Hii everyone! Today’s my stop on the book tour of A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey. The tour is being hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours. I’ll be sharing my review on the book as well. 🧡
Book : A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow
Author : Laura Taylor Namey
Genre : Contemporary
Personal Rating : 5/5
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Publication Date : 10th of November, 2020
For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart.
Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.
A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.
WHAT AN ADORABLE BOOK! I knew I’d love reading A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow the moment I saw “Tea” on the title, but the story exceeded all my expectations. I’ve read a few books surrounding Latinx characters this year, and I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THE CULTURE. I’m really glad that I got the chance to read ACGGTTAT and meet such a wonderful cast of characters. Thanks to Hear Our Voices Book Tours for having me on the blog tour!
A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow is a beautiful story of family, friendship and coping with grief amongst the people who care the most about you. It took me on Lila’s journey of self-discovery in the most unexpected of places. I’ve never lost a close family member to death, but somehow, I had no trouble connecting with Lila through her struggles. She was a bold character, with her own opinions and a stubborn attitude – and I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved her. Her passion for baking won my heart. Also, while we’re on this topic, I should mention that ACGGTTAT is filled with delicious descriptions of food, so make sure you’re not hungry while reading Lila’s story, hehe.
My favorite part of the book was definitely Lila and Orion’s friendship. IT WAS SO WHOLESOME OMG. I loved how naturally they got to know about each other, without any awkwardness getting involved, considering that both of them were from different countries. I already adored Lila and Orion’s scenes in the book, so their romance felt like cherry on top of the cake for me.
I’ll definitely recommend ACGGTTAT if you’re in the mood for a sweet and fluffy contemporary, but don’t mind getting emotional along the way.
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Laura Taylor Namey is a Cuban-American Californian who can be found haunting her favorite coffee shops, drooling over leather jackets, and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two superstar children.
This former teacher writes young adult novels about quirky teens learning to navigate life and love. Her debut, The Library of Lost Things, published 10/08/19 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins. Her #ownvoices sophomore project, A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO TEA AND TOMORROW is coming November 10, 2020 from Atheneum Simon and Schuster, with a third title to follow fall 2021.
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