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The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,984 ratings  ·  366 reviews
At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s captivating new novel inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman–Evangelina Cisneros–who changed the course of history.

A feud rages in Gilded Age New York City between newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hear
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Berkley
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Taylor I have found that while characters in this series all enter into each others books, they can all be read as stand alone books. This book in particular…moreI have found that while characters in this series all enter into each others books, they can all be read as stand alone books. This book in particular felt separate because it was set during the Spanish-American War and prior to the Perez daughters from other books.(less)

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Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This book features three revolutionary women, who at the end of the nineteenth century, fought for freedom. The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba is inspired by real life events and the true story of Evangelina Cisneros!

This book features three women:

Evangelina Cisneros - is thrown in jail in the beginning of the book as a rebel during the Cuban War on Independence. She is dubbed "The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba" by the press to both sell papers and raise awareness of the plight in Cuba.

Grace Harringt
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Once again, Chanel Cleeton has fulfilled my expectations for historical fiction - to teach me something new while telling a good story. Here, it concerns the Cuban War of independence from Spain, which took place from 1895-98. The story has three main characters, one of whom was real. Evangelina Cisneros, imprisoned by the Spanish on accusations of insurrection, was dubbed “the most beautiful woman in Cuba” to raise awareness about the war by reporters, especially those employed by William Rando ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
This novel. My goodness.
I never learned about Cuban history during the 1800s (thanks, American Education System), so the amount of history that was woven into this narrative was absolutely fascinating and shocking. I learned more about my culture's history, was introduced to three strong protagonists who all show their own resilience in very different ways, and fell in love with another Chanel Cleeton story again.

I do wish we focused the story more around Evangelina and Marina rather than Grace
Natasha Lester
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grace Harrington is my new favourite heroine. I was absolutely fascinated by the world of stunt girl reporters and newspaper wars that she throws herself into, just as I was equal parts enthralled and heartbroken by the story of Evangelina Cisneros, the most beautiful – and courageous – girl in Cuba. And how wonderful to meet another member of the Perez family – the plucky Marina, whose story intertwines with the other women's. Nobody writes about Cuban women – their lives, their loves and their ...more
Pam Jenoff
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by actual events, this story is about 18 year old Evangelina, who is imprisoned in late 19th century Cuba, as well as Grace, the American reporter who is trying to free her with the help of Marina, a courier working for the revolutionaries. This book is both explosive and compelling. Out May 4th!
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1896 and New York City’s Park Row is a battlefield between two rival publishers: William Randolph Hearst (New York Journal) and Joseph Pulitzer (New York World). It is a time of “yellow journalism” when the press often greatly exaggerates and even creates the news. Socialite Grace Harrington wants to be the next Nellie Bly and finds herself as a “stunt girl” reporter for Hearst. When word of beautiful, eighteen-year-old Evangelina Cisneros’s imprisonment in Cuba for her role in an attack of ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed learning about the subject matter in this book. I have never read a book previously on the Cuban Revolution and really didn't know much about it. The plot of the story was very interesting and I found it to be quite a page turner because I really wanted to know what was going to happen next.

That said, I found the character development in this book to be a bit lacking. It seemed to focus a lot on the characters so I should have felt more connected to them, but I didn't.
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

It feels as though we are waiting to die here, growing mad minute by minute, our bones aging, the life leeching from us.

My debut was far from a splash, more like a slow drizzle, and now at twenty-five, unmarried and living with my mother’s eccentric sister, I am hardly marriage material.

In my current attire, everyone makes a concerted effort not to make eye contact with me as I pass by them. My appearance provides the perfect opportunity to work as a courier because no one, least
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
So far, I have read all 4 of Chanel Cleeton’s historical fiction novels and have enjoyed all of them. Starting with Next Year in Havana , which first introduced us to the Perez family and their subsequent exodus from Cuba, then later her follow-up novel When We Left Cuba , where she continued the family’s story after their arrival in the United States, to last year’s standalone novel The Last Train to Key West , and now her most recent release The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba , Cleeto ...more
Why have I taken so long to read Chanel Cleeton? I am not a huge historical fiction reader but I enjoy it from time to time, especially if it features strong female characters like in The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba. This was told via multiple perspectives, all adding to the overall story. And what a story it was!

Evangelina Cisneros is thrown in jail as a rebel during the Cuban War on Independence. She is dubbed "The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba" by the press. Telling the tale of her imprisonment
Literary Redhead
Gorgeous writing, impeccable research and three courageous female characters make this a must-read for any historical fiction lover!

The title protagonist, Evangelina Cisneros, is unfairly incarcerated in the late 1890s, stuck in an infamous Havana jail. She’s among many oppressed Cubans who yearn for freedom from Spain, and is based on one of Cuba’s real heroines.

Randolph Hearst and his influential press take up her cause, naming her “The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba” in a ploy to sell papers a
Joan Happel
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This newest addition to Cleeton’s sublime Cuba series, does not disappoint! Set in 1896 to 1898, the years leading up to the Spanish American War, the story alternates between three fascinating and courageous women. The first is the real Evangelina Cisneros, who American newspapers have named dubbed “The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba”. Evangelina is imprisoned in Havana and William Randolph Hearst sets out to orchestrate her escape and use her as the impetus for American to declare war on Spain. S ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Once again I am completely blown away at how beautifully this author can create a story and transport me back in time and right into the heart of this country and all it's glory and sadness. I absolutely loved the storyline of these amazing women and their journey at finding not only themselves along the way but a life and love of country as well.
This was absolutely amazing and such a wonderful addition to this series/time line. I was swept away with these amazing characters, their history and
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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I really enjoyed this book! I have read and enjoyed two other historical fiction novels set in Cuba from this author so I went into this book knowing what to expect. I had hoped that this would be another book with fantastic characters, a vivid setting, and a story that would make me think, and that is exactly what I got. The story grabbed me early on and I found it to be a story that was easy to lose myself in for hours at a time. I
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton is an outstanding historical fictional novel capturing the events of 1890s Cuba under Spanish oppression.

I have now read or listened to all four of Cleeton’s historical fiction books based on Cuban history and oh my goodness I think this is my favorite! They’re all phenomenal but this one has something special I can’t quite put my finger on.

This story features three strong female protagonists which follows suit with previous books. The women are
Jun 05, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I gave up on this story after about 78 of its 362 pages.

I was so disappointed because I read the first three books in the series (Next Year in Havana, When We Left Cuba, and The Last Train to Key West) and really enjoyed them (especially When We Left Cuba) and they all proudly hold a spot in my guest room bookcase.

As with the others, this book focuses on a real-life Perez ancestor of the author, Chanel Cleeton; but with the added bonus of another factual, historical personage as well - "the Mos
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba is an exceptionally well-written historical fiction novel from one of my favorite authors, Chanel Cleeton. It's a story of three very different women, caught in the war for independence between Cuba and Spain in the nineteenth century. Grace Harrington is one of few female reporters, working for the New York paper, the Journal. Marina Perez is a wife of a revolutionary and a courier who delivers messages for the independence fighters. Evangelina Cisneros, a real-l ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2021
One of my favorite go-to authors, Chanel Cleeton can do no wrong. I love her books. Her latest, The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, centers around three strong women in the 1890’s, each unique in their own right; American reporter Grace, Marina a secret courier for the Cuban revolutionary’s, and Evangelina Cisneros who’s unfairly jailed in an infamous Cuban prison.

William Randolph Hearst and his press take up Evangelinas cause, sending a journalist to Cuba to help plan her escape from Recogidas pr
The Lit Bitch
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been a big fan of Chanel Cleeton for a while now. I have loved all her books and whenever I see that she has a new book coming out, I fan-girl pretty hard! But this book in particular made me really fan-girl. Most of Cleeton’s have a strong historical fiction component but it’s mostly 1930s or 1950s/60s time period, which is fine but its truthfully not my favorite time in history.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Cleeton’s books but historically, the modern era isn’t my fav, but when I saw this
Deanne Patterson
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanne by:
Though the author has many other books that look fabulous this is my first read by her.
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba is based on many true events that took place.
I absolutely love reading historical fiction because of what I learn from them.
The author has put in double time doing her research for this one I do believe!
It was fascinating to learn so many facts that were previously unknown to me such as the fierce circulation war between William Randolph Hearst Sr. and Joseph Pulitzer. Hearst go
May 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
I don't even know where to start with this book. I am very picky about historical fiction and train wrecks like this book are the reason why. The subject matter and time period should have made this book an interesting read, rather than a painful slog to the finish. Cleeton's writing style definitely leaves something to be desired. I wasn't expecting Dickens but this book is, sadly, very shallow. The language is overly dramatic, yet inadequate at the same time. I found much of it juvenile and ma ...more
Jasmine Dale
May 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-read
I know I'm in the minority here and maybe I am just chasing the feelings of a newly discovered debut author for when I read Next Year in Havana... but this one was just ok for me. I feel like there could be so much MORE. And the woman the book is named after was the least interesting woman. It was very fantastical. And I didn't enjoy how all the women were portrayed. ...more
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
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Thank you to Berkley Pub and NetGalley for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

I don't read a lot of historical fiction but I really love Chanel Cleeton's writing. It's always a great history lesson on a part of history that may not be very well known. Her stories are captivating and you get very invested in the characters. Her books are definitely page turners. I enjoyed The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba which focuses on Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain and the Spanish
Inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman–Evangelina Cisneros, the Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba quickly pulled me in.

Cuba has been invaded by Spain and three times the Cubans have unsuccessfully tried to overturn their rule. Many people in Cuba and in the United States support Cuba’s freedom. In an attempt to shed light on the war, all while selling more papers and swaying the public and President of the United States, two newspapers vie for headlines.

Newspaper ty
I enjoyed Chanel Cleeton's newest historical novel. The Most Beautiful Girl In Cuba is set in the 1890's and the time period is significant. It is the Gilded Age in New York City where "society" lives extravagantly while the poor suffer. "Yellow Journalism" is present with over the top news stories, particularly by Hearst's New York Journal. Cuba is controlled by Spain while many Cubans live in poverty fighting for independence.

I was mostly unaware of details of the United States' involvement i
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Chanel Cleeton does it again. I've loved all the books on this series. The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba follows three women; Grace Harrington, Evangelina Cisneros, and Marina Perez. Grace fights for her shot to be a journalist in a time where female were expected to find husbands and attend society events. Evangelina was imprisoned in Havana, but makes the front page of the newspaper that Grace works for in New York. She becomes a idol for those trying to survive in Cuba. Marina works as a secret ...more
Sue Em
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting history of a little known period, especially the rivalry between Hearst and Pulitzer as exemplified by Grace, society deb turned reporter. The Cuban characters didn't affect me at all. So a little disappointed as loved her previos books. ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
The year is 1896 and Grace Harrington wants to make it as a journalist in New York City. Many of her contemporaries are interested in settling down to start a family, but not Grace. She is an unconventional woman who wants to be the next big female journalist. She finally lands her dream job with The New York Journal. Meanwhile in Cuba, the story follows Evangelina Cisneros, a young girl imprisoned in a horrible women's jail in Cuba. Evangelina is a real-life Cuban rebel and she longs for a free ...more
❛The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba❜ is a provocative mixture of passion, intrigue, and controversy.

❝Viva Cuba Libre,❞ I whisper to him, the cry for a free Cuba forever in my heart. ❝Viva Cuba Libre,❞ he echoes fiercely.

There have been times in my life as a book reviewer where I don't feel worthy reviewing a book, where I felt my words weren't eloquent enough to adequately and thoroughly describe the story, the emotions I experienced, and the enjoyment I felt for the book I just read. And never
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is Historical Fiction about the fight for Cuban Independence around the turn of the 20th century. I enjoyed the historical part of this. I don't know much about Cuban history and this made my heart ache for the Cuban people.

This is the 4th book that I've read by this author. She seems to be a solid 4 stars for me. I like the ease that she puts into her characters. The women are vulnerable, strong, and believable. And I like her stories about Cuba and its people. But I will say this one thi
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Chanel Cleeton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana, When We Left Cuba, The Last Train to Key West, and The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba.

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 y

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