A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

“Laura Taylor Namey’s A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow filled my heart and fed my soul. Read. This. Book.”

Cecelia Beckman, Sheaf & Ink

The Story

Lila Reyes knows what she wants. To be the head baker at her abuela’s Miami’s panadería, move in with her best friend after graduation, and fairy tale ending with her three year boyfriend. But after a mental breakdown there was only one solution.

A summer in England.

For Lila this is the worst idea. England is not Miami. The food the weather everything is the complete opposite of her life back at home. She’s wondering when she’s going to secure her ticket back to her city she craves, until she meets Orin Maxwell.

My Review: A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

I’m still trying to form words to articulate how much I adore this book.  But I’ll give it a go none the less.

You know that feeling of excitement when opening a gift?  Something unexpected waiting for you to be discovered within the confines of a beautifully wrapped package. And once you begin the journey of exploring this gift of a book you find yourself unable to form words properly so you let your senses do the work for you.  Your mouth watering.  Your eyes devouring each page as though they are Lila’s specially prepared meals.  And your stomach craving every edible word: the fragrance, the texture, and the taste all culminating to one word: perfection.

My Thoughts

 A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is filled with so many humanistic ingredients and when mixed together, baked at the ideal temperature, the feast Namey has brought to the table leaves you filled with an emotion best described as joy.

I cannot tell you how many colored scraps of paper I tore into tiny pieces to remind me to come back to those pages.  To revisit these incredible lines I want to burn into my memory.  Moments of Lila’s story that bring out a rainbow of emotions.  And even though we’ve experienced these feelings perhaps at some point in our lives, the feelings are made anew.  Felt again in a way that tugs on your heart strings, makes your vision blur, and salt water tears trail down your cheeks like rain drops because yes this book will have you smiling from ear to ear, laughing, and crying because Namey is a brilliantly talented author.

A Few More Thoughts

You need to experience this book.  To take part in all the feasting, laughing and craving of a better and fuller tomorrow.  One that has tea, a Cuban pastry along with it, and two indelible characters that will melt your heart like butter on freshly baked bread.

Deliciously crafted, savory in every way, A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is a sweet love story that will have readers ready for a second helping if not more.

One Last Thing

This is a book not to be missed.  

Happy Reading ̴ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked


Author: Laura Taylor Namey

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: November, 2020

Pages: 320

ISBN-10:  1534471243

ISBN-13:  978-1534471245

Audience: 12 and up

Jacket Illustration: Andrea Porretta

Jacket Design: Karyn Lee

You can find A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow at Simon & Schuster Publishing


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