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“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolute delight. Cozier than a hand-knit gray cardigan and richer than Abuela’s pastelito recipe, Namey takes you from Miami to Winchester, and leaves your heart belonging to both.” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos in this charming, heartf “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolute delight. Cozier than a hand-knit gray cardigan and richer than Abuela’s pastelito recipe, Namey takes you from Miami to Winchester, and leaves your heart belonging to both.” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos in this charming, heartfelt story following a Miami girl who unexpectedly finds love—and herself—in a small English town. 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.


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“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolute delight. Cozier than a hand-knit gray cardigan and richer than Abuela’s pastelito recipe, Namey takes you from Miami to Winchester, and leaves your heart belonging to both.” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos in this charming, heartf “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is an absolute delight. Cozier than a hand-knit gray cardigan and richer than Abuela’s pastelito recipe, Namey takes you from Miami to Winchester, and leaves your heart belonging to both.” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos in this charming, heartfelt story following a Miami girl who unexpectedly finds love—and herself—in a small English town. 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.

30 review for A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    3.5 stars. This was a bit of a weird reading expereince for me if I'm being honest. I thought this was very well written and I especially appreciated the way that the author depicted grief and depression, and I also thought that the romance at the center of this felt well flushed out and that the characters had great chemistry. However, something about this book just didn't wow me the way that it seems to have wowed everyone else? If I'm being honest, I think that most likely has more to do with 3.5 stars. This was a bit of a weird reading expereince for me if I'm being honest. I thought this was very well written and I especially appreciated the way that the author depicted grief and depression, and I also thought that the romance at the center of this felt well flushed out and that the characters had great chemistry. However, something about this book just didn't wow me the way that it seems to have wowed everyone else? If I'm being honest, I think that most likely has more to do with my reading tastes changing and moving away from YA romance than with the book itself (which is why I rounded up to a 4!), so while this wasn't necessarily a favorite for me, I think that if you like YA romance, this is a pretty perfect example of the genre and I do recommend! TW: death of a loved one, depression, dementia, grief

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Namey

    Thank you for visiting the listing for A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. If you'd like to read a longer synopsis, see some aesthetics, and learn about the family history behind my story, visit http://lauranamey.wpengine.com/cuban-... for more details. Content warnings: Family member death, and dementia. Thank you for reading! Thank you for visiting the listing for A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. If you'd like to read a longer synopsis, see some aesthetics, and learn about the family history behind my story, visit http://lauranamey.wpengine.com/cuban-... for more details. Content warnings: Family member death, and dementia. Thank you for reading!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    3.5 Stars - Update: I've decided to round up to 4 because 2 hours after finishing I am still thinking about the last quarter of the book and that earns an extra half star because it has left an impression. CW: (view spoiler)[Dealing with the loss of a loved one, breakups (friendship and romantic), mental health issues - girl runs to the brink of collapse and has suffered some significant damage to her body after a break down due to the loss of her abuela. (hide spoiler)] Well that ended up being 3.5 Stars - Update: I've decided to round up to 4 because 2 hours after finishing I am still thinking about the last quarter of the book and that earns an extra half star because it has left an impression. CW: (view spoiler)[Dealing with the loss of a loved one, breakups (friendship and romantic), mental health issues - girl runs to the brink of collapse and has suffered some significant damage to her body after a break down due to the loss of her abuela. (hide spoiler)] Well that ended up being quite a lovely book about family, friendship and having the courage to choose your own destiny. I feel obliged to put in a PSA. Public Service Announcement You will want to eat baked goods whilst reading this. I suggest having some ready in advance. Go for something a bit decadent like a bakery pastry, *whispers* I had 3, because a dry chocolate chip cookie will not cut it (nor will the next 2). If you are a baker, have all the ingredients ready so you can whip up a sweet masterpiece in the kitchen. End of public service announcement. The food descriptions in this novel are out of this world and the love of this ownvoice author for their Cuban culture and traditional food was clearly evident in the passionate descriptions throughout the book. I wasn't really drawn into the romantic relationship until quite a way through the book, but the family connections kept me engaged throughout the entire story. The book touches on some important themes such as dealing with grief and finding a way forward after a tragic loss. It also looks at how Lila struggles to find the courage to deviate from her life plan when a new and potentially better one presents itself. A heartwarming story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Oyinda

    If I had to rate the story alone, I'd give it 4 stars. The reason my final review is 2 stars is because of the blatant casual racism regarding "Africa", which I'll discuss later in this review. Look, this is a very beautiful book and one I wanted to love because it's SO CUTE. It started out so well and if the author didn't do what she did with Africa, I'd recommend this book to everyone. I also hate that I'm giving this such a low rating because a lot of the authors personal life went into this b If I had to rate the story alone, I'd give it 4 stars. The reason my final review is 2 stars is because of the blatant casual racism regarding "Africa", which I'll discuss later in this review. Look, this is a very beautiful book and one I wanted to love because it's SO CUTE. It started out so well and if the author didn't do what she did with Africa, I'd recommend this book to everyone. I also hate that I'm giving this such a low rating because a lot of the authors personal life went into this book. But Africa is my personal life and I can't overlook her "mistakes" here. As I said earlier, this is a beautiful book about a Cuban girl and her close knit family. At the beginning of the book, her grandma died, her boyfriend broke up with her and she had a falling out with her best friend. Knowing that she's in need of a break, her family forces her to England for the summer. There, she meets a cute English boy and they develop a beautiful friendship that leads to much more. There's a wonderful cast of diverse characters and cute moments. Now, my HUGE PROBLEM with this book. She had a friend, Stephanie (might be the wrong spelling because I listened to the audiobook) who planned to leave their plans to attend uni together for a program of sorts in "a village in Africa". That village is supposedly nameless. She couldn't even pick a random African country??? I'm really triggered when authors, especially those promoting diversity use the name of the continent to mean one precise place. It's strange that only Africa continues to be named by the continent all through the book but the little towns and cities in London and Miami are properly named. As if that's not bad enough, there's a line that goes "she can't last two weeks without her hairdryer" in reference to Stephanie in Africa. Um, hellooooo, there's electricity in Africa! This is something that really frustrated me and I couldn't for the life of me fall in love with the rest of the book because of this. Towards the end of the book, another line goes "I can be Cuban in Miami, Africa, or London" *face-palm*. Two cities and a continent. Really??? I'm really not going to pick up anything this author writes again. It'd sad because this was an anticipated read for me and it had very positive reviews during the book tour I saw on Instagram. Oh, well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I really wanted to love this one but unfortunately I really struggled with this from beginning to end. I love the culture and I loved getting to know Lila's family but I struggled with Lila herself. I found her hard to empathize with, which feels ridiculous to say when so many bad things have happened to her. But I think her stubbornness and the way she could come across as entitled and a bit of a "know it all" was irritating and made me roll my eyes one too many times. One example of this was w I really wanted to love this one but unfortunately I really struggled with this from beginning to end. I love the culture and I loved getting to know Lila's family but I struggled with Lila herself. I found her hard to empathize with, which feels ridiculous to say when so many bad things have happened to her. But I think her stubbornness and the way she could come across as entitled and a bit of a "know it all" was irritating and made me roll my eyes one too many times. One example of this was when she asked to work in Polly's kitchen in London and then proceeds to act like she knows better than Polly, changes up all her recipes without her permission and basically rolling her eyes at Polly every time she says something. She'd constantly think "Ugh It's not my kitchen, it's Polly's" but then go ahead and disrespect her kitchen and her rules. I won't lie and say Lila's food didn't sound amazing and in the books it clearly shows that everyone loved her food, but I just felt really mad at the way that she acted like she was better than Polly from the moment she met her. You can be great at something and own that, but that doesn't mean you get to act and think you're better than other people. I also wasn't invested in the romance at all, which is one of the main reason I wanted to read this. I really enjoyed Orion's character but I think both of them getting over breakups/ex's while becoming friends is probably my least favorite trope. At one point I had to go back and reread the synopsis because I thought maybe Lila was going to get back with her ex considering how head over heels she was with him for more than half the book. Again, I think it's just me being picky but it took away from my enjoyment overall. Just because this didn't work me for doesn't mean it won't work for you. I say give this a chance, especially if you love a story with lots of family, food and great locations! arc given in exchange for an honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abbie | abbie.ruis

    ⭐️ 3.75/5 ⭐️ A wonderful, #ownvoices travel rom-com about family & the true meaning of home. “Teenage master of Cuban cuisine, Lila Reyes, is eager to inherit her family’s Miami bakery along with her sister, Pilar. But between spring and graduation, Lila’s abuela dies, her best friend abandons her, and her long-time boyfriend dumps her. Fearing Lila’s emotional health, her parents defy her wishes and entrust her summer to family and their Winchester, England inn. Days into her stay, Orion Maxwell b ⭐️ 3.75/5 ⭐️ A wonderful, #ownvoices travel rom-com about family & the true meaning of home. “Teenage master of Cuban cuisine, Lila Reyes, is eager to inherit her family’s Miami bakery along with her sister, Pilar. But between spring and graduation, Lila’s abuela dies, her best friend abandons her, and her long-time boyfriend dumps her. Fearing Lila’s emotional health, her parents defy her wishes and entrust her summer to family and their Winchester, England inn. Days into her stay, Orion Maxwell barges into Lila’s inn kitchen with a delivery from his family’s tea shop. A nuisance at first, opposite ingredients soon learn to blend. Orion befriends Lila, introducing her to his mates and devouring her food––comida Cubana. Lila soon discovers this British boy brings empathy to her loss because he’s living his own. Before long, Lila can’t control the route of her own heart as she begins to fall for more than a new love. England has charmed her. And a special opportunity in London tempts her. As her return ticket looms, Lila feels impossibly caught between two flags. Hearts aren’t supposed to split like this––between a beautiful boy and a beautiful family. Between exploring an uncharted future in a rich new place, and honoring Abuela’s treasured legacy.” I’d like to start off this review by saying I was not in a good place mentally when I read this book, and that may have affected how much I enjoyed this story. However, overall, it was a really light, and fluffy read! I hardly ever read books where the MC is from Florida (aka where I’m from), and it was so refreshing to see my home romanticized and painted in all its warm glory, instead of being made fun of 😂I loved England, too! I would have liked to experience more of it with our main character. I also would have liked to spend more time with the love interest. I didn’t care for him all that much, but I couldn’t help but swoon anytime he said “love”. However, the one thing that I loved without a doubt about this book was Lila’s family. She was so fiercely loyal to where she came from, and I loved getting to know more about the Cuban culture that I’ve seen in my home state. If you’re looking for a quick trip to England with a sliver of romance, then this book is for you! Overall, it was a nice quick read 💕and you know I’m a sucker for a happy ending! Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for sending me an ARC of this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    I loved this book so very much. It was simply delicious in every sense of the word and will undoubtedly be one of my most memorable 2020 reads. What I adored about this book: - Lila Reyes. Lila was such a wonderful character to follow. She was charismatic, warm, passionate, hard working, brave and had so much love to give whilst unwilling to allow anyone to walk over her. I could honestly listen to her talk about her passion for baking all day. Her journey of self discovery was subtle in some wa I loved this book so very much. It was simply delicious in every sense of the word and will undoubtedly be one of my most memorable 2020 reads. What I adored about this book: - Lila Reyes. Lila was such a wonderful character to follow. She was charismatic, warm, passionate, hard working, brave and had so much love to give whilst unwilling to allow anyone to walk over her. I could honestly listen to her talk about her passion for baking all day. Her journey of self discovery was subtle in some ways and monumental in others and I couldn't praise Laura Taylor Namey more highly on the way she portrayed this part of her story. I also really appreciated the way Lila's struggle with her mental health was explored, in that I thought Laura Taylor Namey did a wonderful job of differentiating between struggling with mental illness and having a hard time with your mental health. I wouldn't think twice about reading another book from Lila's POV, she was one of the most engaging, honest and 'real' main characters I've come across. - The Food. Oh. My. Gosh. I've read a few foodie books in my time (it's one of my favourite sub genres) but I don't know whether any has made me as hungry as this one. It may very well be because I have the worlds sweetest tooth but I've never craved baked goods so much in my life. I loved how richly descriptive Lila was when discussing her baking. The passion and joy she felt towards her creations oozed from the page in a way that was almost magical. I think this was made all the more special by the fact that much of the food discussed was Cuban and thus I wasn't as familiar with it and it was a true delight to learn all about the delicacies I've clearly been missing out on. - The discussions on grief and mental health. I touched on this a little before but the exploration of Lila's dip in mental health due to the grief was beautifully explored. I thought the way Laura Taylor Namey showed the different ways in which you can grieve was superb (e.g. the death of a loved one, a relationship, a change in friendship dynamics, a lifestyle, dreams and (view spoiler)[how, despite not physically losing them, losing a person to dementia can often cause extreme grief.) (hide spoiler)] It's not often you can read a book in which grief is such an overarching theme and still come away feeling uplifted and hopeful, but that's exactly what this book did. - Orion Maxwell. Oh Orion, my wonderfully cliche english boy. Orion somehow managed to fall into every 'British boyfriend' trope and yet still manage to convince me, a Brit who sadly knows better, that all english boys are charming, witty, suave, gentlemanly and say things like 'ruckus' and 'crikey'. He was such a gorgeously warm, loving and empathetic character, I couldn't help but adore him. -Winchester. Honestly? I'm just putting this in here as someone who's been to Winchester on many occasions and loved reading Lila's obsession with how old everything is. I will forever find a huge amount of entertainment in the way non-brits write about the UK. (It's all so twee but I love it?) - Cuban Culture As a Brit who's never been to Cuba or Miami (where Lila lives), the vibrant way in which Laura Taylor Namey writes about Cuban culture, in particular the food and music, made this book so incredibly special. It filled the pages with love and passion in a way I've personally not felt towards one single place and it was a joy to read. - The Romance. It was just.... so soft and chill and romantic and real and beyond adorable. It served my slow burn romance loving heart very well. - The Relationships. From the adorable romance to the fabulous group of friends to Lila's relationship with her aunt, parents, Grandma and Sister, each individual relationship was given time and depth. Each relationship explored was fulfilling, unique and throughly enjoyable to follow. I honestly don't have anything negative to say about this book. I guess maybe the somewhat dodgy british accents in the audiobook? (but even they were wonderfully entertaining.) I loved this book through and through. It was honest, yummy, hopeful and joyous and it will undoubtedly be one that I'll continue to think about for a long time to come.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Solomon

    Absolutely lovely, and I am very, very hungry now.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela

    Book: *is about a Cuban girl written by a Cuban girl* Me: Say no more

  10. 4 out of 5

    dani

    i loved this so much shut up

  11. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    wow, this story crept its way into my heart so stealthily that before i knew it, i looked up at the clock to find that hours had passed and i had finished the entire thing in pretty much one sitting. a lovable and deeply relatable cast of characters where even the side characters felt fully three-dimensional; a story about finding yourself and reconnecting to your roots even in unexpected places; healthy familial, romantic, and friendship dynamics; countless descriptions of food that *will* make wow, this story crept its way into my heart so stealthily that before i knew it, i looked up at the clock to find that hours had passed and i had finished the entire thing in pretty much one sitting. a lovable and deeply relatable cast of characters where even the side characters felt fully three-dimensional; a story about finding yourself and reconnecting to your roots even in unexpected places; healthy familial, romantic, and friendship dynamics; countless descriptions of food that *will* make you hungry... this book had it all. so charming and wonderful. <3

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Bookaria)

    An adorable story of wonder and self-discovery that follows a Cuban-American girl from Miami to England. Lila Reyes thought she had her life mapped out, but after graduating high school, her plans crumbled, and she finds herself begrudgingly traveling to England to spend the summer there. The book is funny, light-hearted, and easy to read. I loved the depictions of food and the cooking process mentioned in the story; it made my mouth water while reading about it. Highly recommend it. An adorable story of wonder and self-discovery that follows a Cuban-American girl from Miami to England. Lila Reyes thought she had her life mapped out, but after graduating high school, her plans crumbled, and she finds herself begrudgingly traveling to England to spend the summer there. The book is funny, light-hearted, and easy to read. I loved the depictions of food and the cooking process mentioned in the story; it made my mouth water while reading about it. Highly recommend it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    10/10 WOULD READ FOR THAT CUTE COVER ALONE. But also, set in England \O/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    5 stars. i am an ABSOLUTE wreck right now. review to come because i adore this book way too much to not talk about it!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    cupofnicole

    WAIT. a YA contemporary with a CUBAN main character?? living in MIAMI?? the representation I've never seen is right here in this book. this lovely little book follows Lila, as she deals with some tragic events in her life: her lifelong best friend abandons her to follow her own after-high-school-dream, her boyfriend of 3 years breaks up with her, and her dearest abuela passes away. these are all pretty traumatizing things for a 17-year-old to experience at once- evident in Lila's spiraling mental WAIT. a YA contemporary with a CUBAN main character?? living in MIAMI?? the representation I've never seen is right here in this book. this lovely little book follows Lila, as she deals with some tragic events in her life: her lifelong best friend abandons her to follow her own after-high-school-dream, her boyfriend of 3 years breaks up with her, and her dearest abuela passes away. these are all pretty traumatizing things for a 17-year-old to experience at once- evident in Lila's spiraling mental health. her parents and older sister/favorite person in her life decide it would do Lila some good to spend her summer away in Winchester, England with her tia. Lila is strongly against this- she denies her depression/trauma is getting in her way as she tries to run her grandparents' bakery, La Paloma, alongside her sister. we follow the journey Lila embarks on in England as she makes new friends, shows off her Cuban baking and cooking skills to some Brits, and ultimately falls in love. although Lila experiences those gloomy events, A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow focuses more on being a bubbly, heart-warming, and at times funny book- giving its stunning cover some accuracy. what makes this story so special to me: 1. the ACCURATE nods to Miami and Cuban culture. it's normal for someone to feel hesitant when their culture is written about, and not gonna lie, I felt apprehensive about the representation. BUT WOW- Laura Taylor Namey knows what she's talking about. in my past experience, it's easy for Miami culture to come off as cheesy and try hard but the details and references sprinkled throughout the story were just the perfect amounts- like a perfectly constructed recipe. 2. the setting and overall atmosphere was so indulging and fun for me to read. as someone who doesn't really travel and has always had this weird fascination with the UK and Europe, it was so exciting for me to read about a Miami girl like me exploring the cold, rainy streets of England. 3. the side characters and MAIN LOVE INTEREST- they all felt so real. I hate when side characters are given no personality or plot aside from just being side characters. everyone in this book was so clearly distinguished in their own ways, it made me care about them and the subplots in this book. the love interest, Orion, was such a good match for Lila. not only do they share the experience of losing a family member, but they actually communicated with each other so well!! a huge pet peeve of mine is miscommunication in books- (no one has time for this and this trope has to die.) Orion and Lila's relationship is one the reader will root for because it is so perfect and wholesome. let me know if you DON'T cry at the end... 4. the fact that Lila's grandmother was someone so special to her hit me right in the heart- I feel like in many Latinx cultures, the grandmothers hold a special place in their grandchildren's hearts and I definitely felt this in this novel. 5. THAT ENDING WAS SO SATISFYING AND GREAT. not to mention, Lila's character undergoes huge character development. I won't spoil much but the Lila we meet from Miami becomes someone completely different at the end, totally in a good way. I love when a character goes from being 100% selfless, almost sacrificial in their ways of life to being a little selfish and actually doing something they LOVE and WANT, not to mention being supported by their friends and family. (see Emoni from With the Fire on High) *thank you so much to hear our voices tours for my arc copy, check out the tour schedule here: https://hearourvoicesbooktours.com/20...*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Lila had her future all mapped out! Her boyfriend and best friend would go to college in Miami, while she assumed her responsibilities at the family bakery. Yes, the future looked bright until her beloved grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke up with her, and her best friend left for Africa. With her heart broken beyond repair, her family shipped her off to England, which helped Lila come to terms with her heartbreak and her future. I don't want to sound like a fangirl, but SQUEEEEE! I LO Lila had her future all mapped out! Her boyfriend and best friend would go to college in Miami, while she assumed her responsibilities at the family bakery. Yes, the future looked bright until her beloved grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke up with her, and her best friend left for Africa. With her heart broken beyond repair, her family shipped her off to England, which helped Lila come to terms with her heartbreak and her future. I don't want to sound like a fangirl, but SQUEEEEE! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I adored the characters, the setting, the romance, the familial love, the food, and of course, the feels delivered by this stupendous story. Let's start with the food. Wow! So. Much. Food. I expected to read about a lot of baked goods, and let me tell you, they all sounded amazing, but there was also a plethora of Cuban dishes sprinkled throughout. Namey did a beautiful job helping me "taste", "smell", and "see" each culinary delight. My advice - don't read this book on an empty stomach. It was also fantastic being transported to Winchester, England. I simply loved touring the town with Lila. The picnics, stargazing, and motorbiking were some of the highlights, and I loved that the town served as more than just a backdrop. I felt the warmth and kinship of its inhabitants and delighted in the new friendships Lila made there. As much as I adored all these things, it was the characters who stole my heart. I instantly loved Lila and couldn't help but want to soothe her pain. She suffered "the trifecta" of losses, and each had such a profound impact on how she saw her world. It was wonderful to see her making so many new and important connections after everything she had lost. Orion and his circle welcomed Lila with open arms, and they played a big role in easing her heartache. I had a lot of fun with this group and counted Lila lucky to have found them. Lila's family was also stupendous. Though Lila was not pleased that they plotted this whole getaway in secret, she grew to understand that they did it, because they loved her. They were so sweet and supportive, and even when Lila wasn't sure about her life, their belief in her never wavered. I was drowning in their outpouring of love and affection, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The summer didn't turn out the way Lila thought it would, it turned out better! Though she suffered some grave losses, her world expanded in leaps and bounds. By moving out of her comfort zone, Lila discovered so much about herself, her abilities, her dreams, and her desires. Not only was I super warm and fuzzy at the end of this book, but I was overwhelmingly proud of Lila and the way she grew. Overall: A wonderful story of love, loss, and self discovery made better with enchanting characters, a fantastic setting, and lots and lots of delectable food. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    This was super cute! The opening chapters felt a little info-dumpy with backstory, but once the action moved to the UK I was HOOKED. I loved watching Lila adapt from sunny Miami to the UK. (I have also gone to London in the summer and been like... what? I need sweaters?) I loved her closeness to her family and the way she shared her Cuban-American culture with the people she met -- and in her baking. She was definitely headstrong (and Brits are a little bit more understated) so I was expecting a This was super cute! The opening chapters felt a little info-dumpy with backstory, but once the action moved to the UK I was HOOKED. I loved watching Lila adapt from sunny Miami to the UK. (I have also gone to London in the summer and been like... what? I need sweaters?) I loved her closeness to her family and the way she shared her Cuban-American culture with the people she met -- and in her baking. She was definitely headstrong (and Brits are a little bit more understated) so I was expecting a bit more of a culture clash. Orion's family and their struggles were also very moving. Then there was the pastry! I love the Great British Bake Off and was ALL about the baking. (I am also the biggest tea drinker this side of the Atlantic.) So .. tea drinking? Scones and Chelsea buns? Bring it all on! I could not get enough of this aspect of the story. If you are looking for a sweet, feel-good romance for the winter, definitely check this one out! Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dayla

    THIS BOOK. Okay, this book was everything my Cuban heart needed and more. I was so worried at certain moments that it would head down a cliche path, but then it surprised me! This was a stellar debut and I'm so happy that the author made it so authentically Cuban. I saw myself in so many moments in this book. From the Cuban dialect to the baking, and just the overall experiences and love that the MC has in her Cuban family. One of the reasons why I love being Cuban is our culture and another is THIS BOOK. Okay, this book was everything my Cuban heart needed and more. I was so worried at certain moments that it would head down a cliche path, but then it surprised me! This was a stellar debut and I'm so happy that the author made it so authentically Cuban. I saw myself in so many moments in this book. From the Cuban dialect to the baking, and just the overall experiences and love that the MC has in her Cuban family. One of the reasons why I love being Cuban is our culture and another is our love for those who make us feel like we're home. The music, the food, and the heart of a young Cuban trying to find her way in her ever-changing world was exactly the kind of story I needed for December. I wish we had a sequel simply so I can see how Lila and Orion are doing. Oh and Orion. He was wonderful. His heart was so big and I loved the fact that he already had a life going when Lila arrives--she isn't the only thing in his life. I like that he is shown as this sweet man, but that he's also flawed. He has his moments where his composure cracks and we get to see the heart of this young man. I'm super biased about this because I know I can relate to a lot of this book more than some readers, but of all the Cuban books I've read this year, this one was the one I could see myself most in. The Cuban phrases I grew up saying and hearing, the food I grew up watching my mom make, and the parties full of Salsa and heat and joy were all captured in this book. Okay, I'll stop gushing. But seriously, this book was great. It took me forever to read it because I didn't want it to end, aha! Happy reading!

  19. 4 out of 5

    cossette

    i am sobbing. rtc.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yawny ☾

    ⭐️ 5/5 ⭐️ I’m not usually a fan of contemporary, but I cannot stop talking about this book! If you’ve ever lost a loved one, grown apart from a best friend, unwillingly broke-up with a long term partner, or just really love food … this is the book for you. Lila Reyes is one of the most memorable characters of 2020. The more I read, the more I recognized myself and the people around me. In a weird way, we are all Lila. We have our own traditions, hardships, and ambitions; that’s what makes this ⭐️ 5/5 ⭐️ I’m not usually a fan of contemporary, but I cannot stop talking about this book! If you’ve ever lost a loved one, grown apart from a best friend, unwillingly broke-up with a long term partner, or just really love food … this is the book for you. Lila Reyes is one of the most memorable characters of 2020. The more I read, the more I recognized myself and the people around me. In a weird way, we are all Lila. We have our own traditions, hardships, and ambitions; that’s what makes this book so easy to fall in love with. Since finishing A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, I’m not only hungry for pastelitos, but for more of Laura Taylor Namey’s writing too!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    I am not the target audience for this book so please take my review with a grain of salt. I am sure many people love this book but, unsurprisingly, this book was not for me. I found it really tedious. The romance was lackluster and underdeveloped but I also found the main character borderline insufferable. Look, I am Latino. I grew up with and was very close to (and baked with) my grandmother...and even I think this character is overdoing it. Girl! Enjoy England! You don't need to be talking abo I am not the target audience for this book so please take my review with a grain of salt. I am sure many people love this book but, unsurprisingly, this book was not for me. I found it really tedious. The romance was lackluster and underdeveloped but I also found the main character borderline insufferable. Look, I am Latino. I grew up with and was very close to (and baked with) my grandmother...and even I think this character is overdoing it. Girl! Enjoy England! You don't need to be talking about pan Cubano and cafecitos all day and night! As delicious as they are! Also, I just couldn't accept that the main character was a fresh high school graduate. If she was like 10 years older, this book would have made a lot more sense to me. I cannot fathom a high school student who wants only to run her family business.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    I waited for this book for months and here I am Dnfing it after 20%.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Saima

    4/5 stars. I adored this book so much. It was a bit slow for me at first, Lila's story of desperately missing her home in Miami and trying to settle into England was a slowburner, but I sympathised with her a lot and wanted to know more about her and read about her dealing with her grief and overcoming all the things she's been through. The descriptions for Winchester and food were lovely, and even though it took me a long time to warm up to them I also liked the other characters (especially Flor 4/5 stars. I adored this book so much. It was a bit slow for me at first, Lila's story of desperately missing her home in Miami and trying to settle into England was a slowburner, but I sympathised with her a lot and wanted to know more about her and read about her dealing with her grief and overcoming all the things she's been through. The descriptions for Winchester and food were lovely, and even though it took me a long time to warm up to them I also liked the other characters (especially Flora, who I did a quick 180 about my feelings for her). All in all a really sweet book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    i am EXTREMELY soft right now. rtc when my tears have dried up

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Firkins

    I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of ACGGTTAT, so I got to preview this beautiful story of culture clashes, baking wars, and the many ways both grief and love shape us day to day and year to year. With her sophomore novel, Namey continues in the vein of The Library of Lost Things, giving us a warm and thoughtful portrait of a teenage girl grappling with big issues while also coming into her self and falling in love. Lila is slammed with losses at the start of the story. What fo I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of ACGGTTAT, so I got to preview this beautiful story of culture clashes, baking wars, and the many ways both grief and love shape us day to day and year to year. With her sophomore novel, Namey continues in the vein of The Library of Lost Things, giving us a warm and thoughtful portrait of a teenage girl grappling with big issues while also coming into her self and falling in love. Lila is slammed with losses at the start of the story. What follows is her journey not to move past her griefs, but to understand them as part of a life that will continue to shape and mold her, even as her goals and desires take on new forms. Readers are going to love Lila's passion, lyricism, and profound care for her family and friends. They're going to ache for a BF as cute and adoring as Orion. They're going to feel all the feels. And they're going to be very hungry. This feels like a book written from the heart. It beats from every page. It made me think about my own peripatetic lifestyle and how new places and faces have shaped who I've become. I have no doubts this is going to fly off shelves as readers join Lila in chilly Winchester for the summer, anxious for the perfect sweater, the perfect kiss, the perfect pastry, and the kind of story that makes us feel like anything's possible if we open our hearts to change.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow was one of Reese Witherspoon’s YA book club picks, and I can see a lot of what makes it appealing — romance, family, grief and recovery, friendship, and cultural diversity and celebration. The girl of the title is Lila Reyes, a 17-year-old with a broken heart who has suffered too many losses in too short a period of time. Her boyfriend breaks up with her, her best friends makes plans to work in Ghana after graduation without telling Lila, and most devastat A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow was one of Reese Witherspoon’s YA book club picks, and I can see a lot of what makes it appealing — romance, family, grief and recovery, friendship, and cultural diversity and celebration. The girl of the title is Lila Reyes, a 17-year-old with a broken heart who has suffered too many losses in too short a period of time. Her boyfriend breaks up with her, her best friends makes plans to work in Ghana after graduation without telling Lila, and most devastating of all, Lila’s beloved abuela dies unexpectedly. Her abuela was the heart and soul of the family, and she taught Lila everything she knew about food and baking. Lila’s plans were set in stone already — after graduation, she and her older sister Pilar would take over the management of the family bakery. But when Lila’s grief leads her down a self-destructive path, her worried family sends her to a small town in England to spend the summer with a cousin at her family’s inn. Lila is mad and resentful at first, and so stubborn that she refuses to alter her Miami dress code of tank tops and strappy sandals, even when confronted with chilly English weather. Slowly, though, Lila finds the beginnings of a routine for herself, baking her special Cuban pastries and treats in the inn’s kitchen, becoming friends with a local musician and her group, and getting to know Orion Maxwell, a lovely local who is determined to show Lila all the best sites and tastes of Winchester. The story is sweet and occasionally moving, as Lila, Orion, and others deal with sorrows and challenges, and learn the various ways true friends can hold each other up when they need it most. And oh, the food! Each chapter is filled to the brim with Lila’s nonstop cooking and baking, and it all sounds amazing! Take me to her bakery now, please, so I can fill my stomach with absolutely everything! So why only 3 stars? (And, I’ll be honest, I wavered between 2.5 and 3 for quite a while.) It’s simple — I just couldn’t get into the author’s writing style. You know how in some books, the sentence structure or use of words is so unique or special that it makes you stop and admire it while you’re reading? This isn’t that. Instead, I was constantly pausing because I was befuddled by the odd syntax and use of language, and had to try to puzzle out what certain descriptions and phrases actually meant. The story is nice and moves pretty quickly, but I just didn’t love it enough to want to rave about it, and the writing issue definitely affected my overall enjoyment. Recommended for the amazing food and the tribute to Cuban Miami culture, but not a must-read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat // Novels & Waffles

    A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is the perfect recipe for a melted heart and a warm smile. With its delectable prose, sweet cast of characters, and the flavorful backdrops of both Winchester and Miami, this #ownvoices novel will fill you up like a plate of mouth-watering pastelitos. It was definitely my cup of tea. A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is the perfect recipe for a melted heart and a warm smile. With its delectable prose, sweet cast of characters, and the flavorful backdrops of both Winchester and Miami, this #ownvoices novel will fill you up like a plate of mouth-watering pastelitos. It was definitely my cup of tea.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amélie Boucher

    2.5 stars I'm so sad that I didn't enjoy this! I had such high expectations, especially as this sounded exactly like my cup of tea (no pun intended). I mean, a YA travel novel that takes place in England? Count me in! Unfortunately, this didn't work for me. I struggled a lot with our main character. I found her incredibly stubborn and entitled, which made me roll my eyes on numerous occasions. I understood why she acted the way she did, especially in the beginning, but I still didn't warm up to he 2.5 stars I'm so sad that I didn't enjoy this! I had such high expectations, especially as this sounded exactly like my cup of tea (no pun intended). I mean, a YA travel novel that takes place in England? Count me in! Unfortunately, this didn't work for me. I struggled a lot with our main character. I found her incredibly stubborn and entitled, which made me roll my eyes on numerous occasions. I understood why she acted the way she did, especially in the beginning, but I still didn't warm up to her, even as the book went on. I feel like instead of being open-minded and trying to experience British culture, she just kept trying to make England feel like Miami. We only see her criticize British food, and while all the food that Lila prepared sounded absolutely AMAZING, I wish we would have seen her get out of her comfort zone. Instead, we saw Lila act as if she knew better than everyone, which was irritating. But while Lila got on my nerves, I like the people she surrounded herself with. I actually quite liked most side characters, especially Orion. I do wish we had gotten to see more of them, as some of them felt pretty flat, though. I just want to note, I'm so glad for the representation that this book brought. I loved learning more about Lila's culture and her family traditions, despite her being in a new environment that felt nothing like her home.

  29. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Lila immediately took a piece of my heart. I could relate to her dedication, her need to bake, the conflicts in her heart over her family versus her dreams. Watching the characters unfurl, was beautiful and charming. A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is infused with Cuban spice, gossip networks, and caring family. You will need a good cup of tea and some snacks to pair with yo (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Lila immediately took a piece of my heart. I could relate to her dedication, her need to bake, the conflicts in her heart over her family versus her dreams. Watching the characters unfurl, was beautiful and charming. A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is infused with Cuban spice, gossip networks, and caring family. You will need a good cup of tea and some snacks to pair with your reading. This book will make your mouth water! A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is a heartwarming story about the road back from heartbreak of all kinds. First loves that hollow us out, friendship fall outs that break our heart, and loss that leave us choking down sobs. It's a journey that illustrates what it means to listen, to fall in love with a new place, and to never stop feeling that pull for home. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/blog...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natalie M

    A tea-tingling light contemporary afternoon read. Lila Reyes, lands up having to spend a parental demanded summer in England to get her head back in the game. Her Cuban grandmother, who taught her everything about baking has passed on; her best friend has changed their post-graduation plans, and she finds herself newly single. The story moves quickly across the three months she spends in Winchester, England. I really enjoyed the baking and tea references and the small inn/small-town setting. The o A tea-tingling light contemporary afternoon read. Lila Reyes, lands up having to spend a parental demanded summer in England to get her head back in the game. Her Cuban grandmother, who taught her everything about baking has passed on; her best friend has changed their post-graduation plans, and she finds herself newly single. The story moves quickly across the three months she spends in Winchester, England. I really enjoyed the baking and tea references and the small inn/small-town setting. The other characters, including Orion Maxwell (teashop clerk), are really enjoyable too. A lovely story that has interesting cultural stamps and satisfying relationships and tricky decisions - sometimes plans are meant to change and it is so much better with family to love and support you!

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