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7 Reasons why you should read – A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

I love this book so much! According to me these are the seven reasons – why you should add “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” to your to-be-read list right now…

  • One of the major reasons for you to pick up this novel is that it is an OV book. A POC protagonist. Ms. Laura has beautifully described her Cuban culture in this book and I’m super impressed and now I want to visit Cuba *puppy eyes*
  • The story creates an ever-lasting impression that we are the only ones to create our destiny and live our life on our terms. This is a story of self-discovery and choosing the right things for ourselves is paramount.
  • There’s so much food. I mean wow!! All the descriptions are so drooling and everyone loves Lila’s food. The plethora of Cuban dishes that are sprinkled throughout, just makes the book all the way more interesting to read and will satisfy your “soul” and “hunger”.
  • The book clearly defines three important aspects of one’s life – family, friends, and love. Orion Maxwell is such a sweetheart. I adore his character and everything about him feels like a true gentleman. The most important person in Lila’s life is her sister and support system – Pilar. Although Lila acts quite immaturely in the beginning and her stubbornness and her way of “know it all” comes out to be irritating but in the long run she come to the terms that whatever her family did was for her benefit only.
  • With the introduction to Winchester, England you will instantly be transported to that place and it feels fantastic. I love Lila’s tours of Winchester and who would mind a handsome tour guide like Orion Maxwell?? The scenery, stargazing, walking all the way 300 steps to a picturesque place, riding on Millie (motorcycle) were some of the highlights of the book. I felt Winchester playing a huge role as a backdrop was a plus point.
  • All the characters are relatable and I’m sure you’ll love Lila. Wonderfully narrated and the story moves very smoothly. All the characters are shown in an equal light, giving hints all about their life wherever needed and very well described. Language is lucid and great fluency in the narration. An additional point that I got to learn many new words of Spanish (plus points for that).
  • Overall, this is a young adult rom-com, the story of Lila Reyes is on treading on the path of self-righteousness and discovering herself the way she never planned. Giving the novel a top-notch touch are the enchanting characters, mouth-watering descriptions of food, cozy vibes of Winchester, and marvelous setting.

About the Author – Laura Taylor Namey

5 Questions with Laura Taylor Namey, Author of The Library of Lost Things

Laura is a Cuban-American Californian who can be found haunting her favorite coffee shops, drooling over leather jackets, and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two superstar children.

This former teacher writes young adult novels about quirky teens learning to navigate life and love. Her debut, THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS was published on 10/08/19. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is her second book.

“I don’t need to talk about my losses. I need to unlose them”

Laura Taylor Namey

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