Jan 19, 2010

Book Review: The Cuban Chronicles by Wanda St. Hilaire

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Choose two sentences from your current read, and add the author and title for readers. Anyone can join in.

The Cuban Chronicles: A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance
The Cuban Chronicles: A True Tale of Rascals, Rogues, and Romance by Wanda St.Hilaire
"The group will be returning to Calgary in November, and he wants to see me. I would like to see him but I don't know if it's a good idea to take on a third lover, especially one from Havana."
(from the Oct. 23 journal entry, 2006).
Spicy? Yes!

My comments: What I thought would be a light book on Cuba turned out to be an unusual travel memoir and more - add personal experiences behind the scenes, some away from the main tourist attractions. The author doesn't do only tourist jaunts. She has some good experiences but also some unpleasant ones, unhappy love affairs, and mixed encounters with tourists and expatriates from various countries.

 The author travels back and forth from her home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Cuba and writes this book as a journal that runs from September 2006 to January 2007. Canada has formal diplomatic relations with the Caribbean island, so Canadian citizens have no difficulty traveling there.

Author Wanda St. Hilaire is a sales and marketing rep as well as a traveler and writer. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. This book was published by iUniverse in 2009.

Thanks to Paula of AME for a review copy of this book.

21 comments:

  1. Great teaser! This sounds like an interesting and intriguing book. Thanks for visiting Pudgy Penguin Perusals toady. Have a good week and happy reading.

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  2. A third lover eh? heh great teaser!

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  3. Good teaser. She must be pretty busy thinking about taking on a third lover. lol. This books sounds pretty good and I like the cover.

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  4. Oh this sounds good. I don't think its a good idea to take on another lover either, lol.

    I have decided to read 1 or 2 memoirs this year, I may try this one.

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  5. Looks like an excellent read! Great teaser this week :)

    My teaser this week is creepy but funny! Here's a link.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for visiting this morning!

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  7. Love the cover and sounds like a fun teaser too.

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  8. Best teaser I have read today!

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesday_19.html

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  9. Sounds like a fun memoir with some spice thrown in for good measure! I like that it's a travel memoir, and it would be fun to see Cuba from a non native view! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. That's some great time management!!

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  11. Maybe they could just be friends? Haha, good teaser!

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  12. Very spicy! I've not read many travel memoirs, but this sounds like it would be very, very interesting!

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  13. A third lover, huh? All at the same time? This girl must be very - uh - energetic? Great teaser!

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  14. Intriguing!! a third lover really captured everyone's attention

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  15. Great teaser. She must have quite a story.

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  16. Haha! A 3rd lover? That's hilarious. Great teaser.
    Alayne - The Crowded Leaf.

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  17. I just finished reading "Less of A Stranger" by Nora Roberts, can't really find a teaser unless you all consider, "The kiss grew harder, more urgent." qualify as one.., so I didn't post it to share it on my blog, found no teaser I really liked...

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