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Chanel Cleeton’s historical fiction novel When We Left Cuba delves into a world of intrigue with its look at the United States during Kennedy’s presidency, Cuba during its tumultuous time under Castro, and young woman spy. Beatriz finds herself in Florida with her family after they left during the Cuban Revolution. Upset about the politics behind her transition, she consents to help the CIA. Secrets and dreams grow as Beatriz matures. The story holds interest with its historical and cultural aspects, and it has its engaging plot with espionage. The spy angle veered from my usual fare, but I enjoyed the thrill and especially appreciated Beatriz’s personal evolution.


I look forward to reading Cleeton’s backlist title Next Year in Havana and her upcoming new release.

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