Next Year in Havana – Published 2018
“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…
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.” – Goodreads
Let me preface this by saying that I really wanted to love this book, but I only liked it. I have heard, however, that the audiobook isn’t as enjoyable as the physical book. I did the audio, and it fell a little flat. It has some insta-love, which isn’t my favorite, and while I wanted the best for the characters, I was never on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens.
That being said, I really enjoyed learning more about Cuba and its political unrest both in the past and present. It was also interesting how the author used family history to tell Cuba’s history. I loved the family dynamics, the MCs journey to learn more about her family, and specifically her grandmother.
I needed more chemistry, more show instead of tell, and more personality from Marisol. 3.5 stars for me!