Next Year in Havana

Next Year in Havana

by Chanel Cleeton

Overview: 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.

Faith Bowers (07/15/18): I would classify this books as historical fiction/romance. The details about Havana today and in 1958-59 were the serious side of this book. Though it is written about the upper class who favored Batiste and were threatened by Castro limited the perspective of a communist country 90 miles from the US border. The romance depicted the struggles to have personal freedom both in the 50s and today in Havana. I would recommend this book as an educational summer read which was perfect for the holiday week
Rating: ***

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