by Laura Taylor Namey
Warnings: Death and Dementia
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.
Playlist for ‘A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow’:
⭐️What a Girl Wants – Christina Aguilera
⭐️Blackbird – The Beatles
⭐️Fall Apart Too – Katelyn Tarver
⭐️Me Prometo – Nia Ocean
⭐️Lost Stars – Adam Levine
⭐️Tu Sangre en mi Cuerpo – Angela Aguilar
⭐️Rie y Llora – Celia Cruz
⭐️Suavemente – Elvis Crespo
⭐️Here For You – Peter Fenn
⭐️Havana – Camila Cabello
⭐️London Boy -Taylor Swift
The ‘A Cuban’s Girl Guide to Tea and Tomorrow’ is perfect for fans of…
⭐️Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
⭐️Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
⭐️Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
⭐️The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
⭐️With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
REVIEW: A Cuban’s Girl Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
by Laura Taylor Namey
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 Stars out of 5 Stars
Review: Possible Spoilers (read w/caution)
After having a trifecta of losses, Lila was forced onto a plane by family and sent to Winchester, England to live with her Tia for the summer. The Miami born and bred Lila finds herself in uncharted territory figuring out her self and her future.
From the beginning, Lila is a strong-minded, stubborn and passionate young Cubana that holds everything in. Lila struggled to accept her situation in Winchester. However, she found new relationship with new friends, her family (her tia) and possible romance. The relationships were build out of trust and zero judgement. It was refreshing to see friendship blossom organically and not forced. Communication was key and how the group friends genuinely wanted the best for each other.
It was also nice to see family bonds that I could relate to. I saw my family in Lila’s familia. They loved her and wanted the best for her. The familial love is evident throughout the entire book and not just Lila’s familial love.
Lila as a character was interesting and relatable. She loves baking. She is passionate about what she sets her mind to. Lila is a filial daughter who loved her abuela. Her confidence was backed up by her achievements.
The clash of cultures, Cuban and British, brought two world’s together to make the perfect dessert. The author infused many culture elements and showed throughout the novel despite the many, and different, traditions.
The reason this novel wasn’t a five star read was due to the pacing and romance. I enjoyed the romance but going from a 3 year relationship break up to a cute London Boy (Yes, Taylor Swift Reference) in months was like WHOA. The novel ended with a pretty bow but I wanted to see the romance flushed out a bit more. Furthermore, the novel is extremely fast paced. Due to the novel being fast paced, I felt as if some things weren’t fully flushed out and just breezed over.
All in all, the novel was fun and witty. I lost track of time when I was reading that I finished it in hours.
OH!!! Beware, do not read this book on an empty stomach!!! I literally wanted to try everything Lila looked and baked. Also, I need my own Orion to find my cup of tea.
Thank You Simon and Schuster for sending me an arc in exchange for a review.