The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

Who is your favorite historical fiction author?

I have several go-tos including Camille DeMaio, Isabel Allende and Yaa Gyasi, and THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST just reaffirmed that Chanel is definitely on that list!

“The perfect riveting summer read!”


It is so evident in all her books how much research goes into not only the actual history, but the people and their thoughts and feelings during that time.

You find yourself perfectly picturing every character, in that time and place, and you are instantly transported into the story. And you never want to leave.

Three Women.
One Hurricane.
SO Many Secrets.

One woman wants her husband dead.
One is married to a stranger.
And the third, is looking for a man she barely knows.

The story is woven together so seamlessly and when the 3 women cross paths, it’s what a readers dreams are made of.

There is sadness and heartbreak, intense scenes of extreme weather and devastation – which is a TRUE story of one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes! – and just the right amount of love story to make your heart swell.

“This dazzling, drama-filled tale set in 1935 follows

three women to Key West, Florida.”

Woman’s World, on The Last Train to Key West

I tore through this book. I adored these 3 strong and sassy women and was riveted by each of their stories equally – happily racing through chapters as the tension and suspense unfolded.

Telling such a beautiful story so perfectly amidst such devastation is a difficult task. But Chanel Cleeton made it look so easy!

You can grab this one here!

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 16, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451490886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451490889


About the Book:

512V6hJJ2DL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.
For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.

After the Cuban Revolution of 1933 leaves Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position, she agrees to an arranged marriage with a notorious American. Following her wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to her new husband, his illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.

Elizabeth Preston’s trip to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles after the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.

Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

About the Author:

91bmqj-tfAL._SY200_Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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