When Isabel Perez travels to Barcelona to save her sister Beatriz, she discovers a shocking family secret in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s new novel.
 
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.
“Cleeton’s devoted fans as well as readers new to her work will be captivated by this original and evocative story of love, loyalty, betrayal and redemption.”
Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman With the Blue Star

Praise for the novels of Chanel Cleeton

“Cleeton always delivers!”
Stephanie DrayNew York Times bestselling author of The Women of Chateau Lafayette

"A thrilling story about love, loss, and what we will do to go home again. Utterly unputdownable.”
PopSugar

"A remarkable writer"
The Washington Post

“You won't be able to put this one down.”
Cosmopolitan

“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

“An exhilarating read with a fearless heroine.”
Woman’s World

“Has sex, drama, suspense…and pairs perfectly with a mojito.”
People

"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

“The Ultimate Beach Read”
Real Simple
 
Next Year in Havana reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it's always worth the risk.”
NPR

“Cleeton is skilled at immersing readers into the culture and the period of her stories while creating vibrant characters, especially women, in a fast-paced, thoroughly engaging read.”
Denny S. Bryce, Author of Wild Women and the Blues

"In this powerful, page-turner, Chanel Cleeton...The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba shines the light on the fierce women who played a critical role in this important juncture in time—women who are determined not to be forgotten."
Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
 
“Nobody writes about Cuban women—their lives, their loves and their bravery—like Chanel Cleeton does. A truly beautiful book.”
Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret

“Historical fiction fans will love this novel and its perfectly detailed descriptions of a long-gone era. This is another slam-dunk from Cleeton.” 
Library Journal (starred review)