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A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

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That doesn’t mean Lila can’t be devastated by them – but if she is feeling them to the point of self-harm, she needs a therapist, instead of – or at least in addition to – a trip to England. She is a proud Cuban-American and can be found hunting for vintage treasures and wishing she was in London or Paris. There’s a whole subplot of a London band that comes to the little town of Winchester and tries to woo one of Lila’s new friends away from her band and into theirs.

Lila shows her feelings through food and you can tell she really enjoys feeding Orion and his family, getting a chance to share her knowledge and passion for her Cuban cuisine but also adapting some of those recipes to also include English flavours and combinations. I expected something good, but it felt really lackluster and it may have been because of my expectations.I adored the side-characters, Jules in particular, and loved the addition of music and Spanish language throughout— esto fue hermoso. I really want Orion in my life because he whisks Lila away on a motorbike, eating her food and mostly making sure that Lila loves cold, dreary England. Purchasing via these links will not cost you any extra and will help me cover the costs of book blogging. 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. While I’m on my experience of Cuban families, it was very odd to me that Lila never mentions the Cuban Revolution when she talks about her abuela’s life.

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Not even Señora Cabral, who still hobbles into my family’s bakery every Monday and was tan vieja before my parents were even born, is this old.Both settings where Lila bakes (the bakery at home in Miami and the inn where she’s living in England) are developed as plausible businesses – she doesn’t make a living selling cupcakes in a seaside town of two hundred inhabitants.

She introduces him to Cuban cuisine through her pastries and dishes while Orion becomes her tour guide and charms his way into her heart through tea and England’s sights and sounds. Obviously, Young Adult books are THE best, but I do have a soft spot for poetry and adult books also. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. I read it as an eBook, which doesn’t help the story to stick in my head though (several months later anyway…). The connection between Lila and Orion was the star of the show, a sweet and innocent relationship that blossomed from a friendship to more, something so fragile and strong about it at the same time.Finish school, take over the bakery with her grandmother, employ her best friend to support her through college and maybe get married to the love of her life. The landscaping sounds accurate though I’m not from the south but that’s believable but I don’t know many British who are obsessed with figs in desserts like the book implies and we don’t have “afternoon tea” everyday. Laura Taylor Namey is the New York Times bestselling author of Reese's Book Club pick A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. While I have my own personal thoughts on which is more difficult, I think we have to all agree that it’s woefully disappointing that Lila is incapable of understanding Orion’s loss as anything other than a potential threat to her centrality in their story.

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