The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton audiobook

The Last Train to Key West

By Chanel Cleeton
Read by Kyla Garcia , Rachel L. Jacobs , and Karissa Vacker

Penguin Audio 9780451490889
9.28 Hours 1
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One of Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020   “The perfect riveting summer read!”—BookBub   In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.   For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.   After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leaves Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to her new husband, his illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.   Elizabeth Preston's trip to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles after the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.   Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

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A Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Books of Summer

One of Bustle’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020   “The perfect riveting summer read!”—BookBub   In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.   For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.   After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leaves Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to her new husband, his illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.   Elizabeth Preston's trip to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles after the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.   Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A compelling unputdownable story of love—for a man, for a country, for a past ripped away, and a future’s tenuous promise. When We Left Cuba swept me away. Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach.
Electric and fierce. Beatriz Perez’s romance with a handsome, important senator will sweep you away, but it’s her profound loyalty to Cuba and her formidable determination to be her own woman despite life-and-death odds that will really hold you in thrall. Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante
In a tale as tempestuous as Cuba itself, When We Left Cuba is the revolutionary story of one woman’s bold courage and her many sacrifices for her beloved country. An absolutely spectacular read! Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of American Princess
With a richly imagined setting and a heroine worth rooting for from the start, When We Left Cuba is thrilling and romantic, and timely to boot. Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Met Jack
Cleeton draws you into the glamour, intrigue, and uncertainty of the Cuban exile community just after Castro's coup through a heroine who could give Mata Hari a run for her money....You'll be rooting for Beatriz to change the course of history—and find her own hard-won happily ever after. Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The English Wife
Powerful, emotional and oh so real. One woman's fight to reclaim her own country, against all odds and no matter what the cost is intertwined with the real history of our lifetime and creates an unforgettable story. Rhys Bowen, New York Times and #1 Kindle bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and the Royal Spyness mysteries.
Scintillating....An intriguing dive into the turbulent Cuban-American history of the 1960s, and the unorthodox choices made by a strong historical woman. Marie Benedict, author of The Only Woman in the Room
Rich in historic detail, When We Left Cuba has it all—the excitement of a page-turning thriller, the sizzle of a steamy romance and the elegant prose of a master storyteller. Renée Rosen, author of Park Avenue Summer
Beatriz Perez’s brand of vintage-Havana glamour dazzles with equal parts intrigue, rebellion, and romance to make for an unforgettable story. Elise Hooper, author of The Other Alcott 
“When We Left Cuba is a breathtaking book, and it captures what I love best about historical fiction. Camille Di Maio, author of The Way of Beauty More Praise for Chanel Cleeton
“A flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba. Simply wonderful! Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network 
Cleeton has penned an atmospheric, politically insightful, and highly hopeful homage to a lost world. Devour Next Year in Havana and you, too, will smell the perfumed groves, taste the ropa vieja, and feel the sun on your face. Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling coauthor of America's First Daughter
Don’t miss this smart, moving, and romantic story. HelloGiggles.com
Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it's always worth the risk. NPR
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"A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice. Reese Witherspoon
“A sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations. Entertainment Weekly
“This Cuban-set historical novel is just what you need to get that ~extra-summery~ feeling. Bustle
With a sure hand for historical detail, an impeccable eye for setting, and a heroine who grasps hold of your heart and never lets go, Chanel Cleeton has created another dazzlingly atmospheric and absorbing story of Cuba and its exiles. A beautiful and profoundly affecting novel from a writer whose work belongs on the shelves of every lover of historical fiction. Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of The Gown
Oozing with atmosphere and intrigue, When We Left Cuba is an evocative, powerful and beautifully written historical novel which had me completely captivated from the first page to the last. Take a bow, Chanel Cleeton! Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter 
Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages....A thrilling, thought-provoking read! Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author
You won't be able to put this one down. Cosmopolitan
“Brimming with secrets, hope, and love, this is a book that you’ll devour in one sitting.” Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author
Both a hard-earned love story and a visceral account of history. Cleeton's writing pulsates with passion and intimacy.... She's long since established herself as a remarkable writer, but with When We Left Cuba, she's written with a sublime force that keeps us tethered to her words. The Washington Post
A thrilling story about love, loss, and what we will do to go home again. Utterly unputdownable. PopSugar
“Kyla Garcia, Rachel L. Jacobs, and Karissa Vacker join forces to narrate this story of three women facing major life changes…While each narrator highlights the unique nature and perspective of her character, the performances as a whole blend well, creating a coherent listening experience.” AudioFile
“Cleeton’s strength is in exploring the lives of women longing to push back against restrictive social expectations, but portions of the story dealing with the US government’s treatment of World War I veterans are also extremely moving…Cleeton should add to her growing fan base with this title, which is well suited for book clubs and for historical fiction fans.” Library Journal
“With rich historical detail, incisive dialogue and a firebrand heroine, Cleeton paints a vivid portrait of a woman caught in the currents of a turbulent time yet determined to make her own way. Shelf Awareness 
A beautiful and utterly transporting novel. Publisher’s Weekly
Atmospheric and evocative, When We Left Cuba captivates with its compelling portrayals of the glamorous Cuban exile community and powerful forbidden love set against the dangerous intrigue of the Cold War. Unforgettable and unputdownable! Laura Kamoie, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Dear Hamilton
By turns a captivating historical novel, a sweeping love story, and a daring tale of espionage—I absolutely adored this gem of a novel. Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time
An exhilarating read with a fearless heroine. Woman’s World 
Cleeton once again delivers a masterful tale of political intrigue tinged with personal heartbreak. Her ferocity and fearlessness can be found on every page, and Beatriz’s story—one of vengeance, betrayal, and bravery—astonishes and thrills. Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Masterpiece
A gorgeously atmospheric homage to a country and a past that vibrates with emotion on every page.  Historic events, espionage, and a Kennedy-esque romance make this novel a rich read, but the addition of a formidable heroine truly makes it unputdownable.  This is not just historical fiction, but also an unrequited love story for a country and a way of life, as well as a journey of self-discovery for a woman torn between love and the two countries she calls home. Karen White, New York Times bestselling author  
Has sex, drama, suspense…and pairs perfectly with a mojito. People 
When We Left Cuba is chock full of espionage, murder, romance, politics, family drama, and themes of national identity...If you loved Next Year in Havana, read this straightaway! Key Woman’s World
“Cleeton finds the right balance of historical detail and suspense, making this a riveting curl-up-on-the-couch affair.” Publishers Weekly
“Cleeton’s depiction of the catastrophic hurricane is both gripping and terrifying, and she skillfully balances each woman’s internal growth with the various romantic subplots…[An] exciting, romantic tale.” Booklist
“The Last Train to Key West is a perfect storm of great storytelling, fast-moving plot, and rich historical detail. Tense, tight, and atmospheric, Chanel Cleeton’s best yet.” Kate Quinn, author of The Huntress

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Author Bio: Chanel Cleeton

Author Bio: Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton, originally from Florida, grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Richmond, the American International University in London, and a master’s degree in global politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English