It's 1934 and the United States is in the depths of the Great Depression. But the wealthy continue to live the life of luxury. Catherine and her wealthy fiancé Raymond plan to celebrate their engagement with a week-long cruise to Cuba on the ship the Morro Castle. But Catherine is not the New York heiress she is pretending to be. And soon after leaving the port, it is clear to her that someone wants her dead. Elena, another young woman on the luxury liner, is also hiding a secret and it's a big one - she's not dead as everyone thinks. And she's out for revenge and needs to return to Havana.
Six of Chanel Cleeton's novels delve into Cuban history. Each one is an enjoyable book. In Cleeton's latest, The Cuban Heiress, most of the action takes place on the ship so the feel of this book is a bit different but is no less entertaining. It is filled with lots of mystery and intrigue but never gets too heavy. And it is always an added bonus when reading historical fiction, I learn something new. I had not heard of the SS Morro Castle and its tragic history. I also found it fascinating that, in part due to Prohibition, the ship became a legal means to enjoy a non-stop drinking party. This fast-moving story featuring two strong women kept me riveted.
Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for providing an advance copy.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: April 11, 2023.
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