Written By: Chanel Cleeton

Narrated By: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Corzo

Date: February 2018

Duration: 11 hours 16 minutes


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.


  • Marie P.

    I enjoy the "fictional" non fiction history genre. Great narration. Too easily are the American priveledged forgetful Of the not so distant past.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nelly N.

    Good story line. Has politics, mystery, and love. Excellent representation of Cuba’s past

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeanne

    I really enjoyed this book. Wonderful mix of story & history. Loved the narrators.

  • Anonymous

    It was okay

  • Anonymous

    Pretty good

  • Ulrike G.

    I absolutely love this book. Having been to Havana a couple of times it was wonderful to hear a real Cuban’s point of you of their beautiful city. It was also heartbreaking to listen to what families went through when they had to escape Cuba. I didn’t wanted the book to end.

  • Carrie B.

    The story line was not very believable which made it difficult to connect with the characters. Some interesting narratives of Cuban history and culture.

  • Sue C.

    I was very disappointed in this book. The storyline in 2017 was unbelievable. I really never felt anything for the characters. I didn't like them or dislike them. I just didn't care. The long speeches that were used to explain the history, etc. dragged on and were interesting. There was a cadence to the speech that I found to be very distracting. It sounded unnatural. I don't know if it was because of the writing or the narrator. I would not have bothered finishing it if we weren't reading it for book club.

  • Erica U.

    The story was pretty bland for me. And also do unrealistic I felt. The narrator for Marisol was great but the one who narrates for Elisa was sooo BLAH... monotone and depressive sounding. Wanted to love the book but it was just ok. I did enjoy hearing about Cuba and the different perspectives though.

  • Sherry R.

    I loved this book!... What's better than 2 love stories while learning about history. So well written . I enjoyed the story line very much. I miss the characters now that the book is over. ... That's how I know it was a good book!

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