/5 ⭐️ I enjoyed the rich history poured into this story. Grace's storyline was my favorite of the 3 women. I'll definitely read more from the author!

Any favorite characters? Favorite moments?

#FoodandLit Buddy Read

Texreader How about craziest moment? The girls dancing on the boat during the war. What now? 3w
BrittanyReads @Texreader YES!! That was wild! 😳 I enjoyed Grace's determination and persistence. 3w
Butterfinger I really liked the prison break. 3w
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Catsandbooks @Texreader yeah I found it crazy that Hearst just invited the Wilson sisters for entertainment during the war!! 3w
Catsandbooks @BrittanyReads I loves that about all the women! 💪🏼 3w
Catsandbooks @Butterfinger That was a great moment! 3w
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Maggie4483
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I wish this looked as good as it tasted. Sheet pan Cuban Chicken (so much oregano and citrus 🍊🍊🍊). And an avocado and orange salsa (I‘ll never NOT put orange in my guacamole again).
I really enjoyed learning about Cuba‘s history this month for #FoodAndLit.

Texreader This sounds and looks amazing 3w
Butterfinger It looks pretty darn fantastic. 3w
Catsandbooks Well it looks great! I agree orange seems like a weird addition though 3w
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Maggie4483
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My Procrastination Manager (she was promoted from Procrastination Assistant to a supervisory role during WFH) just notified me that we would be doing no more laundry today. Instead, we will prioritize reading, along with her extremely time-sensitive Cuddle Initiative©.

AlaMich 😂 4w
AmyG 🙌🏻❤️ 4w
Texreader That‘s so cute!!! 4w
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Maggie4483
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Finally started this yesterday evening, and I‘m already 150 pages in. It‘s so good! I made a Cuban Sandwich for #FoodAndLit #Cuba, but I was shorter on pickles than I would have liked. 😭 (My 2015 Elvis Andrus Garden Gnome seems to approve, though).
Now I think I‘ll go watch Chef, which just happens to be my favorite movie about Cuban Sandwiches.

Texreader I enjoyed this book. And your sandwich sounds amazing! 1mo
Catsandbooks Yay! So good! 1mo
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Butterfinger
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I will definitely read more Cleeton. I learned so much about Cuba and it's relationship with US. I never knew of Hearst's obsession with Cuba. I hope that he wasn't such a warmonger as Cleeton portrays him, but I know news was his business and he would probably do anything for his success. I even liked how all three main characters fought for Cuba and had a "happy" ending. #FoodandLit @Catsandbooks good choice Leila!!! @Texreader

Catsandbooks Yay! Happy you liked it! ☺️ 1mo
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Texreader
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I loved this book because 1) I learned an immense amount about Cuba‘s history, 2) the depiction of multiple strong women, & 3) the war battled between newspaper magnates, because I‘m still a newspaper junkie from my youngest days. The writing sometimes ventured on the simplistic (how many times can Hearst‘s eye “gleam”?), & it was slow and confusing at first. But I still loved it. It fits multiple genres: historical fiction of course, but also ⬇️

Texreader It‘s a thriller and a romance, which was nicely done. I appreciated the author‘s explanation at the end about the very real, unbelievable, and sometimes mesmerizing events described in the book. It was indeed the Gilded Age. Highly recommended. #Cuba #foodandlit @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks 1mo
Catsandbooks So glad to hear this! 1mo
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I know far too little about #Cuba and I‘m so glad it is our #foodandlit country this month. I just finished this book, so a review is coming but I am so overwhelmed by how little I knew of its history, much less the Spanish-American War. I knew of it but not what it was about. I learned so much from this book, in a most fascinating (sometimes romantic, and sometimes perilous) way. @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

Texreader I also finished another #awesomeapril #readathon goal! @Andrew65 (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 Sounds must reading! 1mo
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Maggie4483
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Cuban Mojo Pork Roast for #FoodAndLit #Cuba. I wish I had cooked it a little different (the recipe was written for a 9lb roast, and mine was only 2.5). It doesn‘t look pretty, but it tastes pretty good (and will be great on a sandwich with ham and pickles and mustard later this week 😋).
The tagged book should be here tomorrow so I can start reading!
The beet salad isn‘t Cuban, but it goes with the pork really well.

Texreader Mmmm looks yummy 1mo
Catsandbooks Yum! ☺️ 1mo
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Texreader
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A bit of trivia about New York‘s history. #foodandlit #Cuba @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

Butterfinger I'm really liking this book. Learning about a history I never knew. And how, specifically, women are the ones who deal with the horror of war while the men fight. 1mo
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Texreader
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I‘ve not finished the tagged book yet but I fell down the google hole to see whether the story is true. And look what I found! The front page story from the New York Journal about how it masterminded her rescue! Source:

https://mediamythalert.com/2021/05/29/the-impressive-and-enduring-appeal-of-jour...

#foodandlit #Cuba

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paperwitchs Spain has done so much that is so easily forgotten 1mo
GingerAntics Spain really has been a piece of work through the ages. Not that other countries haven‘t done horrible things as well. It just seems so much genocide, murder, and cruelty tie back there. 1mo
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Texreader
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“My new friends settle me into the Waldorf-Astoria, a grand hotel the likes of which I have never seen, the building towering some thirteen stories over the city.”

I‘m sure the author enjoyed writing this sentence. In 1897, thirteen stories towered over New York City!

#foodandlit #Cuba

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“It isn‘t as much that I am afraid of heights as it is that I‘m unsettled by them and would prefer to keep my feet planted firmly on solid ground.”

Sure, that‘s what my problem is with heights, I‘m “unsettled.” 😂

#Cuba #foodandlit2022 @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't mind heights... it's the possible fall from them that makes me uncomfortable. 2mo
TheBookHippie I am using this from now on. 2mo
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I had no idea about Cuba‘s history as a colony of Spain. This is so interesting. #Cuba #foodandlit2022 @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

TheBookHippie I‘m reading about this too! 2mo
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Texreader
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This book may be uncomfortably familiar to what‘s happening in Ukraine. Cuban revolutionaries are trying to kick Spain off its island in the late 1890s. #foodandlit #Cuba

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Historical fiction is so intriguing because it allows me to learn things. This book is set when Cuba was still ruled by Spain.

This from Wikipedia: “Spain maintained a penal colony on Fernando Po in present-day Equatorial Guinea.”

I also love when my challenges coincidentally collide like here #foodandlit #Cuba #readingAfrica2022 #EquatorialGuinea

obviateit Interesting! Although, I don‘t think I would consider Equatorial Guinea the north coast. It‘s in the middle of the west coast. Was there more than one penal colony? 🤔 2mo
Singout No, the author got their geography wrong. 1mo
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Texreader
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I started this one tonight for #foodandlit #Cuba. It‘s also our #foodandlitbuddyread. @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

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Texreader
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Sorry for the small print. I‘m updating my Litsy lists starting with #foodandlit to include the newest purchases and some freebies I managed to get. My excuse: I need choices! The tagged book is up next for #Cuba along with the Crook Factory. I also added books for #Afghanistan, #France, #Japan, and #Germany since the last time I posted this list.

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April is fast approaching! The #FoodandLit Buddy Read for Cuba is The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton. This is a historical fiction based on the life of Evangelina Cisneros during the Cuban war of independence.

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

Visit @Catsandbooks to join in

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Catsandbooks
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April is fast approaching! The #FoodandLit Buddy Read for Cuba is The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton. This is a historical fiction based on the life of Evangelina Cisneros during the Cuban war of independence.

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

BrittanyReads I feel like this will be a good one! Enjoy everyone! 2mo
Texreader Me! 2mo
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Texreader
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I‘ve just had two bails in a row for my ebook selections so I‘m moving on to my April read for #foodandlit. Surely Ms Witherspoon can‘t be wrong and I‘ll love this ebook. I hate to jump ahead of our buddy read but dang I can‘t take any more risks on bad books at the moment. I don‘t want to accidentally step into a slump. So here goes #Cuba! @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

mdm139 I think I will be reading 2mo
Texreader @mdm139 That looks really good too! 2mo
Catsandbooks I'm excited for this one too! 2mo
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Catsandbooks
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My upcoming #FoodandLit Buddy Reads for the next 3 months. If you'd like to join me on any of these reads let me know!

Megabooks I‘ve been meaning to read June‘s. 2mo
sarahbellum I‘ll probably join again for May! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ll probably need a reminder, but I‘ll join you for the June book. 2mo
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BrittanyReads I'd love to join in on Cuba!! 2mo
Butterfinger I plan to join for April and June. I have read The Kite Runner and not ready to feel those emotions again. 😭 2mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m in for Kite Runner and maybe Columbia 2mo
Texreader Whoohoo! Just now seeing this. I‘m in!!! 2mo
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Texreader
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I nabbed this ebook from my tbr on sale today. It will work for #foodandlit #Cuba this year. @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

Catsandbooks Awesome! 4mo
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Kdgordon88
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@catiewithac Catie, thank you so much for my #LittleChristmasSwap of goodies! I can‘t wait to read the book. Cuba is one of my favorite places to read about. All the treats look yummy and I love all the little extras you included especially the dragonfly ornament. It‘s beautiful.

Thank you, Amy, for hosting. It is a nice little boost in a gray January. @bookish_wookish

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AshleyKorinE
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So far every book Cleeton has written I have loved and this one was no different! Grace, the newspaper reporter in gilded age New York, Evangelina a Cuban prisoner, and Marina get to tell their stories in this beautiful book set in multiple perspectives. One of my favorite parts of Cleeton's books is how she actually teaches me history of America and Cuban relations and in this one I got some newpaper history too! It was sweet, fun and emotional!

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AlizaApp
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The intertwined stories of three women - two Cuban revolutionaries and one American reporter - at the end of the 19th century. Overall enjoyed, but small quibble about the American (white) girl having the most agency and a bit of a savior complex.

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This book follows the lives of three very different women in the late 1800's as Cuba is attempting to free itself from Spanish rule. Grace, a young American writer looking for the next best story hears of Evangelina Cisneros an 18 year old being falsely imprisoned in Havana. Writers from the newspaper with the help of a local courier Marina break Evangelina out. I loved the factual elements used in the book.

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suvata
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“… against the fiery backdrop of the Spanish-American war (1895-1898) and the Cuban fight for freedom from the Spanish. Using the brave acts of real-life historical women as inspiration, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba shines the light on the fierce women who played a critical role in this important juncture in time -- women who are determined not to be forgotten."
— Marie Benedict, NYTimes bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

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rachelsbrittain
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Another incredible historical fiction novel about Cuba from Chanel Cleeton. The story of a young reporter in NYC covering the Cuban fight for independence against the Spanish is intertwined with a woman forced into a reoconcentration camp working as a courier for the revolutionaries and a woman imprisoned in a notorious prison for the crime of saying no to a Spanish officer. Stunning and intricately woven with both fact and fiction.

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rachelsbrittain
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Honestly who gave her the right to be this cute? Just taking a nap that adorably on my foot while I'm over here trying to read 😅

Tamra True! 10mo
Tera66 Sweet sleepy girl💗 10mo
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Kelly326
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July #bookspin bingo list. Still trying to get through a rather large stack of library books that all came in at the same time. Can‘t wait to see what numbers are pulled for #bookspin and #doublespin!!

GinaKButler Great list! 😍 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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GinaKButler
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I‘ve loved Chanel Cleeton‘s other books...excited for this new release! 🎧
#bookspinbingo

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marleed
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I almost skipped this based on title alone since I often accuse this author of over-describing the beauty of her MCs. But admiring her research of Cuba, I‘m so glad I dove in. It gave me an introduction to the Spanish American War, introduced me to an IRL woman who really was given the title‘s moniker during her few years of massive fame. I googled for more history. It makes me consider Pulitzer and Hearst of the 1890s to the media today.

emmaturi I have the third book out from the library called The Last Train to Key West. I am looking forward to read it 11mo
marleed @emmaturi I really enjoyed that one too - and had no idea about how/why Key West workers were employed. I have to give Chanel a break because I‘ve read all 4 of her books just after publication and it was only book 2 that drove me crazy with her MC being so burdened for being rich, beautiful, and young. Chanel sends me down a fascinating day of goggle searches every time! 11mo
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Kristin_Reads
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4⭐️ || An enjoyable historical fiction novel based on the real life story of the freed Cuban woman Evangelina Cisneros in 1896. The captivating story centers on three women who are working toward Cuba‘s freedom. I like this even more than Next Year in Havana.

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Bookwormjillk Oh no. I‘m about to add 8 more books to my list 🤦‍♀️ 12mo
MsMelissa And there grows my TBR pile 😂 12mo
ShelleyBooksie They all sound so good! 12mo
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angieinwonderland
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Got my pre-order today. Gotta love when you are already hooked 2% in. That's a prologue!

BookingitwithSandra It‘s a great book, right? The prison opening- drew me in deep! 13mo
angieinwonderland Hook, line and sinker. 13mo
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BookingitwithSandra
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Congratulations, @chanelcleeton on the release of your new book, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba!!!

I had no idea what people were going through back in the late 1800s in Cuba! Thank you, Ms Cleeton for writing this book.

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