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06 February 2018

Blog Tour: Review: Last Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

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.

Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration | NetGalley

5 Words: Family, love, friendship, loyalty, memories.

I am going to try to keep this spoiler free, so it will be brief. But go buy this book.

Next Year in Havana is the loveliest blend of past and present. It is written beautifully, rich with imagery. The little details really make the settings come to life, whether it's Cuba during the revolution or in the present day. I loved how the story was split, how secrets were revealed.

I loved the exploration of family and friendship and loyalty. The intense politics surrounding everything made everything instantly more dramatic (in the best way). There's a touch of the forbidden to the romances that makes them all the more enticing.

There was something about this book that seemed to heighten my emotions. I felt more when I read it, I felt deeper and more profoundly. I think it's a combination of the writing, the setting and the characters, all coming together.

Honestly, this book is amazing. It was absolutely wonderful. There are glowing reviews everywhere and it deserves them.


  1. Lovely review and the book seems really interesting!

    Shirley |

  2. What a fantastic review! I’ve never read a book set in Cuba before! So glad you loved this one! ❤️

  3. I've never read anything about Cuba before (Marisol always reminds me of the Fistful of Dollars film with Clint Eastwood, haha!). This sounds really interesting though, I love books that are set in the present day and also in the past. Great review, thank you for sharing!

    Lisa |


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