Review Tour + Giveaway: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

February 6, 2018
Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction


Book Summary:

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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Praise for Next Year in Havana:

Chanel Cleeton's Next Year In Havana is a flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba. The story of sugar heiress Elisa, watching Cuba fall into revolution as Castro rises, is intertwined with the modern-day tale of Elisa's granddaughter Marisol as she returns to Cuba after Castro's death. Both women fall for fire-brand revolutionaries, but Cuba itself emerges as their true love-interest, threatening to break both women's hearts as Elisa and Marisol each grapple in their own way with what it is to be Cuban, what it is to be an exile, and how to love and live in a homeland riven by revolution. Simply wonderful!
- Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
Cleeton has penned an atmospheric, politically insightful, and highly hopeful homage to a lost world. Devour NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and you, too, will smell the perfumed groves, taste the ropa vieja, and feel the sun on your face. Just a wonderful and educational book!
Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
A vivid, transporting novel. Next Year in Havana is about journeys-- into exile, into history, and into questions of home and identity. It's an engrossing read.
David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
An evocative, passionate story of family loyalty and forbidden love that moves seamlessly between the past and present of Cuba’s turbulent history— how one young woman’s sacrifice becomes the key to her granddaughter’s future—how culture and spirit survive against all odds. Next Year in Havana kept me enthralled and savoring every word.
- Shelley NobleNew York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach
In Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton's prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves--of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship--is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate. This is a moving, heartfelt, and gorgeously realized story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of Somewhere in France


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**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

When I read the synopsis of Next Year in Havana, I had no idea this book would affect me as much as it did. It was beautifully written, very educational without it being too much, romantic, heartbreaking, emotional, and also heartwarming and hopeful. This book was so much better than I expected. At times it brought a smile to my face but other times I was teary-eyed and trying not to cry even more. This novel alternates between Elisa Perez's life in Cuba in 1958-1959 and her granddaughter Marisol Ferrera's trip to Cuba in 2017. Both stories were beautiful and I loved seeing the similarities between them. Marisol grew up hearing stories about Cuba and wants to see the country herself. But the current state isn't the same as it was back when Elisa was still living there.

I walk down these streets, and I look out to the sea, and I want to feel as though I belong here, but I'm a visitor here, a guest in my own country.

My heart broke for Elisa and what she had to go through, I was glad to see her develop into such a strong character. The bond between her and Marisol was beautiful, and I was sad to learn that she passed away. While I was reading about Marisol traveling around Cuba, it felt like I was with her seeing the same things. Chanel has a very beautiful way of writing and engaging the reader. I also adored all the side characters, and they played an important role. I really enjoyed learning about what happened in Cuba, I am a huge history lover and always want to learn more. This book definitely has woken a interest about Cuba in me, and I will definitely read more books about the country. The author did a great job in not going too much into detail about what happened to the country, but summarized it in a very fluent and easy to understand manner. I didn't want this book to end, but unfortunately every book has an ending. Some stories you just want it to go on forever, this story was one of them.

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Author Information:

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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