Next Year in Havana

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is decide to leave when it is no longer wise to stay.

In 1958 Eliza’s family fleed Cuba. Taking with them the memories of the grand country they once knew. Unfortunately, Castro’s tight reign prevented the family’s return to their beloved land. “Next Year in Havana” they toasted every new year’s night, in hopes for the dictator to catch his death and Cuban borders to open their doors to the exiled family. Unfortunately, Eliza passed away before she could return to Havana. Marisol was the chosen granddaughter who bared a very hard task, to return her grandmother’s ashes to the place she once loved. The trip to Cuba helped Marisol to elucidate her family’s history, meet the extended family, and of course, reach her very own happily ever after.

The novel has lured me into the history of Cuba, and its revolution. I enjoyed learning the story of Batista and Castro’s regimes, and their dictatorships over the people of Cuba. Besides the two dictators, the novel shed the light on 26 July Movement and the Guerrilla war. An author did an amazing job telling the history of the country. Her storytelling is entertaining and easy to read.

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