Scoundrels and imposters galore in The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton, a page-turning mash-up of historical fiction and mystery/thriller.
The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton
Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Cruise Ship (between New York and Havana, Cuba)
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My Summary of The Cuban Heiress:
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Inspired by the true and tragic sinking of the SS Morro Castle in 1934, The Cuban Heiress is the imagined story of two imposters, a New York heiress named Catherine and a (dead) woman known as Elena and their intertwined lives. As the voyage gets underway, Catherine’s life is threatened and she joins forces with a jewel thief. Elena is dead, or so everyone thinks. She seeks revenge and fights to right the wrong done to her. Danger is everywhere for Catherine and Elena and they must risk everything to see justice served.
Imposters, Scoundrels, and Pageturning Action
Imposters and scoundrels galore! If you love a story with unreliable narrators and wonder if any one of them is endearing, you might enjoy this unpredictable and page-turning tale of mystery, revenge, and intrigue.
If you’re weary of predictable plots, you might enjoy The Cuban Heiress filled with imposters, scoundrels, and twists and turns.
The Cuban Heirness is a mashup of genres: historical fiction + women’s fiction + mystery + suspense + a side of romance (closed door). I enjoy a highly engaging mix of genres!
I hesitate to say too much about the plot because the fun is in its twists and turns, the unpredictability, and the unraveling. However, I can say that it’s fast-paced and unputdownable from the first page. I think of this as a perfect escapist read for a weekend getaway or a beach/vacation read (or staycation).
I must note that in-depth character development is sacrificed for page-turning suspense/thriller/intrigue. If you’re looking for an escapist read, this might be fine for you as it was for me.
Interesting themes include women supporting women, friendship, and revenge.
Having read Chanel Cleeton’s last few releases, I can say that she is becoming an auto-buy author for me. I love her storytelling, the page-turning action, likable characters, and compelling plots. I also appreciate limited profanity and closed-door romance. Her stories are not heavily agenda driven which provides a relaxed reading experience (for me since that’s one of my pet peeves). Books I’ve read by Cleeton and reviewed: The Last Train to Key West, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, and Our Last Days in Barcelona.
Recommending The Cuban Heiress
I recommend The Cuban Heiress for fans of Cleeton and for readers who love a women’s fiction/histfic/mystery mashup. In addition, this book is certainly highly discussable for book clubs.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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It is always ideal to not be able to predict a narrative.
I found your comment in spam! Sorry for the delay in responding, Jamie. The only time I like predictable is when I need a serious comfort read …. no thinking and no surprises!
I like Cleeton. I am trying to make my way through her other series. She is consistently good. I will have to check this out!
Happy Cleeton reading!
Such a unique setting, Carol! Glad you enjoyed this so much. Thanks for sharing! 😀
Always fun to read something a bit different!
Great review, Carol. I hope to read it soon.
Thanks Gina! It’s a good one! Enjoy!
I’m not sure this one is for me, but it does sound good!
Different from my usual reads in a good way! Right book, right time perhaps.
I do enjoy Cleeton’s books and this one has just zipped up my TBR. I can see me reading this by the pool and just thoroughly enjoying it. I also like a mix of genres in a book, it makes it so unpredictable. Great review, Carol.
Yes! Definitely a fun pool book! Happy reading!