Instant New York Times bestseller!
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 The Last Train to Key West and Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
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...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Chanel Cleeton draws on her family’s memories of the Cuban Revolution to craft vividly irresistible historical romances. We first met the wealthy Perez clan in her 2018 novel, Next Year in Havana, in which the family fled to Florida after Fidel Castro’s ascent to power. This sequel focuses on fearless, independent Beatriz, whose drive to avenge her twin brother’s death leads her from posh Miami debutante parties to working with the CIA and an illicit romance with a powerful American politician. Sexier and more suspenseful than its predecessor, When We Left Cuba is a thrilling story of loyalty and revenge.
Cleeton (Next Year in Havana) will break hearts with this exquisitely wrought tale of a privileged girl exiled from her country and the powerful American politician who changes the course of her life. After Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, Beatriz Perez and her family sought refuge in Palm Beach, Fla., and tried to rebuild. But Beatriz craves revenge: the Cuban leader was responsible for her twin brother's murder, and she believes that with the help of a fellow exile, Eduardo Diaz, and her recruitment into the CIA she can avenge that death. When U.S. Senator Nicholas Randolph Preston III enters her world at a Palm Beach society ball, she loses her heart quickly to the man who will change her life. Cleeton's twisting, intricate plot of love and revenge takes Beatriz to such locations as Harlem and London (where she faces off with a trained Cuban intelligence officer) and finally to a potentially deadly meeting with Castro in Cuba. Tiny glimpses of the present day are woven throughout the novel, giving readers hints of what became of two idealistic souls. This is a beautiful and utterly transporting novel.
Couldn’t put it down!
After very quickly finishing Next Year in Havana I immediately started reading When We Left Cuba. I love how much history is weaved into the stories, while still keeping it focused on the love, lives, and challenges of the main characters. I’m looking forward to the next book!
Can not and will not finish reading...
What an annoying read; it’s as though the author used a thesaurus for the most basic words for no reason except to make this book un-relatable. She also doesn’t miss an opportunity to remind us of how beautiful and desired the protagonist is, even from the POV of the protagonist. It’s weird.
Can this please be made into a movie?
Could not put the book down. You really feel for Beatriz and all the “ifs” in her life. If you love historical fiction with an air of romance, this is for you.