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Romance Book Club: When We Left Cuba

UPDATE: Our pick of Red, White, & Royal Blue has been moved to August, and for July we’ll now be reading When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton, a historical spy romance!

About the book:

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating New York Times bestselling historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

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...

Romance Book Club aims to read feminist and inclusive romance. Whether you're a voracious romance reader already or looking to expand your romance horizons, if you're excited to gush about and critically analyze romance novels, we're here for you. We'll pick one romance every month to meet and discuss at the bookstore, and we hope you'll join us! 

Past titles we’ve read are, in order, The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Unraveled by Lauren Dane, An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, Death's Dancer by Jasmine Silvera, and The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn, Roomies by Christina Lauren, Pride by Ibi Zoboi, A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne, Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long, and The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli.