Top Recommendation Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Monday, February 05, 2018


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.


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4,5-5 Beautiful stars 
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"At the end of the day the only thing you have left is what you stand for." 

I'm speechless, such a beautiful and powerful story!I have no words, I'm still processing what I just read!I have read and loved almost all Chanel's books but nothing is like that!This was amazing!Next Year in Havana is an emotional,intense, heartbreaking and heartwarming story!

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Next Year in Havana follows two different timelines. The first timeline tells the story of Elisa in 1958 Havana, Cuba, and the second timeline follows Elisa’s granddaughter, Marisol, as she travels back to Havana to scatter her grandmother’s ashes.I loved both Eliza and Marisol but for some reason I felt more connected with Eliza and her story!Her story was so intense I have so many feelings and I find myself crying at some points.Marisol life was easier but still I love her she was strong heroine! 

The writing is so beautiful and flawless, the story is poignant and the characters amazing!I was fascinated by the history in this one, it makes me want to travel in this place!This is a must read!If you are looking for a brilliant story with history,romance and heartbreaking moments this is perfect for you! 

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