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...
  • Jen
    I’m a sucker for Cuba. It’s a destination of choice for a number of reasons including its history, its traditions, the people and of course, its coffee.This story takes us through 2 story lines: 1959 and decades later to 2017. With 2 love stories.After Marisol’s grandmother passes, she has been left the daunting task of scattering her ashes over her home country, Cuba. We read her story through love letters left behind.We are taken through ...
  • Julie
    Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton is a 2018 Penguin/Berkley publication. Cuba- 1958Elisa Perez, a sugar heiress, falls in love with a revolutionary. But, their lives are so far removed from one another the relationship is one that seems doomed from the start. Sure enough, she and Pablo are separated, and Elisa’s family fled to America, never to return to their beloved Cuba. Fast forward to 2017-“When I was younger, I begged my grandmother...
  • 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...
  • Christy
    I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I loved this book. Chanel Cleeton is a new to me author, and I'm so happy I took a chance on this book. It is beautifully written, and I feel like I learned so much while reading it. This story goes back in forth between two characters and two times. Some chapters are in the present, from our heroine Marisol's pov. The others are from the past, 1958 to be exact. They are from Marisol's late Grandmoth...
  • Katie B
    This book has been on my radar for awhile and I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to read it. I don't normally comment on book covers, but this one is absolutely stunning and whoever designed it deserves some praise. The story that unfolded between the front and back covers was really some compelling historical fiction.So I'll admit I did not know much about the Cuban Revolution prior to reading this book. One reason I love historica...
  • 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...
  • Liz
    4.5 stars, rounded up.As a voracious reader and reviewer, I’m in favor of anything that promotes books and creates more interest in them. So, I view the proliferation of celebrity book clubs as a good thing. This is Reese Witherspoon’s July BOMC selection. And it’s a very worthy one. The book starts with the Perez family leaving Cuba after the success of the revolution. It quickly switches to Marisol Ferrera returning to Cuba 58 years later...
  • 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 ...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    4.5 Stars!!A very good read.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  •  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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ♆Hayley
    4.5 S T A R SIf I close my eyes, I can almost see it; if I look straight ahead, my gaze fixed on the point beyond the horizon, I imagine I do. There’s a girl in a white dress, strolling along the Malecón, a white silk rose clutched in her hand, her dark hair blowing in the breeze. And there’s a boy......He will kiss her and everything will change.This book broke my heart. I am deeply in love with it. Every time I think about it or try to tal...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...