I am so excited to be taking part in the book tour of Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow. Huge thanks to Hear Our Voices Book Tours and the publisher to giving me a free copy of this gorgeous book.
PUBLISHER : Simon and Schuster
RELEASE DATE : Nov. 10, 2020
GENRE : YA Fiction
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.
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is hands down the cutest romance novel I have ever read. I honestly did not expect to love it so much. The book is perfect in so many ways, and I just can’t stop gushing about it and begging everyone to read this gorgeous book.
So the story is about Lydia Rodriguez (Lila), a seventeen-year-old Cuban girl living in Miami. She has plans to take over the family bakery, La Paloma established by her beloved Abuela (Grandmother). She loves to bake and learned all about baking from her beloved grandmother. Baking is like second nature to her and a safe place. The troubles begin when what in her own words is a trifecta. Her precious grandmother leaves the world, and within two months of her death, her best friend abandoned her and her boyfriend of three years dumped her right before prom.
A heartbroken Lila couldn’t cope with it all and started hurting herself to relieve the pain. Her family, unable to see her in so much grief, decided to send her to England to their honorary cousin Cate, to distract her from the current situations. However, chilly and damp Winchester is totally different from the vibrant and warm Miami she grew up in. But, things turn out to be not as bad as they seemed to be. She finds a caring friend group that takes her in and finds ways to fall in love again.
The thing I loved the most about the book is that Lila is in no ways perfect. She has her flaws, and her quirks and this makes her so very relatable, making the story seem much more real. Another thing which I just can’t get enough of is the romance between Lila and Orion. They were the sweetest, and I just couldn’t stop obsessing over their relationship.
Each and every page of the book is laced with sugary goodness. I couldn’t stop drooling at the mention of so many baked goodies, Guava pastelito, pan Cubano, lemon biscuits, lemon pound cake and the list can go on and on. Namey has done an amazing job in crafting a novel which is so sweet and flavourful, just like the guava pastelito Lila used to make.
1. “So I wanted you to choose a future that’s first and foremost yours alone. Not to belong to me. I want you to belong with me.”
2. “Impossible. I’d heard this word before and pounded it like a hard coconut shell. Then I used the rich, white flesh to make a cake.”
3. “Thing is, when you put something back together it’s never exactly the same as it was before.”
4. “His are large and ocean-deep enough to draw me in for drowning, his own siren song. This black suited boy hugs me again.”
5. “I hold back too and remain like the last-minute toppings of things. My stories are dusted powdered sugar and mango glaze. I can’t tell my friend about the thick, bittersweet fillings of castles and vanilla black tea, or the rich, spongy cake of new friends and songs. I can’t talk about the motorbike wind and green and stone I baked into crusty bread and into the baker.”
6. “it’s hard to concentrate on picking an outfit when my mind is acting like a sort of wardrobe of its own. My thoughts are hung with recent images— old friends and news about ex- boyfriends and beaches and unanswered questions.”
7. “Now a smile, the kind where quick lips plus gleaming teeth plus dimpled cheeks equals hazard. For some girls. Not me. Obviously.”
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.