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When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

I love Chanel Cleeton’s writing. I’ve enjoyed her earlier books but NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA was kind of a departure in tone and style for her and I was so happy that I still loved it. I was dying to know more about Beatriz and her story when I finished HAVANA. I definitely feel that reading the books in order gives a much richer reading experience for these books. They’re still stand alones and can be read as such, but I got so much more out of this book by knowing this world and these characters going. She was so different from her sister Elisa and I knew her life would be vastly different.   WHEN WE LEFT CUBA delivered what I was hoping to get.

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I’m a very heroine-centric reader and WHEN WE LEFT CUBA delivered a heroine I could love in Beatriz. She’s bold, seemingly fearless, and fiercely independent and I was here for that the entire time. Cleeton also does a masterful job of weaving Cuban history throughout in such a way that I felt like I was learning, yet also was in the background of the book. This has to be challenging to attain that exact balance, readers don’t want to see an info dump because frankly that can incredibly boring, but having that kind of history in the text can enrich a book so much. I felt that Cleeton did that here, and did it incredibly well.

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There’s a lot of suspense and political intrigue but also has plenty of familial drama and romance, which I desperately need in my books. Overall, I was really pleased with this and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: When We Left Cuba

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Release Date: April 9, 2019

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Book Review: The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

If you’ve read Alyson Richman’s novels before, you won’t be disappointed with The Velvet Hours. If you’re a first time reader, get ready to add a pile of books to your to-read shelf.

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Book Review: Mr. Darcy’s Journey by Abigail Reynolds

The day a favorite author announces the release date for their latest novel is one of those wonderful bookworm moments–this book is real and is finally coming! Then there are the days, weeks, months of anticipation all leading up to the day that we (not so) patiently await delivery, those of us choosing a digital copy often waiting til the wee hours of the morning for our Kindles (Nooks etc) to update. And then, just when you think you can’t wait any longer–it arrives! Continue reading “Book Review: Mr. Darcy’s Journey by Abigail Reynolds”

Re-Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Sometimes you just need to re-read an old favorite. I’ve been in a book slump starting then abandoning book after book because nothing was grabbing me, finally I just gave up for a few days. Then the other night I decided to try again and while flipping through my Kindle library I stumbled upon A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a book I’ve loved each time I’ve read it. But this time I started to wonder–is each read the same? Continue reading “Re-Read: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn”

Ten Questions with KJ Charles

Today’s 10 Questions installment features KJ Charles. KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat. KJ writes mostly romance, gay and straight, frequently historical, and usually with some fantasy or horror in there. Continue reading “Ten Questions with KJ Charles”

Ten Questions with Kathleen Grissom

Today’s Ten Questions installment features Kathleen Grissom. Kathleen was born and raised in Saskatchewan and is now happily rooted in south-side Virginia, where she and her husband live in the plantation tavern they renovated. She is the author of two historical fiction novels, the New York Times Bestseller, The Kitchen House and the newly released, Glory Over Everything Continue reading “Ten Questions with Kathleen Grissom”

Ten Questions with Indu Sundaresan

Indu Sundaresan is the Internationally Best-Selling author of six novels including The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, and The Mountain of Light. Ms. Sundaresan novels primarily tell the stories of prominent, powerful women from different points in Indian history however it was her short story collection about modern Indians, In the Convent of Little Flowers, that had me crying fat, ugly tears. Continue reading “Ten Questions with Indu Sundaresan”

Ten Questions with Lisa See

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of much loved novels China Dolls, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls among others. Her writing brings to life the bonds of sisterhood, love of family, romantic love, and the love of one’s country in a way that makes her novels impossible to put down. Continue reading “Ten Questions with Lisa See”

Ten Questions with Jenna Blum

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This week’s Ten Questions brings a visit from New York Times and International Best Selling author, Jenna Blum. Ms. Blum is the author of Those Who Save Us, The Storm Chasers, and a story in the Grand Central Anthology. Continue reading “Ten Questions with Jenna Blum”

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