When We Left Cuba

Chanel Cleeton (Author) Kyla Garcia (Read by)


In 1960's 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 Next Year in Havana.

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.

Product Details

Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
April 09, 2019
5.8 X 1.1 X 5.6 inches | 0.5 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

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.

Kyla Garcia is a film, stage, and television actress based in Los Angeles, California. She has earned an Audie Award nomination and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards for her work as an audiobook narrator. Her favorite storytelling moments include being a company member of Native Voices at the Autry, starring in the World Premiere of Sovereignty at Arena Stage, and creating the critically acclaimed one-woman show The Mermaid Who Learned How to Fly. Kyla's most recent project is the original feminist spoken-word digital series Herstory 101 featured in BUST Magazine.


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"

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"

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.

-- "Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author"

Cleeton will break hearts with this exquisitely wrought tale...This is a beautiful and utterly transporting novel.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets, and a lot of courage and sacrifice.

-- "Reese Witherspoon on Next Year in Havana"

Bold, unconventional Beatriz makes a heroine for the ages...A thrilling, thought-provoking read!

-- "Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author"

A gorgeously atmospheric homage to a country and a past that vibrates with emotion on every page....A formidable heroine truly makes it unputdownable.

-- "Karen White, New York Times bestselling author"