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Chanel Cleeton

Author of Next Year in Havana

22 Works 2,742 Members 160 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Chanel Cleeton is the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. She was born and raised in Florida, where she often heard stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. She studied in England where she earned a bachelor's show more degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Her title's include: Into the Blue, London Falling and Fly with Me. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Chanel Cleeton

Next Year in Havana (2018) 1,098 copies, 69 reviews
When We Left Cuba (2019) 424 copies, 20 reviews
The Last Train to Key West (2020) 358 copies, 16 reviews
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba (2021) 219 copies, 15 reviews
Our Last Days in Barcelona (2022) 146 copies, 8 reviews
The Cuban Heiress (2023) 125 copies, 4 reviews
Next Year in Havana 96 copies, 5 reviews
The House on Biscayne Bay (2024) 60 copies, 5 reviews
Fly With Me (2016) 42 copies, 4 reviews
I See London (2014) 37 copies, 3 reviews
On Broken Wings (2017) 32 copies, 2 reviews
Flirting with Scandal (2015) 23 copies
Into the Blue (2016) 20 copies, 3 reviews
Playing with Trouble (2015) 12 copies, 1 review
London Falling (2014) 11 copies, 1 review
Falling for Danger (2015) 9 copies, 1 review
French Kissed (2014) 3 copies, 1 review
Quando deixámos Cuba (2020) 2 copies
Between Shadows (2016) 2 copies, 1 review


Common Knowledge



*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. ***

The Last Train to Key West was gripping historical fiction that revolved around three women whose life changed after 1935 Labour Day hurricane. It was about effect of great depression on people’s life, horrible condition of WWI veterans in Key West camps, greatest hurricane of history, domestic violence, survival, courage, and love.

Plot was interesting. I loved the concept of life three women coming from different background to Keys, having their own problems whose path intersected and faced life changing event. It was character driven story that took place in 10 days with hurricane at the centre of it, adding tension in story. All characters were realistic and relatable and their stories were touching.

Historical aspects were best part of the book. I could see author did a good research on the Great depression, Cuban revolution, how government failed to take care of WWI veterans, how society turned their back to veterans’ trauma, and the greatest hurricane of American history, and casualties. Most outrageous and heart rendering part was veterans having to face another tragedy in this hurricane.

Overall, The Last Train to Key West was interesting, well written and well researched historical fiction with great historical aspect and a little romance. If you don’t mind romance in historical fictions you will love this one.

Read full review on my book blog by following this link- https://booksteacupnreviews.com/2020/08/27/bookreview-the-last-train-to-key-west...
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BooksTeacupReviews | 15 other reviews | Jun 28, 2024 |
I think this was such a great historical romance book that had a perspective that I haven't read yet. I have been wanting to expand the setting of stories that I am reading, as well as the types of romances that I read and I think this is a good start of this journey. The two main characters experience similar trials and tribulations across generations and I think that was interesting, but it did make it all a tad predictable. The story also sets up the next book in the series in a way that almost felt forced, so I wish it was a tad more fluid with the rest of the story.… (more)
clougreen | 68 other reviews | Jun 25, 2024 |
What a great ending to the story of the Perez sisters!! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series, and I am not usually a series kinda gal.

The connections and dips and weaves of the storyline across books was well researched, imagined and written. The family came to life in the various decades and generations and I am sad to see them go.

Cuba has a colorful history that although has carried into my lifetime of years, I am not fully aware of. There is a pride of country and love that runs deep in its people that I was glad to join forces with during my listen.

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snewell2 | 7 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
I was not sure as I starting listening to this book on Audible if I was going to enjoy it. I am not sure why…it just didn’t catch me immediately. But by the end, I had a whole new appreciation for the Cuban plight. Similar to my appreciation for the Russian culture, this Cuban culture that I was learning about is proud and brave and beat down yet so in love with their country despite it all; willing to sacrifice and stay and hope for a better future…decades and decades and decades of proud Cuban people. This was a very descriptive and sweet story of two different generations of the Perez family and their culture, dreams and wounds that Cuba left in their souls.… (more)
snewell2 | 4 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |



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