The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton

April 11th, 2023 Kimberly Review 20 Comments

11th Apr

I look forward to Chanel Cleeton’s releases and devoured The Cuban Heiress. The story takes place aboard the SS Morro Castle. History buffs will remember its tragic tale, and what happens on board will intrigue you as we get to know an heiress and a dead woman.

The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton
The Cuban Heiress
by Chanel Cleeton
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
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In 1934, a luxury cruise becomes a fight for survival as two women’s pasts collide on a round-trip voyage from New York to Havana in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton's page-turning new novel inspired by the true story of the SS Morro Castle.

New York heiress Catherine Dohan seemingly has it all. There’s only one problem. It’s a lie. As soon as the Morro Castle leaves port, Catherine’s past returns with a vengeance and threatens her life. Joining forces with a charismatic jewel thief, Catherine must discover who wants her dead—and why.

Elena Palacio is a dead woman. Or so everyone thinks. After a devastating betrayal left her penniless and on the run, Elena’s journey on the Morro Castle is her last hope. Steeped in secrecy and a burning desire for revenge, her return to Havana is a chance to right the wrong that has been done to her—and her prey is on the ship.

As danger swirls aboard the Morro Castle and their fates intertwine, Elena and Catherine must risk everything to see justice served once and for all.

historical mystery SUSPENSE well written

The Cuban Heiress was an addictive tale that takes us aboard the SS Morro Castle on a round-trip journey from New York to Cuba. The tale takes place in 1934 and passengers are looking to escape from the pressures of one of the worst years during the Great Depression.

The passengers we meet aren’t at all as they seem. We have Catherine Dohan, a New York Heiress who boards with her finance and his young daughter. Then there is Elena Palacio, a dead woman. Also on board are Harry, a polished and charismatic thief, and Julio, a Cuban smuggler.

The tale that unfolds held me captive from romantic aspects to murder. It had a tight tension as we learned more about the characters. While the story isn’t steeped in as much history as her previous books, so many aspects ring true for the period from Elena’s supposed death to Catherine’s clever escapades.

Cleeton paints realistic tales and characters you are drawn to. From the first page to the last, I slipped away and was a passenger, observing all that occurred.

The two stories slowly entwine in this fast-paced tale until I could barley set the book down. It all came together as the ship caught fire. But the story doesn’t end there as Cleeton shares what happened to the survivors.

Bravo! I look forward to the next story Cleeton shares with us. Fans of historical fiction with a side-dish of romance will want to take the Cuban Heiress for a sail down the Atlantic.

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About Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton is the USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana. Originally from Florida, Chanel 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 & 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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20 Responses to “The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton”

  1. Sophie

    OK that’s it! I thought about reading Chanel Cleeton’s books before but now it’s decided! I am adding that one for next month. Thank you for the review!

  2. Lover of Romance

    Wow! What a stellar review you have of this one. I have been really intrigued by her historical fiction and love the aspects of mystery and the two plot lines combining. Definitely want to pick this one up once I get through her romances.

  3. Katherine

    I’ve had this author on my TBR for years and this one especially appeals to me because of the mystery element. I’m really looking forward to reading this one. Great review!