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A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

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Through the power of baking and delicious Cuban cooking, this story made it especially clear at how food can help one heal, but also bring people together. I am conflicted about wanting to see more of Lela and Orion's story, but thinking it ended perfectly. I loved the characters on the book that felt fleshed out and three dimensional, Jules with all her bad a** rock chick vibes and flora who’s sweet but a little lost and loveable Orion who’s as warm as his cardigan.

And another small snapshot of Abuela I took last year, her slight frame topped with a jaunty crop of graying black hair, smiling over her simple breakfast of café con leche and pan tostado. 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. Lila’s grief was really well written and her struggles were often a bit dramatic but Lila is 17 and things that happen at that age, feel dramatic.Publication information is for the USA, and (unless stated otherwise) represents the first print edition. Holding the soft jersey tee in the panadería office only hardened one fact inside of me: My grief had changed, morphing from a line between two throbbing end points—Abuela and Andrés—to a new shape. In fact, when Orion takes Lila to visit his mother in the dementia facility, it’s all about how traumatic and hard it is for Lila.

She is now torn between her life in Miami, preserving her abuelita’s legacy, and a new life in Winchester.She hasn’t turned Abuela’s bedroom into a guest room yet, or moved her worn garden clogs from the patio. A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is a tale so sweet, savory, and delightful that you'll long to travel, bake, and believe in the possibilities of love.

With a heavy decision to make, including her Abuela’s memory weighing on her, Lila has a lot to think about. The passing of her grandmother, a mother figure, six months previously is obviously another story, and her reaction is more proportionate. A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea and Tomorrow has a lovely place for romance and… damn if it wasn’t perfectly paced. And of course, I’ve listed some of the pastries and food mentioned in the book including Madeira sponge cake, chocolate biscuits, pastelitos, Cuban flan (leche flan), Cubanos, chocolate scones, black currant scones, honey orange scones, morning buns, Abuela’s pound cake, sugar cookies, ropa vieja (one of Cuba’s national dishes), arroz con pollo, Chelsea buns, and so much more. I can see why Owl and Crow guests rave about the afternoon tea served in the parlor, but there’s too much sugar in this scone.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. Climbing ivy twists from the portico, traveling around the three-story inn with avenues of green veins.

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