Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Genre: Historical Fiction, Multicultural Interest, Women's Fiction
No. of Pages: 319
Date of Publication: 24 May, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
One of the first things I noticed about the writing is that it’s so vivid and lush, and paints you such a picture while you read. It pulled me in immediately.
Having read this a few weeks ago, I will say that the story has remained with me and it's a definite recommendation. I am really looking forward to listening to the entire series on audio.
** I implore you to not make the same mistake I did - this was my first read by the author and I regret that I didn’t start at the beginning of this series. While the books in this series can be read as stand-alones, I wish I had started at the very beginning before reading this title.
eARC kindly provided by Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.
Barcelona, 1964. Exiled from Cuba after the revolution, Isabel Perez has learned to guard her heart and protect her family at all costs. After Isabel’s sister Beatriz disappears in Barcelona, Isabel goes to Spain in search of her. Joining forces with an unlikely ally thrusts Isabel into her sister’s dangerous world of espionage, but it’s an unearthed piece of family history that transforms Isabel’s life.
Barcelona, 1936. Alicia Perez arrives in Barcelona after a difficult voyage from Cuba, her marriage in jeopardy and her young daughter Isabel in tow. Violence brews in Spain, the country on the brink of civil war, the rise of fascism threatening the world. When Cubans journey to Spain to join the International Brigades, Alicia’s past comes back to haunt her as she is unexpectedly reunited with the man who once held her heart.
Alicia and Isabel’s lives intertwine, and the past and present collide, as a mother and daughter are forced to choose between their family’s expectations and following their hearts.
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