Audible Review: Next Year in Havana

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Narrated by: Kyla Garcia

Total Length: 11hrs and 16mins

Goodreads Synopsis: “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…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage”

Review: I have to admit, I really loved this story. I learned SO much about the Cuban Revolution that I didn’t know before this. To be honest, I only knew little about Cuba before reading this story, I only really understood was that for the longest time people from the United States couldn’t go there and Fidel Castro. But this story really opened up my eyes to everything that happened in the 1950’s in Cuba. I don’t want to spoil it but I have such a different appreciation for the people of Cuba through this story.

In fact, I wish I had read the story and not listened on Audible. I feel like I might have missed some really important pieces of the story that I might have missed from listening rather than reading. The only thing I could have dealt less with was the romance (if I had to have a negative) and that the ending was so abrupt! I wanted just a little bit more.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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