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Here is the stimulating topic of the week:
Debut authors/ New to me authors. What books have you read lately by new authors that you want to read more from?
Earlier this month I read Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. That book was great. From a historical perspective, the narrative is well researched (partly from experience as Chanel comes from a Cuban-American family herself). I also found the story gave a fairly balanced political perspective, something that is not easily accomplished when writing anything about Cuba’s history. Look out for my review soon.
At the end of the book I noted that the author is set to release a related novel next year, When We Left Cuba. That book will focus on the story of one of the great aunts of the protagonist in Next Year in Havana. I’m very intrigued….
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.
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…
I also discovered that before she turned to historical fiction, Chanel Cleeton amassed quite a collection of contemporary romance stories. I may try some of those too!
Any recent new-to-you-authors you’d like to read more from?