Hello Bookish Fam!🦄
First of, I’d love to once again thank Hear Our Voices Book Tours for allowing me to be apart of yet another one of their tours to help support #OwnVoices authors get their books out in the world. Thank you to Simon and Schuster and the author for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Before I get into my review and author interview, I’d like to share the excerpt with everyone who might want to read this book.
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.
Warning for my review, it may have some spoiler content in it but nothing super major but for those who don’t want to be spoiled at all you can just scroll on down 🙂
I want to start out by saying that I’m not Cuban at all but, I am Mexican American. When I was reading this book it felt like a breath of fresh air to my families culture (on my moms side) While I don’t speak any fluent spanish at all and my mom has kind of lost touch with it a little, she still knows a lot and in my families daily life we use spanish words for just small things like my sister and my mom will ask my kids if they have “sticky manos” referring to their messy hands. Asking my kids if they have “mocos” (boogers). If she wants them to stay away from something like the dark closet she will say there could be a “coo cooi” (a monster) in the closet. Being able to take these little things and see them in this book was very special and hit a soft spot in my heart.
You start to hurt and feel for the main character, Lila as she is going through what she has title “The Trifecta.” After her boyfriend dumps her, she loses her abuela, and then her best friends leaves her to go to Africa but she also never even told her she was considering going. Lila kind of just continues to spiral down into a dark phase in her life because she felt like she had lost everything she loved. Her sister Pilar gets worried and finds her sister far from home and just a complete mess. Her parents are worried for her personal health so they decide with out telling her that she is going to England to be with who lives there. Lila feels betrayed and I don’t blame her. She had a plan with her sister Pilar to start running her abuelas shop “La Palomas” and now she is being sent to a different country for 3 months!
After a while she gets used to the fact that there is no way she was able to get out of this and tries to do what she can to make the best of it. It just takes a little time for her. What I love most about the entire story as a whole is she takes what she has learned from her abuela about Cuban food and tries to make new pastries and dishes with English twists. Everything she makes, everyone loves to a level that she didn’t really expect.
The only thing that could have made me it even better for me was more romance but it also was a good amount for it a travel romcom. You got to imagine all the amazing places that her travel guide took her through and all the different teas she got to try.
I’m an avid tea drinker so my imagination ran so wild in Orion’s family tea shop, I think I could have lived in the shop FOREVER and been 1000% happy as a clam. Sampling all the different teas and sorting through the shipments.
Orion and his family also have a lot on their plate with a situation with his mother that completely TEARS MY HEART TO PIECES!!!
I’m giving this book a 5 star rating because it gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings. Even though I would have loved more romance in it but that doesn’t mean it different have a great amount in it. I’m just a sucker for love stories is all
If you are interested in reading A Cuban Girls Guide To Tea And Tomorrow it’s available for preorder right now and releases on November 10,2020. Preorders are amazing for all out fellow authors for so if you can please do! Add it to your TBR on Goodreads as well to show your love in more ways!
Thank you for taking the time to enjoy this blog post and celebrate this amazing Own Voice author and her new release!