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

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 12/24/20-12/25/20

How I Found It: Instagram

When I first saw the cover art for this novel, I immediately put this in my TBR. My entire culture is white American, so it is always fascinating to learn about other cultures and how they see the world. To my friends interested in the Cuban American experience, or just interested in baking/food, stick around for this one.

Lila has experienced the ultimate trifecta: the death of her abuela, a break up, and her best friend moving to Africa. After finally breaking down, her family makes the tough decision to ship her to England for the summer so that she can reassess her life. Upon staying with her aunt in her inn, Lila starts to find ways that she can use her passion for baking to help her aunt. Soon, she begins incorporating the Cuban desserts she learned from her abuela with the tastes of England. Add in a cute boy to taste test, and soon Lila finds herself falling in love with England. But her time there is limited, and saying goodbye will never be easy.

I absolutely loved this novel. Truly, there is something so incredibly comforting about finding yourself in the midst of a crisis. At the time of writing this review, we are still suffering from the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means that pretty much every moment right now feels like a minor crisis. To have someone talk about a completely normal crisis, but find a way to make us feel a sense of ease at the end of the novel is incredibly needed right now. So, Laura Taylor Namey, if you are reading this, thank you for this novel.

But let’s get into the nitty gritty. I think that this book had a lot of really unique characteristics. While I have read books that include cooking references, I think that Namey found a way of making them her own. I will admit that there were moments that I felt like the story was rushed, especially at the very end of the novel. There were some things that I wish would have been wrapped while Lila was still in England. But overall, this book was really really incredible. I am going to give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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