After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...
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.
February 6, 2018
Praise for next year in havana
***Amazon Best Books of the Month February: Heartfelt Fiction***
[A] spellbinding reminder to pause and cherish the most important things in life, like family, love and hope...
- FIRST for Women Magazine
A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations.
Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it's always worth the risk.
Don’t miss this smart, moving, and romantic story.
Chanel Cleeton's Next Year In Havana is 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. The story of sugar heiress Elisa, watching Cuba fall into revolution as Castro rises, is intertwined with the modern-day tale of Elisa's granddaughter Marisol as she returns to Cuba after Castro's death. Both women fall for fire-brand revolutionaries, but Cuba itself emerges as their true love-interest, threatening to break both women's hearts as Elisa and Marisol each grapple in their own way with what it is to be Cuban, what it is to be an exile, and how to love and live in a homeland riven by revolution. Simply wonderful!
- Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
Cleeton has penned an atmospheric, politically insightful, and highly hopeful homage to a lost world. Devour NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and you, too, will smell the perfumed groves, taste the ropa vieja, and feel the sun on your face. Just a wonderful and educational book!
- Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
A vivid, transporting novel. Next Year in Havana is about journeys-- into exile, into history, and into questions of home and identity. It's an engrossing read.
- David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
An evocative, passionate story of family loyalty and forbidden love that moves seamlessly between the past and present of Cuba’s turbulent history— how one young woman’s sacrifice becomes the key to her granddaughter’s future—how culture and spirit survive against all odds. Next Year in Havana kept me enthralled and savoring every word.
- Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach
In Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton's prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves--of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship--is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate. This a moving, heartfelt, and gorgeously realized story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
- Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of Somewhere in France
An enticing and wonderful read for lovers of historical fiction and soul-searching journeys.
- Library Journal, Starred Review
Chanel Cleeton's lush, compelling historical novel weaves together two stories of love, revolution and family secrets in Cuba.
- Shelf Awareness
[A] luscious novel that will please romance, historical, and women's fiction readers alike. . .Parallel tales of passion and romance crash against rigid family expectations, wartime violence, and political barriers.
Told in alternating timelines, Next Year in Havana is an immersive family saga of love, hope, and sacrifice, and what it means to be Cuban, despite where you were born. I loved the rich details of Cuba, especially Havana, and Cleeton does an excellent job of bringing both the past and present to life.
- Historical Novels Review, Editors' Choice
A poignant tale of aristocracy, subterfuge, tyranny, conflict, corruption and courage during the Cuban Revolution...Next Year in Havana is an extraordinary journey that connects the past and present and will enthrall readers to the very end.
- Romantic Times Book Reviews
Cleeton delivers the two women's descents into dangerous romance with persuasive intensity…. A love story and an homage to the history of the Cuban people.
- Kirkus Reviews
With graceful prose, Cleeton evokes the former grandeur of 1950s Cuba, and contrasts it with modern day Miami in this sweeping family saga of loss and love. I fell into the transporting pages, and savored each scene, each word. Intimate, absorbing, and sensual, NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA begs the question all of us long to know: who am I and where do I come from?
–Heather Webb, author of Last Christmas in Paris
Told through the eyes of a Cuban sugar queen and a modern freelance writer, Cleeton has created a lush and sweeping romance that brings Havana to life in a riot of colors. This gritty tale pulls back the curtain on revolutionary and modern Cuba, allowing us a glimpse of the courage, heartache, and sacrifices of those who left their country in exile, and also those who stayed behind.
- Stephanie Thornton, author of The Conqueror’s Wife
An undeniably personal and intimate look at Cuba then and now, wrapped around the gripping story of two women torn between love and country. Beautifully rendered, Cleeton has given us a big and important novel that will open your eyes to Cuba’s struggles and harsh realities. I haven’t been able to stop thinking and talking about this book.
– Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues
Next Year in Havana is a ravishing jewel of romance, hope, family, and the history in Cuba. Poignant yet gratifying, the novel offers a rare glimpse of the country during the Cuban Revolution, the love that was found and lost, and the people whose lives were irrevocably changed. Skillfully weaving two storylines, Cleeton writes with passion, with authenticity, and with a tenderness that will surely melt your heart. I couldn't put the book down!
– Weina Dai Randel, author of the 2017 RWA RITA® Award winner The Moon in the Palace
Chanel Cleeton delivers an amazing and captivating read! Loyalty, identity, and family are at the heart of this beautifully written story of two women’s struggle to find their place amid Cuba’s shifting political fortunes.
– Alix Rickloff, author of Secrets of Nanreath Hall
A compelling, un-put-downable page-turner told from two equally powerful female narratives. Cleeton vividly recreates revolutionary Cuba while deftly weaving in the modern-day expatriate experience. Lush prose, star-crossed lovers and turbulent times make this a family saga to savor. A must read.
-Lia Riley, author of It Happened on Love Street
Next Year in Havana is a riveting, moving novel that explores the ever-relevant themes of love and sacrifice, family and duty, patriotism and resistance. Cleeton describes Havana so vividly that I felt I was there. I could not put this book down!
- Alyssa Palombo, author of The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence
In this intricate and nuanced portrayal of historic and contemporary Havana, Chanel Cleeton’s elegant prose deftly captures the sunshine – and shadows – of Cuba. Romance and revolution combine to create an emotional, thought-provoking read that will linger with readers long after they’ve turned the final page. Sweeping and beautiful, this evocative tale is not to be missed!
- Meghan Masterson, author of The Wardrobe Mistress
Throughout Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton has a way with words, resulting in a novel lush with beautiful, atmospheric, and authentic writing.
- Jenni L. Walsh, author of Becoming Bonnie
A gorgeous, vivacious, intriguing novel that historical fiction readers will love!
- Fresh Fiction, Fresh Pick
Next Year in Havana is achingly beautiful and a novel I highly recommend.
- All About Romance, Desert Isle Keeper
In print, ebook, & audiobook
Add it on Goodreads here.