This is the book to read if you need a little happiness in your life. After a series of bad events leads her parents to worry for her mental health, Lila ends up spending her summer in Winchester, England, at her aunt's inn. Here, she'll learn to balance her love for family tradition and loyalty to Miami with all the changes life throws her way. This story is simply unforgettable and has one of the sweetest slow-burn romances, with a satisfying ending to wrap everything together. It's as warm and cozy as a handknit cardigan and as sweet as the Cuban pastries I am now desperately craving.
A New York Times bestseller A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick
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.
About the Author
Laura Taylor Namey is the New York Times bestselling author of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, a Reese Witherspoon YA Book Club pick, as well as A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak, When We Were Them, and The Library of Lost Things. A proud Cuban American, she can be found hunting for vintage treasures and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.
"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
"This is the Anna and the French Kiss of my Latinx dreams. Bursting with love for home, family, and culture, A Cuban Girl's Guide is an utterly charming read that feels like a treasured recipe that will heal and feed a broken heart." — Nina Moreno, author of DON'T DATE ROSA SANTOS
"Warning: Do not read while hungry. This delectable blend of romance and pastry across two continents filled me up and left me eager for more. I could live inside Laura Taylor Namey's lush, vibrant words forever." — Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of TODAY TONIGHT TOMORROW
"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." — Margarita Engle, Young People's Poet Laureate Emeritus and Newbery Honor-winning author of THE SURRENDER TREE
"This book. THIS BOOK. Laura Taylor Namey has written the coziest love story I've ever had the pleasure to read. Her prose left my heart fit to burst into a million starlit pieces scattered between Miami and Britain. Beautiful." — Erin Hahn, author of YOU'D BE MINE and MORE THAN MAYBE
*"Namey shines.... A heartwarming romance paired with a well-written setting add up to a satisfying read on multiple levels." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"A delectable read about loss, renewal and pastelitos." — Shelf Awareness, starred review
"This book has it all: the recipe for new, lasting, happy friendships, a dash of romance, and some gentle (albeit hard) lessons about honoring yourself and letting go." — Booklist
"Part romance, part foodie heaven, the warm atmosphere will make readers want to cook and dance and love." — Kirkus Reviews
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