Blog Blitz + Review: Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton

When Isabel Perez travels to Barcelona to save her sister Beatriz, she discovers a shocking family secret in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s new novel.

Barcelona, 1964. Exiled from Cuba after the revolution, Isabel Perez has learned to guard her heart and protect her family at all costs. After Isabel’s sister Beatriz disappears in Barcelona, Isabel goes to Spain in search of her. Joining forces with an unlikely ally thrusts Isabel into her sister’s dangerous world of espionage, but it’s an unearthed piece of family history that transforms Isabel’s life.

Barcelona, 1936. Alicia Perez arrives in Barcelona after a difficult voyage from Cuba, her marriage in jeopardy and her young daughter Isabel in tow. Violence brews in Spain, the country on the brink of civil war, the rise of fascism threatening the world. When Cubans journey to Spain to join the International Brigades, Alicia’s past comes back to haunt her as she is unexpectedly reunited with the man who once held her heart.

Alicia and Isabel’s lives intertwine, and the past and present collide, as a mother and daughter are forced to choose between their family’s expectations and following their hearts.

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

Our Last Days in Barcelona was another phenomenal Historical/Women's Fiction novel. I don't even need to know the plot of the book, I just know that Chanel Cleeton will deliver a unique and intriguing story with amazing characters. There are always multiple POVs, which I love because it tells the story from different views and elevates it. Everything is connected and throughout the book, you come up with multiple theories and I love it when an author surprises me when the story unfolds differently from what I predicted. Chanel's storytelling is beautiful and so engaging. I always get so hooked on the multiple storylines and fully connect to the characters. The author just has a way of telling a story that has me intrigued and invested until the very last page.

I couldn't put the book down because I needed to know what would happen next. The amount of romance that the author includes satisfied my romantic heart. All three women whose POVs we follow go through hardships and grow so much in this book. They have to make hard decisions and it was very interesting to see their individual character development. This book is about family and making difficult decisions, and that it is okay to want and go after something for yourself. You are an individual with dreams and you don't have to follow other people's expectations. Our Last Days in Barcelona is one of my favorite reads of the year and I already look forward to the next book Chanel Cleeton will release.

About The Author

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 and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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