The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2021
10 hours 50 minutes
Named one of 2021’s Most Anticipated Historical Novels and Best Beach Reads by Entertainment Weekly ∙ Oprah Magazine ∙ Travel + Leisure ∙ BuzzFeed ∙ Parade ∙ PopSugar ∙ Bustle ∙ SheReads ∙ Brit + Co and more!

“An exciting and inspiring read that shows us how womanhood, courage and revolution are three words that often mean the same thing.”―NPR

At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton's captivating new novel inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman—Evangelina Cisneros—who changed the course of history.

A feud rages in Gilded Age New York City between newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. When Grace Harrington lands a job at Hearst's newspaper in 1896, she’s caught in a cutthroat world where one scoop can make or break your career, but it’s a story emerging from Cuba that changes her life.

Unjustly imprisoned in a notorious Havana women's jail, eighteen-year-old Evangelina Cisneros dreams of a Cuba free from Spanish oppression. When Hearst learns of her plight and splashes her image on the front page of his paper, proclaiming her, 'The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba,' she becomes a rallying cry for American intervention in the battle for Cuban independence.  

With the help of Marina Perez, a courier secretly working for the Cuban revolutionaries in Havana, Grace and Hearst's staff attempt to free Evangelina. But when Cuban civilians are forced into reconcentration camps and the explosion of the USS Maine propels the United States and Spain toward war, the three women must risk everything in their fight for freedom.
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Karen H.

I was very disappointed with the book because I was looking forward to a story occurring during a period that I knew little about, was likely well-researched, and had good reviews. I enjoy stories that go back and forth in time and come from different perspectives. Sadly, by the middle of the book I was gritting my teeth at each cliche which came by the dozens, many of which were repeatedly used. I gave up counting “heart pounding” and started groaning when I heard it. I wasn’t sure I could listen to the entire story which was filled with one hackneyed phrase after another. Furthermore, the language of the narrators telling the story ( not the readers) was anachronistic and the descriptions of situations, conditions and history often pedantic. It’s a bad sign when you’re editing while listening and wondering where were the editors? The story concept was intriguing and well-researched but the writing needed a lot of help.

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Very interesting story of Cuba in the late 1800's seeking their independence from Spain. Told by 3 women, the woman dubbed The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, a reporter, and a Cuban woman involved in the resistance.

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