Chanel Cleeton, the author of “Our Last Days in Barcelona” has written a captivating and riveting novel. The genres are Historical Fiction, Hispanic American Literature and Fiction, and Cultural Heritage Fiction. The timelines in this novel are 1936, and 1964. The author discusses Cuba and Barcelona, and the turbulent times of violence, fighting and war. This novel is a continuation of other books in the series, and please note that although this can be read alone, it would be beneficial to read the other books. Chanel Cleeton is at her best when she discusses family, and their love of one another and their countries. She vividly describes her colorful and dramatic characters, and the beautiful and yet destructive landscape. I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of art in history, and the messages that painting and drawings can send.
This is a continuation of the Perez family, and we get to glimpse a side of Isabel and her relationship with her sister Beatrice and her mother Alicia. There are family secrets that when exposed will cause a major effect. I love the way that the author writes about the family in two time lines, and how the two connect, like pieces in a puzzle. The past and present connect in a surprising way.
During these times, there is danger and Isabel, who is usually the peace-keeper in the family seeks out a missing Beatrice. The Perez sisters have to make decisions about their lives, and their relationships to one another and to others. I would highly recommend this memorable novel!