Title: A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
Author: Laura Taylor Namey
Read by: Frankie Corzo
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Audio
Length: Approximately 8 hours and 33 minutes
Source: Review Copy from Simon & Shuster Audio. Thank-you!
What is your favorite novel or movie with travel involved?
Lila Reyes has her life planned out for herself as high school ends. She is going to take over her beloved grandmother’s Miami bakery, move in with her best friend, and have a happily ever after relationship with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, her entire world implodes. To help her out, her family decides to send her to England to stay with a family friend to reset. Lila doesn’t want to be in England, but she soon makes a new friend in Orion Maxwell. Orion’s family owns a local tea shop and Orion becomes Lila’s tour guide to England. Will Lila be able to determine a new direction to her life?
I love books where there is a lot of cooking involved. Lila is a master chef of Cuban food, which she learned from her beloved abuela. She is able to use her skills to update recipes, save the day in England and impress new friends.
This is a young adult novel, and the romance is clean. There is some swearing and drinking in the novel. I liked that the novel delves into how Lila has problems dealing with her grief and how she is able to work through it and mature while she is in England. I also loved the romance in the novel and thought it was very sweet. I most of all loved how Lila loved her family so much and was so proud of her Cuban – Miami heritage.
The only downfall of this book to me is that it took me a bit to get into the story. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on in the beginning with Lila’s being sent to England. Once I put the pieces together and the story progressed, I enjoyed it much more.
I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Frankie Corzo. Corzo was a great voice actor and was Lila to me, but also had different voices for the other characters. I enjoyed listening to it.
“She forgets that what she does in one small moment can affect tomorrow.”
“Thing is, when you put something back together it’s never exactly the same as it was before.”
“I’ve grown to find peace and acceptance in not fighting what I can’t control.”
Overall, A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is a fun young adult novel about finding yourself and perhaps love while on a trip to England.