Next Year in Havana - Chanel Cleeton

Next Year in Havana

By Chanel Cleeton

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 132 Ratings

Description

THE JULY PICK FOR REESE WITHERSPOON'S HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB

"A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice."--Reese Witherspoon

After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...


Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest--until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

Reviews

  • Saderdrtd

    5
    By ztxdrdftt
    Thank yโ€™all z๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ›๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿ›tressed the
  • Boring

    2
    By Dingle Fringle
    Too much history to enjoy the story. I couldnโ€™t finish it. I was disappointed after reading the reviews raving about it. It just was too heavy.
  • Next Year Havana

    5
    By Anne Carson Brady
    In one week we travel to Cuba for the first time. My parents were set to vacation there 60 years ago, when plans had to change for political reasons. How fortunate I discovered Next Year Havana before my journey. I now feel a deeper measure of the pain and the passion as well as the beauty and heart that awaits! A magnificent book that magnifies the priceless treasure of freedom! Anne Carr
  • A Wonderful Read!

    5
    By AllAm67
    Full of Cubaโ€™s history told through the voices of different generations. I found myself Googling facts and locations. I want to follow the families stories in a future book!
  • Next Year in Havana

    5
    By Happysheller
    Such a profoundly moving account of Cuba, then and now, of the love and hate, the faith and hope, the broken promises and broken hearts of all who lived and loved there. An open window into a place most of us can never go.
  • Captivating and genius writing

    5
    By sparklesreads
    This book is beautifully written. It is a tale of love, passion and uncertainties that lay ahead for the main characters. I was engaged from the beginning and the author makes beautiful transitions from past to present.
  • Next Year in Havana

    5
    By Leon Bella
    Totally enjoyable read with drama, mystery and romance. A must for anyone ha boring romantic notions about Cuba.
  • wasnโ€™t for me.

    2
    By kathrynpaige
    I tried so hard to get into this book and in the end, i didnโ€™t even finish it. It was all most too much of Cubaโ€™s history and took away from the love story.
  • -&aAq

    5
    By 21 Jaybird
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  • Beautifully written!

    4
    By ~Mindy Lou~
    What incredible imagery this author created. I was just a few chapters in and already had the urge to google Havana, Cuba trying to find the homes being described in 1958. This was a very unique book for me. Full of Cuban politics and flashing back and forth in time between two couples. One in 1958 and one in present time. Elisa and Pablo. Marisol and Luis. Grandmother and granddaughter. Their lives so different but so similar when they meet the love of their life. I can't get over how the author was able to bring both their stories to life in the way that she did. The struggles in Cuba that just seems so helpless in both times. The type of men they both fell in love with and their struggle with doing right by their country over personal wants. This book was more than a romance book. It was also a history lesson, a cultural lesson through the eyes of two very strong women and their men. Don't judge me but I'm not a fan of politics or history so the fact that the author had me mesmerized is no small feat. This book did not end on a cliffhanger but I also felt it wasn't over. I'm hoping this means she plans to write more. ARC provided by NetGalley.