– THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST by Chanel Cleeton
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1935, the lives of three women, Helen, Mirta and Elizabeth, are forever changed after the powerful “Labor Day” hurricane sweeps through the Florida keys. Will they and their loved ones survive the brutal storm?
I was totally engrossed by this story based on actual, historic events and was rooting for all three women as they dealt with life’s challenges. The description of the hurricane was terrifying and made me feel like I was there myself clinging to a raft for dear life as the rising ocean swirled around me. Gasp. I loved the historic aspect, especially since I’d never heard of the Bonus Army. The ending was a bit too tidy for my tastes but since I was so entertained by the rest of the story, it didn’t bother me this time. If you love intense stories with happy endings, then don’t miss this one!
If you’re wanting to know more about the bootleggers during Prohibition mentioned in this story, then I would highly recommend The Wicked City (4 stars) and its followup, The Wicked Redhead (4 stars), by Beatriz Williams.
Location: Key West and Islamorada, Florida
I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.