The Last Train to Key West

The Last Train to Key West

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"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 herlife. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451490889
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 28, 2020

If you are a member of a book club that likes light historical fiction, consider this book. I’d heard about the Key West, Florida hurricane of 1935, but I didn’t know about the large number of US veterans who died while being evacuated by train. History is explained as the reader follows the lives of three women. One, an abused wife who works as a waitress in Key West. There’s also the NYC heiress whose family lost its fortune during the depression, and a Havana Cuba native who was given by her father to NYC mobster. All three find themselves directly in the path of the hurricane and their lives are forever changed. If you like a happily-ever-after (maybe) story with strong courageous women, you’ll like this book.


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