I love spending time with the Perez family and looked forward to settling in with Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton. This historical fiction has it all from romance to suspense as Isabel Perez travels to Barcelona to find her sister Beatriz. Grab an iced coffee and see why this is the perfect beach read…
by Chanel Cleeton
Genres: Historical Fiction
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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.
This story focuses on the eldest daughter, Isabel Perez. The family has been exiled from Cuba and, as the oldest daughter; she felt the pressure and need of her family as they try to carve out a home in South Florida. She was a dutiful daughter and did what was expected, including marrying an older gentleman she did not love.
When Beatriz is unreachable in Spain, it is Isabel who books a flight to Barcelona to search for her. This trip will forever change her.
I have loved everything Cleeton has published, but it is her historical fictions that truly shine. Her stories of Cuba and the Perez family are rich, detailed, captivating and perfectly paced. From the landscaping to the bond between the siblings, these are stories that feel rich and real.
I love fictional stories set during historical periods and Cleeton touches on a few in Our Last Days in Barcelona. Things are unsettled in Spain and the author shares the climate of two periods.
Barcelona, 1964 Beatriz disappears in Barcelona, Isabel goes to Spain in search of her and joins forces with Diego who is also looking for Beatriz. She is soon making discoveries about her own past as she traipses across Spain. Along the way Isabel will find her passion, herself and maybe the chance at real love.
Barcelona, 1936 A young Alicia Perez journey’s to Spain from Cuba with her young daughter Isabel in tow. The country is on the brink of Civil War. Young men are traveling to Spain to fight the cause and among them is Roe’s husband.
The two timelines weave back and forth, giving us several stories. Cleeton kept me engaged with each thread she wove. I loved trying to figure out how these Perez women would tackle each problem with dignity and courage. I loved how the author wove them together, giving Isabel strength.
This historical fiction has it all from family honor to matters of the heart. It’s all set against the backdrop of Spain, from the civil war to the horrors of Guernica.
I am hoping Cleeton delivers more historical fiction romance and while each of the following books will work as standalone; they are intertwined by the Perez siblings. When We Left Cuba, The Last Train to Key West and The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba and Our Last Days in Barcelona.
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I’m so annoyed with myself that I have yet to read anything by this author. This sounds absolutely amazing! I’ve really been enjoying more fiction lately and need to pick this one up.
I feel like I should wait until this series ends for maximum enjoyment?
I didn’t realize this is a part of a series! When We Left Cuba sounds familiar. I might have to pick these up!
Carole @ Carole's Random Life
We’re review twins today! Wasn’t this book amazing?! I really liked all of the stories we got in this book and found this book hard to put down.
Maureen @ Maureen's Books
This sounds like a wonderful read. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.
I agree that all her books are good, but her historicals have that extra sparkle. So glad to get Isobel’s story.
Anne - Books of My Heart
I really should read this author even though I read little historical fiction.
I was denied this on NetGalley but now I’ve added this to my TRB, it sounds amazing.
I saw and was very interested in her last novel and know I’m more interested. Thank