The Cuban Heiress

Berkley. Apr. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9780593440483. pap. $17. F
A doomed 1930s cruise ship and its glittering passengers are the inspiration for the latest novel from popular Cuban American historical fiction writer Cleeton (The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba; Next Year in Havana). As the Morro Castle pulls away from the dock in New York and sets sail for Havana, two women on board harbor potentially deadly secrets. One is a fake heiress desperate to hide her true past from her powerful fiancé. The other, armed and traveling under a false name, awaits her moment in the shadows of the ship, equally desperate to hide from the man she’s hunting. By the novel’s end, secrets will be exposed, the ship will go down in flames, and both women’s lives will be changed forever. This fast-paced story features an appealing mix of mystery, romance, and intrigue while also delivering an unforgettable high-stakes ending that recalls the real-life nautical disaster that befell the Morro Castle. Both of the protagonists are well-developed, and the story is consistently compelling throughout.
VERDICT Highly recommended for readers looking for an engrossing page-turner about wronged women willing to risk everything to turn the tables on dangerous men.
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