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 pick.
Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.
The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez-her family, 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 quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.
As 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...
About the Author
Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science.
Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
Praise for When We Left Cuba:
"Oozing with atmosphere and intrigue, When We Left Cuba is an evocative, powerful and beautifully written historical novel which had me completely captivated from the first page to the last. Take a bow, Chanel Cleeton!" - Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
"A compelling unputdownable story of love-for a man, for a country, for a past ripped away, and a future's tenuous promise. When We Left Cuba swept me away." - Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach.
"Beatriz Perez's brand of vintage-Havana glamour dazzles with equal parts intrigue, rebellion, and romance to make for an unforgettable story." - Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott
"When We Left Cuba is a breathtaking book, and it captures what I love best about historical fiction." - Camille Di Maio, author of The Way of Beauty
Praise for Next Year in Havana:
"A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice." - Reese Witherspoon
"A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations." - Entertainment Weekly
"This Cuban-set historical novel is just what you need to get that extra-summery feeling." - Bustle
"The Ultimate Beach Read" - Real Simple
"Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it's always worth the risk." - NPR
"A flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba. Simply wonderful!" - Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network