When We Left Cuba

When We Left Cuba[Ebook] ➨ When We Left Cuba ➮ Chanel Cleeton – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk 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 pi 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 Book Club pick Beautiful Daring Deadly The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez her family When We MOBI :¿ 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 uest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lostAs 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. I am nothing if not a scandal Beatriz is one of the Perez daughters known for their fame and fortune in their homeland CubaBut they were forced to flee due to the revolution And though her family has settled in Florida and her father is bent on reforming the Perez family fortune Beatriz cannot help but long for the life she left behind They said you ruled like a ueen in Havana Beatriz becomes consumed with the near impossible goal to destroy Fidel CastroBut making plans and executing them are two different things you're too young too pretty too sheltered to understand the world around youyour worth only lies in you beauty and what they can barter for it Beatriz manages to find contacts ones who see eye to eye with her aspirations in the United States She manages to become part of the CIA If I don't succeed then they kill me I assure you I'm aware of the stakes I wouldn't volunteer for this if I wasn't The Cold War hovers at the edge of the horizon Castro's power grows ever strongerBeatriz is set on her path to revengeand yetthere is a man A man who is Irritatingly beautiful A man who exceeds all her expectations one who is everything she is not and one who represents everything she cannot have Because I think of you Constantly Because I wonder what it would be like to kiss you For you to be mine even for a moment One false move could cost everything her country her love her life It's dangerous BeatrizI know Wow I am still reelingThis one has such a different feel from the first novel but was still so enrapturing I feel like the author really did a fabulous job embodying such a complex character Beatriz has such a different feel from MarisolElise from the first novelBeatriz Elise's sister began as a rich spoiled girl in the first novel but she grew and developed wonderfully in this novel She may be high maintenance but she loved her country with all her heart and was willing to do anything to protect it She teetered between being fully independent and curling in on herself wanting to hide from the worldI loved watching the transformation of her character and the way she asserted herself in a time where such assertions were wholly unexpected And suddenly I cannot take it any and I rise The love story arced beautifully Normally I have issue when the love relies on passion and barely suppressed emotions but Cleeton brings that about realistically In another life we might have been magnificent together I do think that the pacing was a bit slow at times especially with some of the detours into the intricacies in the Perez sisters' livesbut the imagery does make up for thatOverall this is of a companion novel than the seuel I expected but all in all I am than satisfied with this experience I'm so excited for Cleeton's next novel With thanks to the author and the publishing company for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review All uotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading Political intrigue history wanting to know about Cuba and a love story were the things that attracted me to this book as well as the fact that I enjoyed Next Year in Havana It moved a little slowly at first I didn’t feel immersed until a third of the way in and then I was taken in I remembered that Beatriz Perez was Marisol’s great Aunt and Elisa’s sister from the previous book but I don’t remember much about her from the first novel She turns out to be a spirited independent woman who seems beyond her time in that she won’t follow her family’s wishes when it comes to a woman’s place in society “that our parents consider marriage to be the final goal for us our success ties to the men we catch rather than our own merits” She follows her own heart falling in love with a man already engaged Motivated by a desire to avenge her brother’s murder before they left Cuba and to avenge her family’s loss of home and fortune she becomes involved with the CIA and wants to do whatever it takes to kill Castro In a note Cleeton says “While the Perez family and their friends are entirely fictional the events in the novel were inspired by the tumultuous Cuban American relations in the 1960’s” She does a great job of depicting historical events of the 1960’s such as The Bay of Pigs the Cuban Missle Crisis and Kennedy’s asassination through the lives of these characters I have to admit that Beatriz’s involvement in the CIA was a bit much for me at times as I am not a spy thriller reader and there were shades of that here Having said that I loved her character and admired her strength and independence As in the first novel I felt the author’s connection to the story through her heritage I loved that the buried box appears here too An engaging story This was a Traveling Sisters read I received an advanced copy of this book from Berkley Books through NetGalley I think I’m going to get poo pooed on for this review Having read and adored Next Year in Havana this one just fell flat for me Too unrealistic I love Cuba but this character? What happened to Beatrize? For a 22 year old she makes reckless decisions which may be appropriate for her age but for how intelligent she is supposed to be just didn’t jive for meThis one read like a harleuin romance hey I’m a sucker for a good love story every now and then but I couldn’t buy into it I’m the cynicMany raved about this one For me it made my eyes roll back a little too far in this headAnd what is with the word “machination”? Editor do you job I saw that one one too many times and it made me cringe3⭐️ for the historyNext 475 Intriguing and Suspenseful StarsBeatriz 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 inA 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 Goodreads on 121118Will be published on and Twitter on release dateExcerpt to be published on Instagram A stunning and intriguing follow up ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Beatriz Perez lost everything during the Cuban Revolution including her family and her home her beloved Cuba The CIA recruits her to get close to Fidel Castro and his comrades Now a spy Beatriz is thirsty with revenge for all she’s lost The Cold War is in full swing when Beatriz finds herself in love with power hungry man; a clandestine affair and she knows it Beatriz comes to a crossroads where she must choose between everything she holds dear from her past and her hopeful possibly steadfast future Can she let Cuba go? When We Left Cuba is full of unexpected intrigue I was on the edge of my seat with worry about Beatriz One of the strongest aspects of the novel is its sense of time and place Be prepared to be transported because you will be whisked away The historical aspects are strong as well and seamlessly woven in Of course I have to mention the romance which successfully amped up the suspense Overall When We Left Cuba is a formidable woman’s story of moving beyond a tragedy and seeking revenge but also balancing her desire for love at the same time Will love or vengeance be the victor here?I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom As beautiful as I was expecting it to be I was anticipating this book a lot since I read Next Year in Havana earlier this year and fell in love with it The way that story concluded had me excited to see what Beatriz's story would be like and it didn't disappoint She exuded a lot of strength charm and beauty in the previous book and those ualities carry through in her own bookBeatriz is a defiant character She has a reputation that follows her but she couldn't care less She's bold and brave and pushed the standards of what it was like to be a woman in the 1960's She set the societal standard for herself and I really appreciated that about her characterChanel Cleeton can write Her writing is full of passion honesty and heart and I love how she manages to express and explain the political climate that was going on in Cuba and the States through her characters The romance will cause you to have a fever It's flawed and raw and your own heart has you feeling the emotional turmoil her characters are facing It was constantly fluctuating between pain and pleasure I couldn't get enough One of my most anticipated books From what I’ve gathered in ‘Next Year in Havana’ Beatriz is going to kick some major ass in this book Beatriz Perez lives in exile in Palm Beach Florida with her family but Cuba forever lives in her heart The family fled during the Cuban Revolution and they lost their family home and successful sugar field business They are safe but Beatriz has anger and revenge on her mind  She isn't one to forget the pastBeatriz as a strong independent and beautiful young woman and is known for catching the eye of many and is known to  collect marriage proposalsShe is approached by the CIA and agrees to help them but she is a not a trained spy  Things could easily go wrong  Has she gotten in over her head? Could she possibly turn the head of  Fidel Castro or catch his eye?  Many believe she canSome cliff hanger chapters steeped in suspense a politically flavored romance and plenty of historic details made this one easy to pick up and hard to put downRecommend to fans of Cleeton's debut novel Next Year in Havana and those who enjoy historical fiction with a bit of glamour and suspense Thank you Berkley and NG for my review copy Out on April 92019 EEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhh Not really sure how to rate this one as it just wasn't what I expected it to be? Which I guess is my fault I went in wanting romance but this was definitely about espionage and like spy stuff? It wasn't a bad book but it was just not my cup of tea 45 stars rounded up When We Left Cuba picks up in time after Next Year in Havana The Perez family part of the Cuban sugar aristocracy has landed in Palm Beach after the Cuban Revolution Once again Cleeton does a great job of combining an engaging story with a real feel for the time and place This is historical fiction done right Cleeton knows how to weave historic facts into the story in a seamless manner This seuel focuses on a different Perez daughter Driven by revenge Beatriz Perez makes contact with the CIA in an effort to return to Cuba and assassinate Castro It's strange to realize someone is your nemesis and yet to them you are little than a faint murmur in the background of their livesNYIH employed the two storyline dual time frame approach Here it's a single story straightforward approach which I prefer And while there is romance it is not the whole story far from it We get politics espionage family and social issues as wellBeatriz is a fully formed character Young but in some ways an old soul because of what she has lived through Although having written that at times her recklessness made her age very much apparent The two men in her life Nick and Eduardo were eually well formed and interesting diverse charactersI loved NYIH but I think I preferred this bookMy thanks to netgalley and Berkley Books for an advance copy of this novel An exceptional story about an extraordinary woman A book rich with love and steeped in history Beatriz Perez my ueen There was something about Beatriz that completely captured my heart from the very first page of this book She was a smart strong and sassy woman with an unbreakable spirit and an unstoppable independence This is a follow up of sorts to “Next Year in Havana” although I’d say you could read this book independently We do meet Beatriz in the first book it is the story of her sister Elisa however Beatrix is on the periphery of that story Both books are exuisite however I have to admit I like this book a teeny bit Beatrix might live in the US now but her heart is still in Cuba Her family was exiled to the US after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba Beatriz was the privileged daughter of a sugar barren she lived a glamorous life filled with parties and glitz Then her life was turned upside down she lost her twin brother during the uprise her family loses all their wealth and her family is sent away from the land that they loved Beatrix now has to start over in a new country Consumed with revenge and a desire to return “home“ she finds herself entangled with the CIA She also meets a man A man who is off limits A man who will completely capture and consume her We experience the US Cuba relationship during the 1960s through the pages of this book We see the Bay of Pigs the Cuban Missile Crisis and the JFK assassination through Beatrix’s eyes This book is a true love story A woman’s love for a country and a man Chanel Cleeton’s vivid writing will transport you to the 1960s The feel and the fear at the beginning of the Cold War seeps through the pages The historical aspects of this book are compelling but I have to say the romance wormed its way into my heart Beatrix Nick’s Love story was so raw I really can’t think of any other word to describe it A forbidden love that broke them both and then built them up again it’s all about Fate and timing and all that This was a spellbinding story packed with romance and history rat in a cloak of intrigue Uneuivocally recommend many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book