When We Left Cuba

When We Left Cuba

by Chanel Cleeton

Overview: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...

Deanna Boe (07/14/19): Recently I reviewed an outstanding non-fiction book about Cuba, THIS IS CUBA by David Ariosto. Whereas this is a fiction novel about Cuba and is actually Cleeton’s second book about Cuba, the first one was NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA which was very well received. This is about the heiress Beatriz Perez whose family had to flee Cuba when Castro took over. Her family lost their sugar plantation and all that they possessed. Beatriz is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate and learn as much as she can about Castro. Why would she do this? Her desire is to reclaim all that her family lost because of the revolution.

Ironically, this book is mainly about Beatriz’s romance with a Senator and unfortunately very little about the actual historical events that were happening at that time. With that, if you like romance, this is the novel for you; whereas if you would actually like more about the political aspects of that time period and how she was able to serve as a spy, this isn’t the book for you.
Rating: ***

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