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When We Left Cuba

A Novel
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life - and heart - to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez - her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost. 

As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban-American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future - but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything - not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart.

©2019 Chanel Cleeton (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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3 ish stars?!

Perhaps it was my love of the 1st book in this series and my high expectations for this book that did not allow me to enjoy it near as much as I thought I would. I felt as though the story line and characters' stories were shallow and slow, never quite reaching a moment that left me feeling attached , drawn in, or wanting to quickly read to see what happens next...

A definite bummer in my opinion, unfortunately...

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Highly recommend this thrilling novel!

I had been anxiously awaiting this book since the day I finished Next Year in Havana, my absolute favorite novel of 2018.

Taking place in the 1960’s continue the saga of the exiled Perez sisters, during the Cuban Revolution. Bold, uncustomary Beatriz makes a heroine to inspire women of all generations. A famous socialite in Cuba and a scandalous one in America, beautiful, intelligent, and lush, with ties to the revolutionaries and the resistance. Beatriz catches the attention of every bachelor in Palm Beach, but also the CIA. Beneath the carefree facade she presents in public, Beatriz is angry and has a desire for revenge against Fidel Castro; who she blames for her brother's death and who forced her family to leave Cuba, and remain exiled. Burning to avenge her losses, aid her homeland, and carve out an independent role for herself. Beatriz breaks the mold and challenges the conventional marriage and motherhood path her family has carved for her.

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Disappointing sequel

The first book was tremendous and I eagerly awaited the next developments . Alas, the second book was a flat, predictable storyline that left interesting characters to wilt.

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LOVED this book!!

There are already so many excellent reviews of this book, so I won’t repeat their comments. As to the negative ones: I agree with their sediments that it is not a true historical fiction, but centers more on the romantic relationships she has. However, it actually is woven with ALL of her family interactions & her unbreakable need to right the wrongs those in Cuba suffered under the political landscape there. When everything your family has worked so hard for, is taken from you, and your life is forever altered, it changes & challenges you. I truly enjoyed the honest dialog between the people Beatriz has in her life, from the senator, her childhood friends, the CIA and even Castro. I’m now going to “reread”, “Last Year in Havana”!!
I loved them both. I’ll probably do a bit of study on the actual history of Cuba as well!

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Weak story line and long dialogues

The story was prolonged in places and undeveloped in others. Long redundant dialogues. Had to make an effort to finish the book

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Loved this !

I loved this book and these amazingly strong Perez Women! I am looking forward to another book by Chanel Cleeton in the future. I have enjoyed reading these two books and the love, sacrifice, and courage these characters have!

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Lightweight romance novel as historical fiction

Mediocre follow-up to Next Year in Havana. Story tries to use the major historical events of early 1960's to drive plot. Never feels authentic. A convenient device to propel weak characters to take some action and move story along. Doesn't work for me. Leaves you with no insight into what is really motivating the characters or shed light on the import of historic events taking place around them. Standard story se t against an unrelated historic backdrop.

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an adventure

Learning more about the another of Perez family women was fun and had many enjoyable moments.

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Excellent story!

Beautifully written companion to Next Year in Havana. I was so caught up in the story and loved learning more about the family. Wonderful narration!

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Great Story!

This was a very interesting book! It was set in the first few years after Fidel Castro became the ruler of Cuba, and it centers around one of the women in a wealthy family who was exiled from Cuba. There was a nice mix of romance, intrigue, politics, and some current events. It was well written, and the narrator did a great job!