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The Last Train to Key West

The Last Train to Key West

eBook - 2020
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One of Bustle's Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020

"The perfect riveting summer read!"—BookBub

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 her life.

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.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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Oct 05, 2020

This was a light, easy read. I enjoyed the book, but felt like there was nothing suspenseful or truly captivating about the story. The characters could have been developed in a better way in order to make the reader feel like more a part of the story.

CRRL_JoyO Aug 04, 2020

The lives of three young women, all from very different backgrounds, entangle and influence each other during a great hurricane in the Florida Keys in the early 20th century. Historical fiction lovers will want to read this one.

Jul 12, 2020

Loved the historical facts that were intermingled with the compelling fictional lives of three different women. The hurricane damage and destruction was even more captivating as I did some of my own research while reading this book. As was the plight of veterans during the Depression after WWI.

The fictional lives were entertaining and had some sweet romances along with interesting coincidences that loosely tied the three main characters to each other. I did think that as the story neared it’s ending, it was somewhat anti-climactic. Depression-era historical fiction is one of my favorite settings and overall, I enjoyed The Last Train to Key West and learned some interesting new facts.

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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