Book Review: When We Left Cuba: Chanel Cleeton

Dear reader I couldn’t sleep so I finished reading “When We Left Cuba” by Chanel Cleeton. I picked up this book in soft-cover edition from my local Barnes and Noble because it seemed interesting. My personal review of the book is as follows:

I really enjoyed “Beatriz” as a character and how strong she was and how she fought for herself and what she wanted no matter what society and at times her own family would say about it.

I personally feel like the ending(in terms of what she was trying to do, trying to phrase it in a way that avoids spoilers) wrapped up a bit too conveniently(I understand why from a historical point of view certain things had to happen  the way they did however I still feel feel like she got out of trouble way too easily).

I also would’ve personally really loved to see “Beatriz” time as a spy (after she meets with Fidel) especially since I haven’t read/seen a lot of stories set within the time period of the book that feature strong independent female spies as a main character without them also being someone’s love interest. I personally feel like you should give this book a chance especially if you’re interested in storylines featuring a strong female main character within the time period of the book.

Overall I personally rate this book a 7 out of 10. Happy reading dear reader ☺. Please like and share this review if you enjoyed it doing so helps me to get approved by publishers and authors for future books and helps others to find my reviews 💜.

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