When We Left Cuba

When We Left Cuba

Chanel Cleeton / Aug 24, 2019

When We Left Cuba In s Florida a young Cuban exile will risk her life and heart to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana a Reese Witherspoon Boo

  • Title: When We Left Cuba
  • Author: Chanel Cleeton
  • ISBN: 045149086X
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life and heart to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Beautiful Daring Deadly The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez her family, her people, her country Recruited by the CIA to infiltrat In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life and heart to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Beautiful Daring Deadly The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez her family, her people, her country Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own When the ever changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 368 pages Expected publication April 9th 2019 by Berkley Books More Details ISBN 045149086X ISBN13 9780451490865 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton Author Release date Apr 09, 2019 In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life and heart to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life and heart to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages A thrilling, thought provoking read Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network A gorgeously atmospheric homage to a country and a past that vibrates with emotion on every page Historic events, espionage, and a Kennedy esque romance make this novel a rich read, but the addition of a formidable heroine truly makes it unputdownable This is not just historical fiction, but also an unrequited love story for a country and a way of life, as well as a journey of self discovery for a woman torn between love and the two countries she calls home Karen White, New York Times bestselling author Cleeton once again delivers a masterful tale of political intrigue tinged with personal heartbreak Her ferocity and fearlessness can be found on every page, and Beatriz s story one of vengeance, betrayal, and bravery astonishes and thrills Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Masterpiece Atmospheric and evocative, When We Left Cuba captivates with its compelling portrayals of the glamorous Cuban exile community and powerful forbidden love set against the dangerous intrigue of the Cold War Laura Kamoie, NYT bestselling coauthor of My Dear Hamilton Enter Giveaway Format Print book

    Giveaway ends in a 0 if false time_left days_left else time_left days_left days and if false time_left Math.floor hours_left%24 10 time_left Math.floor hours_left%24 %10 else time_left Math.floor hours_left%24 time_left Math.floor minutes_left%60 10 time_left Math.floor minutes_left%10 time_left Math.floor secs_left%60 10 time_left Math.floor secs_left%10 documenttElementById timer_289041nerHTML time_left timer_289041_updateTimer var timer_289041_updater setInterval timer_289041_updateTimer, 100

    Availability 25 copies available, 2752 people requesting

    Giveaway dates Feb 01 Feb 15, 2019

    Countries available U.S

    View details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about When We Left Cuba, please sign up Popular Answered Questions I cannot wait to read this Does anyone know how to get an ARC of this book 2 likeslike 7 months ago See all 4 answers Jessaka Net Galley is offering it now flag See 1 question about When We Left Cuba Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2019 474 books 1,784 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 11, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves direct from publisher 4.75 Intriguing and Suspenseful Stars Beatriz Perez wants nothing than to return to Cuba Having been exiled to Florida after the Cuban Revolution is not what she had in mind She has no interest in being a debutante like her sisters, nor does she have any interest in marriage For Beatriz, the loss of her twin brother Alejandro, is excruciating thus all she wants is revenge When the CIA recruits her as a spy, she jumps at the chance hoping that she can make Castro pay What Beatriz doesn 4.75 Intriguing and Suspenseful Stars Beatriz Perez wants nothing than to return to Cuba Having been exiled to Florida after the Cuban Revolution is not what she had in mind She has no interest in being a debutante like her sisters, nor does she have any interest in marriage For Beatriz, the loss of her twin brother Alejandro, is excruciating thus all she wants is revenge When the CIA recruits her as a spy, she jumps at the chance hoping that she can make Castro pay What Beatriz doesn t count on, is meeting Nick, who captures every fiber of her being, and whose life is the exact opposite of hers How will Beatriz s need for revenge coincide with her need for a man she can t get enough of When We Left Cuba captured my attention from the very first Beatriz is both brilliant and hilarious, as well as bold and fearless She will do whatever it takes to get what she wants I liked her immediately and got wrapped up in this spy game, as well as the story of family, love, intrigue and vengeance While I loved the character of Beatriz, I adored the character of Eduardo as well and would love to find out about him one of these days hint hint When We Left Cuba is the second book in the Perez family series by Chanel Cleeton, with Next Year in Havana being the first While I liked Next Year in Havana I absolutely LOVE Beatriz Perez s story I found her to be compelling, funny, intelligent and sassy Perhaps it is her independence or her ability to face danger so willingly, whatever it is about her, it grabbed me Here, Chanel Cleeton does an incredible job intertwining Cuban History with American History all the while creating a suspenseful, romantic read I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction and those who love reading a good espionage story Kudos also to Ms Cleeton for the gorgeous cover What a way to draw readers in.A huge thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and to Chanel Cleeton for a galley of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on on 12.11.18.Will be published on and Twitter on release date.Excerpt to be published on Instagram flag 116 likesLike see review View all 67 comments Susanne Strong Lucy wrote A brilliant and fantastic review Susanne I m just reading next year in Havana and am enjoying it so much I can not wait to get my h Lucy wrote A brilliant and fantastic review Susanne I m just reading next year in Havana and am enjoying it so much I can not wait to get my hands on this one Beatriz is such an interesting character So glad you are loving Next Year in Havana Lucy It is really great right And yes, Beatriz is fascinating Jan 26, 2019 02 42PM Maureen Wonderful review, Susanne Jan 26, 2019 06 24PM Nov 29, 2018 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves arc, cuba, first to read, 1960s, fiction, historical fiction, read in 2018 If you enjoyed the historical fiction novel, Next Year in Havana, you ll want to check this one out as it features Beatriz Perez I m so glad the author decided to write a book about her because she s a fascinating character Really liked this one as it had a little bit of everything including romance, espionage, and family drama While this book could be read as standalone novel, I highly recommend checking out the previous book so you can get a better understanding of not just Beatriz but also If you enjoyed the historical fiction novel, Next Year in Havana, you ll want to check this one out as it features Beatriz Perez I m so glad the author decided to write a book about her because she s a fascinating character Really liked this one as it had a little bit of everything including romance, espionage, and family drama While this book could be read as standalone novel, I highly recommend checking out the previous book so you can get a better understanding of not just Beatriz but also her family and everything that took place in Cuba.It s the 1960s and Beatriz and the Perez family are living in Florida after the Cuban Revolution forced them to leave everything behind in Cuba Beatriz has a lot of anger towards the man responsible for all of the turmoil in her home country, Fidel Castro, and so she agrees to work as a spy for the CIA and infiltrate Castro s inner circle She soon gets quite an education on the dirty side of politics for both countries and also manages to get caught up in a forbidden love affair It s fair to say she will be forced to make a lot of tough choices, some with lasting consequences I was slightly worried before reading this that it was going to read too much like a spy novel, which isn t really my thing However, while Beatriz working for the CIA is definitely part of the story, there are other facets of her life that are explored as well Overall there really was a nice balance to the story I was drawn the most to Beatriz and her love life but I also enjoyed learning some of the historical facts regarding what was going on between Cuba and the United States during this time It was also nice to revisit characters from the previous book Definitely an enjoyable read and I would love to see the author continue on with featuring Perez family members in future books Thank you to First to Read for the free advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion flag 51 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Nov 24, 2018 Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it When We Left Cuba is a solid follow up to Cleeton s last novel, Next Year in Havana This book focuses on Beatriz Perez and her desire for revenge against Fidel Castro and his cronies who forced her family to leave Cuba There is a greater focus on Beatriz s love life and politics in this novel and less on Cuba and its culture and history My favorite part of Next Year in Havana was absorbing details regarding the food and environs of Cuba and the history that led to Batiste s downfall However When We Left Cuba is a solid follow up to Cleeton s last novel, Next Year in Havana This book focuses on Beatriz Perez and her desire for revenge against Fidel Castro and his cronies who forced her family to leave Cuba There is a greater focus on Beatriz s love life and politics in this novel and less on Cuba and its culture and history My favorite part of Next Year in Havana was absorbing details regarding the food and environs of Cuba and the history that led to Batiste s downfall However in this book, I did enjoy learning about the United States involvement in trying to topple Castro Cleeton continues to bring the Perez family to life and to focus on Cuba and the role other countries have played in its development I look forward to her next book flag 28 likesLike see review Aug 23, 2018 Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing Chanel Cleeton follows the spectacular success of NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA with the sure to soar WHEN WE LEFT CUBA, continuing the saga of the exiled Perez sisters Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages, burning to avenge her losses, aid her homeland, and carve out a independent role for herself than the conventional marriage and motherhood expected by her family A charismatic American senator offers Beatriz the chance of love in a new home, but a shadowy CIA spy holds out t Chanel Cleeton follows the spectacular success of NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA with the sure to soar WHEN WE LEFT CUBA, continuing the saga of the exiled Perez sisters Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages, burning to avenge her losses, aid her homeland, and carve out a independent role for herself than the conventional marriage and motherhood expected by her family A charismatic American senator offers Beatriz the chance of love in a new home, but a shadowy CIA spy holds out the possibility of molding Cuba s future, and Beatriz s choice will resound through the ages A thrilling, thought provoking read flag 35 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Kate Quinn Donna wrote Does it matter if you read this book before NYIH No, either order will work Oct 11, 2018 02 54PM Susan Braun Intriguing I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book via Bookbrowse First Impressions and it brought back many memories For those of us who Intriguing I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book via Bookbrowse First Impressions and it brought back many memories For those of us who lived through the 60s and the cold war and for those of you who have studied the history of the 60s, add this to your list A very vivid portrait of those times seen through the eyes of a Cuban heroine Jan 31, 2019 02 28PM Nov 07, 2018 FMABookReviews rated it it was amazing Shelves 5 it fed my addiction stars, best of jan 2019, historical fiction, waiting for , ultimate bbf, that first kiss tho, omg my heart, arc Why does everyone assume I want marriage That if I m not someone s wife, I m not worth anything It s not about marriage You shouldn t be anyone s second choice Don t you want to be someone s first choice I don t want to be anyone s choice I want them to be mine WHEN WE LEFT CUBA was a dazzling portrayal of a strong willed and self assured Cuban refugee whose self appointed mission to make Fidel Castro pay for the destruction of her country and family became her sustenance It was Why does everyone assume I want marriage That if I m not someone s wife, I m not worth anything It s not about marriage You shouldn t be anyone s second choice Don t you want to be someone s first choice I don t want to be anyone s choice I want them to be mine WHEN WE LEFT CUBA was a dazzling portrayal of a strong willed and self assured Cuban refugee whose self appointed mission to make Fidel Castro pay for the destruction of her country and family became her sustenance It was her passion for love and revenge that helped her survive each day she was away from her homeland, and it was that drive that simultaneously allowed her to be true to herself and consequently, pushed away the ones she loved.Beatriz Perez was a heroine in the days when being a formidable woman was not in vogue Women from this era were encouraged to be demure so they could attract a husband But Beatriz would not be overlooked She would not shy away and hide her desires She would fight for what she believed even if that meant giving up a future with the only man she ever loved.Nicholas Randolph Preston III was a rising star on the political scene He was a sitting US Senator whose political aspirations would one day have him running for the Presidency He had everything he could ever want except the one thing he could never have, Beatriz Perez it was her passion to bring about justice in Cuba that could be his political undoing He struggled with his need to have her in his life and his sense of duty to his country The two were mutually exclusive, to have one, meant to give up the other Together, they shared secrets, laughter, and each others bed But being together was never easy Nicholas and Beatriz had to hide their love for one another, which meant secret rendezvous and stolen moments Ultimately, there was too much between them There were too many battles, too many wars to fight, and too many wrongs to right Perhaps had they met at a different time It seems remarkably stupid to give my heart to a man who can never be mine Cleeton is immensely talented She brilliantly brought her characters to life Beatriz was strong and full of passion Her sense of duty was thought provoking, and her sense of self was admirable Cleeton could have easily allowed a man to derail Beatriz or have a man fix her problems But Cleeton stayed true to Beatriz s character, making her story all the powerful Nicholas s character was equally well crafted and admirable He was a dichotomy Nicholas was a very powerful man, yet he could not and would not try to bring Beatriz to heal Their love story was heart wrenching, it was beautiful, it was timeless I love you I will never love anyone as much as I love you I have no doubt WHEN WE LEFT CUBA will be at top of my Favorites for 2019 An epic, unforgettable love story, WHEN WE LEFT CUBA, was a spell binding, character driven novel filled with intrigue, heartache and romance It is an absolute must read I was provided a review copy by Berkley this did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review flag 11 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Rachel Reads Ravenously Wonderful review Angela Can t wait to read it Jan 27, 2019 04 40PM FMABookReviews Thank you, Rachel I pray you love it, too Jan 27, 2019 04 46PM Dec 23, 2018 Betul rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, arc, netgalley, historical fiction, romance, reviewed, 5 star favorites, 2018 favs ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review How differently would my life have turned out if I d been born in this country, if I hadn t come into a fractured and divided island caught in never ending turmoil When We Left Cuba was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 After falling in love with Chanel Cleeton s beautiful and touching words and sentences in Next Year in Havana, I couldn t wait to see what else she had in store for us Beatriz, the main character of this boo ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review How differently would my life have turned out if I d been born in this country, if I hadn t come into a fractured and divided island caught in never ending turmoil When We Left Cuba was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 After falling in love with Chanel Cleeton s beautiful and touching words and sentences in Next Year in Havana, I couldn t wait to see what else she had in store for us Beatriz, the main character of this book, is introduced in Next Year in Havana and I just knew her story would be adventurous and mysterious So I was pretty excited when the author announced that she was writing her book I was hooked from start til finish, and I read this book in two sittings I just couldn t put it down The ability of this author to tell a story is just magical, I was Beatriz while I was reading this book, and I was feeling everything she was I understood why she did certain things, and couldn t let it go She isn t your typical heroine, and I loved that she stayed true to herself until the end Love ebbs and flows, a low level hum in the background, but anger sinks its claws in you and refuses to let go Like with Next Year in Havana, the history and politics regarding Cuba was told perfectly It was so interesting and engaging, and it piqued my interest even I mostly read romance books, and even though the romance in this book is a bit in the background, it still plays an important role in my opinion The balance between the espionage and romance scenes was really good I can t believe I am saying this, but I wanted a bit espionage scenes I was totally hooked on them, and it is definitely a genre I need to read The main characters were amazing and thankfully not perfect, they had their flaws and they were very realistic This book wasn t predictable and I really loved that It was suspenseful, mysterious, romantic, and heartbreaking at times I absolutely loved this book, and I hope Chanel Cleeton will continue to write Historical Fiction set in Cuba or any other country flag 9 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Renee Rosen rated it it was amazing Loved it Review coming soon flag 8 likesLike see review Apr 25, 2018 Camille Maio rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction This is a sensational follow up to Cleeton s previous book, Next Year in Havana Full of romance an intrigue, it follows a well written female character as she navigates love and loyalty to family and country Put this one on your TBR list immediately flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 27, 2018 Mlpmom Book Reviewer added it Shelves arc book read, kindle books I loved this even than the first Full review to come closer to release date flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 D sir rated it liked it Shelves contemporary romance, cheaters stand up, arc, indifferent shrugs, historical, skimmed through, spooks spies n such, netgalley When we left Cuba isn t quite a sequel to Chanel Cleeton s much loved Next Year in Havana , the latter of which I do consider one of my best reads of the year Still, it s a book that stands on its own feet even if it s less sweeping than its predecessor Still, When we left Cuba is a compellingly written story of the oldest Perez sister who struts her way through the pages, armed with the thirst for revenge as she somehow moseys her way into the clutches of the CIA while tangling with a se When we left Cuba isn t quite a sequel to Chanel Cleeton s much loved Next Year in Havana , the latter of which I do consider one of my best reads of the year Still, it s a book that stands on its own feet even if it s less sweeping than its predecessor Still, When we left Cuba is a compellingly written story of the oldest Perez sister who struts her way through the pages, armed with the thirst for revenge as she somehow moseys her way into the clutches of the CIA while tangling with a senator whose a player in politics and in every sense of the word.Within the fodder material of the fabled and many attempts of the CIA to assassinate Fidel Castro is where Cleeton posits Beatriz Perez after her escape from Cuba, navigating the thorny issues of policy and politics of the time Bold, hot headed and reckless, Beatriz carves a path for herself that s as treacherous as you d expect, resulting in having her loyalties sorely tested as her decisions change the course of her life Cleeton writes in favour of long, descriptive passages of place and emotion the pace is slower as a result, the plot a little convoluted The romance isn t quite the focus here rather, Beatriz herself is the star of the show, front and centre Her long, longstanding affair with a powerful senator is carried out amidst society s expectations and the uncertain political climate, a subplot that runs alongside her involvement with the CIA I ll admit though, that it is harder to be singularly or emotionally invested in Beatriz completely as I was in Cleeton s first book about Elisa and her granddaughter Undoubtedly, Beatriz is a colourful character who stands out sharply sometimes too painfully sharply like a woman cut from a different cloth not just by means of her birth but also her life experiences, but ultimately, she s still a protagonist whose story I read about from a distance as she made her own small stamp on history, for better or worse.Cleeton s impactful writing carries it all here, despite the odd hollowness I felt about Beatriz by the end It s what took me through the politics, the lies, the dirty games and the passing of time within the pages after all and it s what keeps me coming back ARC by the publisher via Netgalley flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2018 Ari marked it as to read OMFG BEATRIZ IS GETTING A BOOK Beatriz really gonna try and get her revenge and I m hyped af flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 LadyJBookishNook rated it it was amazing Shelves bookbrowse, read 2019 I am so glad I chose to review When We Left Cuba This is my first read by author Chanel Cleeton, a USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana This is the second book to the series but is able to be read as a stand alone The protagonist is Beatriz Perez, a young Cuban exile who is now in Florida after losing her family, her people, and her country to the Cuban Revolution Beatriz is set on revenge and ends up being recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro s inner circle.There a I am so glad I chose to review When We Left Cuba This is my first read by author Chanel Cleeton, a USA Today bestselling author of Next Year in Havana This is the second book to the series but is able to be read as a stand alone The protagonist is Beatriz Perez, a young Cuban exile who is now in Florida after losing her family, her people, and her country to the Cuban Revolution Beatriz is set on revenge and ends up being recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro s inner circle.There are so many things I loved about this book First the cover art was amazing The protagonist was well written Beatriz is a strong and fearless character The author obviously did her research to make the time period of 1960 s Florida so realistic to the reader I like reading historical fiction where I can learn about different places and times, so reading about the Cuban Revolution was enjoyable to me.The author s writing style kept me interested throughout and I especially loved the ending Overall this book was excellentan enjoyable suspenseful read mixed with a little romance and espionage I highly recommend this to those who enjoy historical fiction and I can t wait to go back and read the first book in the series as well as any future installments Thanks to BookBrowse, Berkley, and Chanel Cleeton for providing me with a print copy of this book to review flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 28, 2018 Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction This follow up novel about the Perez family from Next Year in Havana is Beatriz s story The main character is so well written that all of her actions fit in with her personality The setting in Miami is beautiful and the plot of the novel is very intriguing.The Perez family was forced out of Cuba when Fidel Castro took over the island This novel starts several years after their expulsion from their home and Beatrix is still longing to return to her life and home in Cuba Her yearning is so str This follow up novel about the Perez family from Next Year in Havana is Beatriz s story The main character is so well written that all of her actions fit in with her personality The setting in Miami is beautiful and the plot of the novel is very intriguing.The Perez family was forced out of Cuba when Fidel Castro took over the island This novel starts several years after their expulsion from their home and Beatrix is still longing to return to her life and home in Cuba Her yearning is so strong that she makes some dangerous decisions trying to do hr part to get Castro out of power and gets involved with the CIA After that her life is filled with danger and her quest for revenge and desire to reclaim the life she lost She believes that Castro killed her twin brother and she wants revenge for this death During the same time period, Beatrix meets a man who consumes her dreams and who is engaged and totally out of her league in society.As the Cold War continues, Beatrix must make a decision between her quest for revenge and her desire to spend her life with the man she loves.This was a wonderful intriguing story and the author did very detailed research of this time period to make it even realistic The character of Beatrix is fantastically written with her desires for revenge and love at odds with each other Note This can be read as a stand alone with no confusion but the first book is so good that you really don t want to miss it.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 14, 2018 Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves first to read, around the world, favorites 2018, historical I loved Beatriz s story I enjoyed that this book was entirely from her perspective and that it was mostly set in the past I loved Next Year in Havana, but I think I enjoyed this even I definitely recommend giving it a read when it s released in spring 2019 I received an ARC of this book from Penguin First to Read flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 TeriLyn rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, 2019 favorites, heroines i love, re reads When We Left Cuba generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 5 Do I really even stand a chance StarsAnother beautifully poignant historical romance When We Left Cuba, although in the same realm as it s predecessor Next Year in Havana, comes as something freshly unique and wholly different from the stories of the Perez girls Beatriz Perez is an enigma Her life is what she makes it in a time of exile when she s supposed to fall in line with the tr When We Left Cuba generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 5 Do I really even stand a chance StarsAnother beautifully poignant historical romance When We Left Cuba, although in the same realm as it s predecessor Next Year in Havana, comes as something freshly unique and wholly different from the stories of the Perez girls Beatriz Perez is an enigma Her life is what she makes it in a time of exile when she s supposed to fall in line with the traditions of her culture and upbringing This story relies heavily on the ideas of how war, how a country in tatters and despair, and how death will uproot ideologies and shift a human on their axis It s a story that relies even so on the power and strength of a woman who holds new tenets as a result of her life drastically changing because of those aforementioned ideas It s the tale of a woman on the precipice of greatness because she is exactly who knows to be, no matter the grand sacrifice she needs to make to achieve that greatness With memorable characters, colorful descriptions of setting and time, Chanel Cleeton gives grandeur in bleakness while showing her audience the nuances of change so acutely it s heart breaking Her writing speaks so vividly, her story telling a spell easy to fall under Cleeton daringly takes readers into a world that we least expect and once she has us there grips us into a whirlwind of a life full of meaning I relished every word of this book, of Beatriz s adventures, romance, and pain A story I won t soon forget flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 09, 2018 Pavlina Read sleep less blog marked it as to read Shelves arc, best cover Woohoo flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 19, 2019 nick rated it it was amazing Shelves adult, arc, 2019 favorites, 2019 books i love, historical, january 2019, needs review Whelp I was a complete mess Beatriz story had my heart ACHING Chanel really is at her best here with these historical fiction stories I can t wait for from her RTC flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 02, 2018 Jenni Walsh rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction A slow burn in all the right ways, Beatriz s story is a cohesion of romance, revenge, and loyalty that kept me turning the pages until I learned her ultimate fate Immersive and stirring It s releasing in April 2019 so be sure to add this one to your TBR flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 01, 2018 Stephanie Thornton rated it it was amazing I ve been eagerly anticipating reading WHEN WE LEFT CUBA ever since I finished LAST YEAR IN HAVANA Beatriz s story was definitely worth the wait this is hands down one of my favorite reads of the year In a tale as tempestuous as Cuba itself, WHEN WE LEFT CUBA is the revolutionary story of one woman s bold courage and her many sacrifices for her beloved country An absolutely spectacular read flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Courtney rated it really liked it Shelves cover love, culture, first reads giveaway success, historical fiction, romance So grateful to the publisher and the author for sending me an advanced copy to review This is the only book I ve won in the last year Beatriz Perez, front and center Cleeton has a gift with location and making Cuba that character that has an impact on everyone s life good or bad It lost a little of the magic that Next Year in Havana had, but I think that s because this book doesn t take place IN Cuba, so we lost all the rich description of the characters being there, however there is some So grateful to the publisher and the author for sending me an advanced copy to review This is the only book I ve won in the last year Beatriz Perez, front and center Cleeton has a gift with location and making Cuba that character that has an impact on everyone s life good or bad It lost a little of the magic that Next Year in Havana had, but I think that s because this book doesn t take place IN Cuba, so we lost all the rich description of the characters being there, however there is some memory that still serves it well Beatriz was the most beautiful woman in Cuba, and apparently now she s the most beautiful woman in the US and perhaps the world But, she s fiercely independent and fixated on getting revenge for the murder of her brother by killing Fidel Castro Her quest for justice takes her to the CIA as an undercover spy for the US, but her heart takes her into the bed of an engaged US Senator She struggles through most of the book with what she wants for her life and what her heart wants, easily falling into the spy role and the kept mistress role She could have her pick of lives view spoiler Fortunately, for us and for women everywhere she ends up choosing to have her own life, which was definitely not the way I thought she was going to go, as obsessed with Nick the Senator as she was But, in the end she does get the guy after his wife dies and she s finally retired they end up back together like they never missed a beat Does this kind of love really exist I wonder Also, I must admit I was team Eduardo I thought she could have both the love and the life with him, and what a fiery lover I thought he d make hide spoiler Beatriz gets herself into a manageable amount of trouble and shows that she s not to be messed with despite her great beauty Her passion for Cuba is rivaled only by Eduardo s in this book While this book does have a lot of interesting moments, I felt it leaned heavily on the romance and less of the historical aspects that I thought Next Year in Havana was excellent at Also, there wasn t nearly as much of the culture in this book that the first had, which again may be because of setting, but I remember being really engaged with it in NYIH and much less so in this book Overall, very good and really enjoyable, but I was definitely conflicted about the mistress status as well as how much romance was included It was all a little too neat But, would recommend it, and I whipped through it flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 28, 2018 Alyssa Palombo rated it it was amazing Loved this book, just as I loved NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA I was fortunate enough to get to read an early copy My blurb is below When We Left Cuba is a gorgeously rendered story that powerfully demonstrates the intersection between the personal and the political Beatriz Perez is just the sort of heroine I love most flawed, resilient, and courageous Part spy novel, part romance, and part political thriller, readers will no doubt find this book as hard to put down as I did flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Julia rated it really liked it This is Cleeton s follow up to Next Year in Havana, though you need not have read the previous book to enjoy this one When We Left Cuba follows another of the Perez sisters, Beatriz, after the revolution in Cuba and Fidel Castro s rise With the CIA, politics, double agents, romance, unrequited love, and family drama, there s a lot to enjoy and savor in this book I m only sorry that I have to wait another year before Cleeton publishes another book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Kristen Beverly rated it it was amazing Shelves received from publisher This book truly has a little bit of everything in it an immigrant story, a romance, a spy thriller, and a family drama There s a lot going on, but it all works seamlessly together to tell the story of Beatriz Perez, a woman who flees Cuba with her family in the 1960 s I really enjoyed it and will have to go back read her first novel flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Minx The Genre Minx Book Reviews marked it as to read review of another edition I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest and voluntary review Will post full review closer to publication date of April 09, 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Christie SHBBblogger marked it as to read Shelves april2019, advanced copy, part of a series flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Christine rated it really liked it An excellent parallel story with characters from Next Year in Havana Beatriz was always the wild one when the Perez family lived in Cuba Now that she is in Miami and yearning to return to Cuba, she is reckless than before flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Linda Hutchinson rated it it was ok I would call this a Cuban Conundrum When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton suffers from a lack of direction This novel can t decide if it is a romance or a history lesson and is renders the story weak as a result Having been raised in South Florida near these historical times, I can tell you that the facts were stretched as the initial wave of Cuban immigrants although wealthy were not always welcomed with open arms in Palm Beach society Beside the liberties with historical facts, I found t I would call this a Cuban Conundrum When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton suffers from a lack of direction This novel can t decide if it is a romance or a history lesson and is renders the story weak as a result Having been raised in South Florida near these historical times, I can tell you that the facts were stretched as the initial wave of Cuban immigrants although wealthy were not always welcomed with open arms in Palm Beach society Beside the liberties with historical facts, I found the writing painful with too much emphasis on terraces, clothing, jewels, and long soulful glances between the lead protagonist and her one true love usually across multiple dance floors in different countries For a book that revolves around passion, this one was simply lacking in chemistry compounded by an unbelievable story It s a no for me flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Nov 11, 2018 Sarah rated it liked it Shelves e arcs Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e arc of When We Left Cuba this is no way influences my review.When We Left Cuba is a companion novel to Cleeton s Last Year in Havana centered on the same family, but set predominately around the time of The Bay of Pigs with a light dash of 2016 , and focused entirely on Beatriz Perez Beatriz is full of anger about the revolution in Cuba not just because of her family s diminished lifestyle, or the death of her brother she loves her coun Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e arc of When We Left Cuba this is no way influences my review.When We Left Cuba is a companion novel to Cleeton s Last Year in Havana centered on the same family, but set predominately around the time of The Bay of Pigs with a light dash of 2016 , and focused entirely on Beatriz Perez Beatriz is full of anger about the revolution in Cuba not just because of her family s diminished lifestyle, or the death of her brother she loves her country deeply and does not feel that Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries have Cuba s best interests at heart.She is recruited into the CIA, recommended by her brother s friend Eduardo, and the story centers on their largely separate attempts to rid Cuba of Castro A secondary plot within the novel is Beatriz s ill advised affair with a highly ranking senator Beatriz attempts to balance her love for Cuba with her love of a man who works for a country that views Cuba as little than a pawn in the Cold War.There are a number of excellent scenes in this novel, but I was unable to connect to Beatriz as a character the writing felt somehow distant from her, even though it was a first person POV through her eyes I felt that her anger clouded her common sense leaping wildly from one plan to another without concern for her safety or if her handlers had really put any thought into the plan I understand overwhelming anger, but to sustain it for so long, at the expense of everything for Beatriz, made it less and less believable relatable When We Left Cuba remains an interesting story, as I ve rarely read anything about Cuba it was a learning experience, I just wish I could ve connected to the characters flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 16, 2018 Elise Hooper rated it it was amazing Beatriz Perez s brand of vintage Havana glamour dazzles with equal parts intrigue, rebellion, and romance to make for an unforgettable story When We Left Cuba captures all of the suspense and drama of a fascinating period of Cuban American history flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Skye A Court of Binge Reading rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, arcs, women s fiction, historical romance Thank you to Penguin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review When We Left Cuba is exquisitely written Chanel Cleeton effectively transports you to the 1960s in Florida She encapsulates the era perfectly the politics, the dynamic between men and women, and the importance of your reputation This book follows Beatriz Perez, a headstrong woman who is nothing short of a trailblazer She s the type of woman that believes women bring to the table than simply Thank you to Penguin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review When We Left Cuba is exquisitely written Chanel Cleeton effectively transports you to the 1960s in Florida She encapsulates the era perfectly the politics, the dynamic between men and women, and the importance of your reputation This book follows Beatriz Perez, a headstrong woman who is nothing short of a trailblazer She s the type of woman that believes women bring to the table than simply being a trophy wife She wants out of life In fact, she doesn t want a husband at all What Beatriz wants is revenge Her twin brother, Alejandro, was killed during the upheaval in Cuba Beatriz is sure that the one at fault for her brother s death is Fidel Castro The man who has taken over the country she has known all of her life After her brother s death and Fidel Castro s successful takeover of Cuba, Beatriz and her family fled to America While her mother tries to marry off her and her sisters, Beatriz is trying to convince the CIA to work with her She plans to kill Fidel Castro herself However, what Beatriz doesn t expect is to fall in love with an American man an American Senator, no less This could throw a wrench in all of her plans I enjoyed When We Left Cuba I have not read the first book, Next Year in Havana, but I have only heard great things about it I wasn t sure what to expect with this book All I knew was that everyone would be clamoring to get their hands on this book once it releases to see whether or not the author would weave another spellbinding tale I loved Beatriz She is 100% authentically herself She makes no apologies for who she is or what she wants nor does she let anyone deter her from her goals She s truly a modern woman An icon One of my favorite things about this story is watching Beatriz fall in love She struggles with the fact that loving someone means you care for their well being and their happiness It s much easier for her to only worry about herself and her plans Not to mention, she worries love will trap her in a life of domesticity She s very much against being an accessory to a man, but falling in love with a man who accepts her as she is is almost worse than being seen as an accessory In other words, she s scared She is terrified of being consumed by love If that isn t relatable to everyone, then I don t know what it is Overall, I cannot say enough great things about this story and look forward to reading the first book soon I love Beatriz and Nick I love the author s writing style Most of all, I love the ending This book reads like a movie Honestly, I hope it will become a movie The story is great, the characters are fully fleshed out and remarkable, and the setting is authentic flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution Her passion for politics and history cont Sign up for Chanel s monthly newsletter to receive exclusive news and updates about her next book Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana Originally from Florida, Chanel 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 Books by Chanel Cleeton More Trivia About When We Left Cuba No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 78, 48, 10, 3, 3 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

    Welcome back Just a moment while we sign you in to your account.

    • Unlimited [Business Book] ✓ When We Left Cuba - by Chanel Cleeton Ç
      248 Chanel Cleeton
    • thumbnail Title: Unlimited [Business Book] ✓ When We Left Cuba - by Chanel Cleeton Ç
      Posted by:Chanel Cleeton
      Published :2018-010-08T08:42:54+00:00

    About "Chanel Cleeton"

      • Chanel Cleeton

        Sign up for Chanel s monthly newsletter to receive exclusive news and updates about her next book Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana Originally from Florida, Chanel grew up on stories of her family s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution Her passion for politics and history cont Sign up for Chanel s monthly newsletter to receive exclusive news and updates about her next book Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana Originally from Florida, Chanel 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


    452 Comments

    1. 4.75 Intriguing and Suspenseful Stars Beatriz Perez wants nothing than to return to Cuba Having been exiled to Florida after the Cuban Revolution is not what she had in mind She has no interest in being a debutante like her sisters, nor does she have any interest in marriage For Beatriz, the loss of her twin brother Alejandro, is excruciating thus all she wants is revenge When the CIA recruits her as a spy, she jumps at the chance hoping that she can make Castro pay What Beatriz doesn 4.75 Intr [...]


    2. If you enjoyed the historical fiction novel, Next Year in Havana, you ll want to check this one out as it features Beatriz Perez I m so glad the author decided to write a book about her because she s a fascinating character Really liked this one as it had a little bit of everything including romance, espionage, and family drama While this book could be read as standalone novel, I highly recommend checking out the previous book so you can get a better understanding of not just Beatriz but [...]


    3. When We Left Cuba is a solid follow up to Cleeton s last novel, Next Year in Havana This book focuses on Beatriz Perez and her desire for revenge against Fidel Castro and his cronies who forced her family to leave Cuba There is a greater focus on Beatriz s love life and politics in this novel and less on Cuba and its culture and history My favorite part of Next Year in Havana was absorbing details regarding the food and environs of Cuba and the history that led to Batiste s downfall However When [...]


    4. Chanel Cleeton follows the spectacular success of NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA with the sure to soar WHEN WE LEFT CUBA, continuing the saga of the exiled Perez sisters Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages, burning to avenge her losses, aid her homeland, and carve out a independent role for herself than the conventional marriage and motherhood expected by her family A charismatic American senator offers Beatriz the chance of love in a new home, but a shadowy CIA spy holds out t Chane [...]


    5. Why does everyone assume I want marriage That if I m not someone s wife, I m not worth anything It s not about marriage You shouldn t be anyone s second choice Don t you want to be someone s first choice I don t want to be anyone s choice I want them to be mine WHEN WE LEFT CUBA was a dazzling portrayal of a strong willed and self assured Cuban refugee whose self appointed mission to make Fidel Castro pay for the destruction of her country and family became her sustenance It was Why [...]


    6. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review How differently would my life have turned out if I d been born in this country, if I hadn t come into a fractured and divided island caught in never ending turmoil When We Left Cuba was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 After falling in love with Chanel Cleeton s beautiful and touching words and sentences in Next Year in Havana, I couldn t wait to see what else she had in store for us Beatriz, the main character of this boo ARC pr [...]



    Leave a Reply