Wednesday, April 12, 2023

The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton

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.

Kindle edition, 336 pages
Published April 11, 2023
 by Berkley
4/5 stars

On board the SS Morro Castle, a luxurious cruise ship in 1934, I was introduced to two women with mysterious pasts and a jewel thief. The ship was headed to Havana, Cuba, taking place in the midst of the Great Depression this ship was filled with both high society and those from lower classes.

The book opens with a gripping scene and maintains a steady pace throughout. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the mystery with a cast of both likeable and suspicious characters. While there were moments where I had to suspend my disbelief, I was captivated by the story.

I appreciated how the story reflected the historical context of the time. The author's notes, the history lesson, and the distinction between fictional and historical characters is always appreciated in a HF read.  As someone who was not familiar with this particular period in history, I found it all the more fascinating.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. The Cuban Heiress released yesterday.

My thanks to Berkley for a digital arc in exchange for a honest review.

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