Blog Tour, Book Review, NetGalley

**Blog Tour** Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and a #Giveaway for a Kindle Fire! #BookReview @BerkleyPub

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Publish Date: February 6, 2018.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Next Year in Havana!

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Camila Cabello‘s soulful song, Havana, comes to mind when I think of this book.

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Special thanks to Chanel Cleeton, NetGalley, and Berkley Publishing for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is essentially a beautifully written love letter to Cuba.

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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. Continue reading “**Blog Tour** Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and a #Giveaway for a Kindle Fire! #BookReview @BerkleyPub”

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**Happy Release Day to 2 Books!** Next Year in Havana & How to Stop Time

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Two books are being released today! Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

Both books are written in dual timelines with a Then and Now approach. The dual timelines add depth to the plot and character development and I enjoyed this writing approach.

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Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

This book is essentially a beautifully written love letter to Cuba.

Marisol, a Cuban-American woman, travels to Havana to scatter her beloved grandmother’s ashes and begins the journey to truly understand her roots in the country of her grandmother’s birth while navigating a challenging political climate and a complicated romantic situation. 

The book is told in two timelines – Havana in 1958, and Miami in 2017 – essentially two stories in one. The story is laced with history, culture, and romance.

My full review will be published later this week when I have the honor of participating in the book’s blog tour.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Tom Hazard has a secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but because of  a rare condition called anageria, he’s been alive since 1581.  Tom has met a lot of famous people like Shakespeare, F. Scott & Ella Fitzgerald, experienced major historical events firsthand, and witnessed many inventions become real. He just wants an ordinary life, but because of his secret, he must move every 8 years and reinvent himself.

It is now 2017 and Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher – the perfect job for someone like him who has witnessed history first hand.

Tom has lived in London before, and returning to the city now is bittersweet for him because it holds many memories of love, laughter, friendship, heartache, pain, anguish, and grief.

“Can a life without love still be worth living?”

The book makes you think about your own life, who you love, choices, and the actions that you take because of it.

My full review is here.

Happy Release Day to Next Year in Havana and How to Stop Time!