Broken Paradise - Cecilia Samartin 4.5 stars

This is the beautifully told story of two Cuban cousins separated by the Cuban Revolution. The book spans several decades going from the tropical beaches of Cuba to America. Being Latina I could easily relate to the lives of Alicia and Nora. I loved the family relationships and how they were realistically portrayed. There were portions of this book that I felt were taken from my own life. I also loved the development of the political situation and how it affected the characters. It did not come off as too preachy or too heavy. I’m not into reading politics, so this was a right mix for me.

Most of all what I loved about this book was the gorgeous descriptions and eloquent writing. I could smell the ocean and feel the breeze on my face as I read the passages from Cuba. My only complaint was the ending, which I did not care for. I thought it was too far-fetched and drawn, however, the rest of the book more than made up for it.