The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba
Thank you, Berkley Publishing, for gifting me another INCREDIBLE historical fiction from Chanel Cleeton.
Seriously, y’all. Chanel can do no wrong. I love her books, the fierce female heroines that she creates, and the history that she packs into her novels. I will forever be a fan and will always read her books. If you haven’t, you need to. ASAP!
Genre: Historical Fiction
Location: Cuba & New York City
Pub Date: 5.4.21
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
“I am not the girl they want me to be. You cannot see the things I have seen or live them and be the innocent they all toast.”
I mentioned this above but Cleeton has this amazing ability to create powerful, fierce women in her books. In The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, she created not one but THREE powerhouse women. I usually can pick a favorite character when a story is told in a dual narrative but I just couldn’t pick a favorite – Grace, Evangelina, and Marina are all women that I would love to sit down and chat with in real life. We could all stand to learn a little something from them.
Yes, I will admit that this story had a slower feel to it than the previous three books from Cleeton but this is also the first one that truly felt historical. Don’t get me wrong, the others all were historical fiction and packed with lots of information but I had the feeling that Cleeton was trying to teach us something about this period. I am grateful to her for all the effort and research that she put into this book because as I finished the last page, I felt like she had transported me into the book. It was amazing.
I have always had a favorite period to read about and that’s the roaring 20’s. But, now I feel that there is enough literature on that time. I need to move onto a different time and The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba is set during that time. I loved reading about the newspaper tycoon competition, the journalists who were fighting to get the good stories, and the women who were willing to put themselves out there and be a part of the story.
If you haven’t read any of the Perez Family Saga by Chanel Cleeton, you can honestly pick up any book and start reading but I promise you will want to read all of the others once you’re done.
Short Story — BUY THE BOOK!