Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Next Year in Havana

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.....

Details Next Year in Havana

TitleNext Year in Havana
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews Next Year in Havana

  • Angela M
    I always enjoy knowing an author’s inspiration for a story. In the acknowledgments, which introduce the book, Chanel Cleeeton call this “the book of my heart” and thanks her family for sharing their stories. It wasn’t until I heard her in an interview relating a story that her father told her about how people would put their valuables in boxes and bury the box before they left Cuba, that I knew the specific thing. This seemed to reflect a...
  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    *****FOUR STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}In one step, I know power, the drugging effect of it coursing through my veins. With one step I am removed from the fringes and thrust in the middle of my life. In that space of the step, my world shifts. Everything is different now, and nothing will ever be the same again.NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA is beautifully written and at times excessive in the detailed description of the surroundings and lan...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 There are so many fantastic elements to this novel. The book opens with the Perez family fleeing Cuba after the revolution. This is the first thread of the story. The second is Elise Perez's granddaughter Marisol, traveling to Cuba, sixty years later to scatter her ashes in the country she had loved. The history of Cuba, Batista, Che and Castro are told in bold, detailed fashion using the Perez family to add a human element and interest to th...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    4.5 stars! “Am I dangerous?”“I have a feeling you just might be.” I made a resolution to myself last year that I would make more of an effort to read new to me authors when selecting future books. Chanel Cleeton is a new to me author, and when I saw the cover and title of this book I knew I needed to get my hands on it. And man oh man am I so glad I did because I loved this story.Next Year in Havana is told in present day by Marisol, a...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Every once in a while I start a book and from page one I am completely enamored with the every aspect of the book - the plot, the characters, the setting, and the relationships. Next Year in Havana is this type of book; as I read, I was constantly ruminating about how fabulous the book was. I love that feeling, and to me, it is the sign of an exceptionally good book. Next Year in Havana is told in a dual timeline format, alternating between the l...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    4.5 Stars!!A very good read.
  • Lori
    I have mixed feelings on this one. I loved parts & I disliked others. I loved Elise’s story... the struggles she faced in a changing Cuba were heartbreaking. I had a vague knowledge of Cuba’s tumultuous past & present, so I really found that part very interesting. At the same time, I enjoyed learning more about Cuba’s struggles it felt over done in Marisol’s story. The sentiments became very repetitive which made me lose interest & start ...
  • Bkwmlee
    4.5 starsI was enamored with this book from the very first page and found it very difficult to put down after I started reading it! I will admit that I was reluctant to read this one at first, as I don’t typically read romance novels and being that most of this author’s previous works were contemporary romances, I was worried that this would be along the same lines -- however I decided to give this one a try, as I was drawn in by the historic...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    LIVE AMAZON,5-5 Beautiful stars "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!Next Year in Havana follows two differe...
  •  Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
    “Next Year in Havana” is one of those historical fiction stories that will immediately take you back in time to experience EVERYTHING all over again. Pain, loss, fear, anguish, and joy for the unknown is what will keep you wanting to know more. Told from dual pov’s between 1958 and 2017 from two family members, this was the story of one family’s turmoil and heartbreak and how they survived life after being exiled from Cuba. Now that deca...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Next year in Havana is one of those books that I took one look at and just knew that I wanted to read. The cover is breathtakingly beautiful and the blurb promised the reader an unforgettable story. I was very interested in Che Guevara in my early twenties, and I still find him to be a fascinating person. And the history of Cuba is also very interesting so guess my delight to get the chance of reading a historical fiction book set in Cuba.Next ye...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    The Perez girls were the talk of the town for many reasons.The day they had to leave Cuba was not pleasant but a necessary event.We meet the girls when their family was prosperous and in power, and then we move to when the granddaughter of Elisa Perez, Marisol, comes back to Havana as a grown woman and a journalist to find a place to spread her grandmother’s ashes in her beloved Cuba.What her granddaughter finds is a box that her grandmother ha...
  • Carlene Inspired
    Oh my, it is impossible to give this book the proper review it deserves. I can't summarize it in a way that shows you just how wonderful this book was to read, you just have to read it yourself. Next Year in Havana is a beautiful, heart wrenching tale that brings Cuba and its inhabitants, and exiles, to life. It's one of the best Historical Fictions I have read in a very long time, with incredible, descriptive writing and a story that pulled so m...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.This was such a lovely story! I have to admit that the beautiful cover of this book is what first caught my attention. Once I took a closer look, I decided to give it a try since the story sounded really interesting. The book ended up being more than interesting. I was swept away by the story and felt Cuba come alive within the pages. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a tr...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Marisol Ferrara was raised by her late grandmother, Elisa, who immigrated from Cuba in the 1950’s. Her grandmother’s dying wish was to have her ashes scattered in her native Havana. Marisol works as a freelance journalist in Miami and will use this opportunity to write a piece on tourism in Cuba. She embarks on this journey with the goal of finding a location with symbolic importance to her grandmother. Marisol arrives in Cuba and sets out to...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Elisa Perez and her sisters enjoyed a privileged life in Cuba. Their father was in the sugar business which afforded them more liberties than most Cuban citizens. As the revolution against Batista (who at least outwardly, was supported by Elisa's father) grew, the political climate changed drastically. For the Perez clan that meant more than losing their comfortable life, it could cost them their life. In a act of self preservation, the Perez fam...
  • Hollis
    There's a violence to our history that gets lost somewhere in the telling, buried beneath beautiful scenery, the deceptively blue sea and sky, the palm trees swaying placidly in the breeze. It's the sound of firing squads that echo in the wind.As a fan of Cleeton's light, yet angsty, funny and sexy air force series, I was looking forward to -- and greatly curious as to -- how she would tackle a heavier more historical family saga which was nothin...
  • Zoe
    Atmospheric, absorbing, and incredibly heartfelt!Next Year in Havana is a riveting tale that sweeps you into a country ravished by rebellion, oppression, economic instability, and political upheaval, and a populace that's confused, disappointed, angry and struggling with self-identity, patriotism, and a lack of freedom and rights.The story is set in Cuba during both the late 1950s, as well as present day and is full of mystique, familial drama, h...
  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: Family, love, friendship, loyalty, memories.I am going to try to keep this spoiler free, so it will be brief. But go buy this book.Next Year in Havana is the loveliest blend of past and present. It is written beautifully, rich with imagery. The little details really make the settings come to life, whether it's Cuba during the revolution or in the present day. I loved how the story was split, how secrets were revealed.I loved the explorat...
  • Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
    "I've fallen in love with a revolutionary." or two...Two couples.Two different times.One revolution.ALL THE FUCKING FEELINGS!!!Every now and again a book completely takes you by surprise. Next Year in Havana is one of those books. I have read and loved some of Chanel's books, but none of them has made me feel the way this book did. One moment I was on my couch reading, and the next one I was in Havana eating, breathing, and living this story. Th...
  • Eliza
    ★4.5 STARS★Although born in America, Cuba has always been at the heart of Marisol Ferrera’s upbringing. Regaled with tales of its complex and rich history, her grandmother has always instilled a sense of pride in her. It’s through the loss of her Grandmother that Marisol embarks on her first visit to Cuba. Professionally she is there to write a tourism piece, but most profoundly she is there to fulfil her grandmother’s wishes of having ...
  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    What incredible imagery this author created. I was just a few chapters in and already had the urge to google Havana, Cuba trying to find the homes being described in 1958. This was a very unique book for me. Full of Cuban politics and flashing back and forth in time between two couples. One in 1958 and one in present time. Elisa and Pablo. Marisol and Luis. Grandmother and granddaughter. Their lives so different but so similar when they meet the ...
  • Sophia
    Already familiar with this author's work in her contemporary military romance trilogy, I was intrigued by this latest project with its blend of historical fiction, women's fiction, and star-crossed romance. With a setting like modern Cuba and the Cuba of the late fifties, I was well aware this would be a bittersweet story to savor.Next Year in Havana tells the tale of Elisa Perez in the waning years of 1950's Cuba and of her granddaughter, Mariso...
  • Janelle
    NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA by Chanel Cleeton - Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own.There are many reasons why I love this book but one very important one is Cuba. I have a dream to travel to many countries and I love when authors take you to a place you’ve never been. Cleeton's vivid descriptions of the scenery and culture of Cuba are breathtaking. Also, I should mention the intense connection C...
  • Dorie
    This is one of the best books in the historical fiction genre that I have read this year. The story is a good one and very pertinent to our times since the US relationship with Cuba is still slowly changing under the new regime. As the book will tell us, however, the average Cuban lives in less than adequate housing with little money and/or access to enough food, clothing and the necessities of life. Those who rebel against the government are sti...
  • Jen
    I’m having trouble putting words to my thoughts right now, and the tears streaming down my face don’t help, but that was fantastic. Not at all what I was expecting when I started, yet everything I wanted to read. And then some. If I had to describe this in one word it would be “Unputdownable”. Elisa and Marisol’s timelines weave together a seamless glimpse into the past—a history we don’t get in our American textbooks—with present...
  • Lia Riley
    My heart! This book was everything I wanted-historical fiction at its finest. A gorgeous story of upheaval, family, loss and love. Expanded review to come.
  • Amy Bruno
    Absolute page-turner! Full review to follow...