??Release Day Review ??? 5 Stars to The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton ??

Posted June 16, 2020 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
Also by this author: Fly With Me, , On Broken Wings (Wild Aces, #3), Next Year in Havana
Published by Berkley Books on June 16, 2020
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
ISBN: 0451490886

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In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton's captivating new novel.
Everyone journeys to Key West searching for something. For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.
The Cuban Revolution of 1933 left Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position. After an arranged wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to the stranger she’s married, her new husband’s illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.
Elizabeth Preston's trip from New York to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles as a result of the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.
Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

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?Robbie’s Review?

Congratulations are always in order when an author releases a new book, but I also want to congratulate author Chanel Cleeton for giving me one heck of a ride on The Last Train to Key West! Ms. Cleeton will pull you into the world of the ’30s with it’s post-war and Great Depression lifestyle from the first chapter. Told from the perspectives of three women who find themselves in very different circumstances, you will experience the extreme poverty and hardship of one, the extreme wealth of another, and the extremes to which one is prepared to go to salvage some kind of life for a family decimated by the Crash of 1929. If you are thinking these women have nothing in common, you would be wrong. They are about to be united by one of nature’s most devastating forces – the winds and rain of an epic hurricane.
Historically speaking, the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane remains the strongest hurricane to strike the United States. The author has vividly described this cataclysmic storm through the eyes of each of her characters and, as a person who was raised in South Carolina and currently lives in Florida, I can tell you the way she builds her story is an accurate portrayal of the very real sense of apprehension and helplessness one feels in the face of one of these monsters!
You’re probably thinking that what I’ve written so far doesn’t sound like much of a beach read, and maybe it isn’t in the strictest sense of the term, especially if you are looking for a light-hearted romance or a fanciful mystery. I can promise you a book that will hold your attention until the very last word.  I don’t want to give details that will provide spoilers because each of you deserves the masterful buildup the author achieves as the winds blow you toward the climax. I am going to warn you that you will likely reach a point where you can’t stop reading so you can let your friends or family know you may not be able to leave the beach for a while. I highly recommend this book! If you miss The Last Train to Key West, you are going to miss Chanel Cleeton’s best work so far.
Many Thanks to Berkley Books for the Opportunity to Read and Review The Last Train to Key West!

About Chanel Cleeton

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton 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 years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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