Blog Blitz + Review: The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton

In 1934, a luxury cruise becomes a fight for survival as two women’s pasts collide on a round-trip voyage from New York to Havana in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton's page-turning new novel inspired by the true story of the SS Morro Castle.

New York heiress Catherine Dohan seemingly has it all. There’s only one problem. It’s a lie. As soon as the Morro Castle leaves port, Catherine’s past returns with a vengeance and threatens her life. Joining forces with a charismatic jewel thief, Catherine must discover who wants her dead—and why.

Elena Palacio is a dead woman. Or so everyone thinks. After a devastating betrayal left her penniless and on the run, Elena’s journey on the Morro Castle is her last hope. Steeped in secrecy and a burning desire for revenge, her return to Havana is a chance to right the wrong that has been done to her—and her prey is on the ship.

As danger swirls aboard the Morro Castle and their fates intertwine, Elena and Catherine must risk everything to see justice served once and for all.

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

The Cuban Heiress is a thrilling historical (Women's) fiction novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. The pacing of the book was excellent, and the suspenseful scenes added depth to the story. The two main characters, Elena and Catherine, were captivating heroines with intriguing stories. I particularly enjoyed the element of mystery, which kept me guessing until the end.

The love interests were well-matched with the heroines, although I would have liked to see a bit more romance for one of the heroines. Nonetheless, the romantic scenes were well-done and satisfying. There was a brief slow-paced section towards the end that did not hold my interest as much, but overall, the story and characters were engaging.

Chanel Cleeton is a talented writer, and I appreciate her ability to craft an entertaining and compelling story. The writing was easy to read, and I found myself finishing the book in no time. I eagerly look forward to Cleeton's future works.

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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