Journalist Marisol Ferrera has romantic ideas about Cuba,
the country her family had to flee during Castro's rise to
power. As her dying wish, Marisol's beloved grandmother,
Elisa, asks her to take her ashes back to the place of her
birth so that she can rest in peace in her home. When
Marisol arrives, she's immediately charmed by the passion
and vibrancy of old Havana, seemingly untouched by history.
But she also sees the disparity that still exists between
the island's wealthiest inhabitants while the poor still
suffer. And as she delves deeper into her family's past,
she uncovers a long-hidden secret that changes her thoughts
on everything, and especially the things she always thought
about her dear grandmother.
Back in 1967, Elisa Perez is one of four sisters who grew up
as part of one of the most affluent and powerful families in
Cuba. They lead charmed lives, going to parties, reading
books during the day, and going shopping when they pleased.
But after she meets Pablo, a rebel heavily involved with the
revolution, Elisa feels torn between her family's
traditions and the ideals of the rebels trying to change
history. But when Batista is overthrown, and Castro comes to
power, the Perez family is in grave danger. Will Elisa's
rebel save her from making a terrible mistake? Or will her
family's plan to flee to Miami tear her away from her one
NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA is a lovely historical fiction novel!
Told in beautiful detail, readers will feel like they are
walking down the streets of Cuba with Marisol and Elisa. The
dual storylines worked really well against one another, as
Marisol and Elisa both come to terms with the things they
uncover as the story charges on. While both characters have
love interests in the book, it's really the history that
makes this book incredibly readable—whether it's Marisol
discovering something in the present day or Elisa actually
living it, Cuba comes fully to life. Both women have to
examine what they thought was true about the country they
love, and both have to learn to accept the allure and danger
that exists there. NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA is a gorgeous,
vivacious, intriguing novel that historical fiction readers
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.