Friday, March 24, 2023



Claudia, while living in London, finds out that her grandmother was born at Hope’s House which is a home for unmarried mothers.  One day she finds an old faded family crest she needs to know what it has to do with her grandmother.  Everything she knows about her family is completely turned upside down.  When she discovers that the crest belongs to the Diaz family in Cuba.  Immediately she flies from London to Havana, not allowing anyone to stop her.  She must find out the truth about her family at any cost.  Her first night in Havana she meets chef Mateo. Together they embark on a mission to discover the truth about the Diaz family.  Mateo tells Claudia that his grandfather once worked for the Diaz family but he too wants to uncover the truth.  When Claudia and Mateo arrive at the Diaz home they find it completely empty…abandoned.  What family secrets reside there and how will they ever arrive at the truth. 

I truly enjoyed this unputdownable story that was a time slip novel.  I loved the amazing detailed description of the surrounding area of Havana.  I enjoyed the characters and found myself to be cheering on Claudia and Mateo hoping they would find the truth they were searching for.  What a wonderfully written story, of courage, mystery, love, laughter and the joys of discovering family roots.  This was the second installment in The Lost Daughters Series, with both books so wonderfully written it has made this series amazing.  This book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series.  I really enjoy this author's writing style, she captivates the reader and keeps you completely engaged in the happenings of the story.  Thank you Soraya Lane for a phenomenal story that I will recommend over and over again.  I loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Soraya Lane
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 23, 2023 
Pages: 303 
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Cuba, 1950: As Esmeralda moved past Christopher, her breath stilled as he caught her finger in his. It was only a split-second, their fingers intertwined in a hold so brief that no one could have possibly noticed, but it told her everything she needed to know. He didn’t just come to see Cuba. He travelled all this way to see me.

London, present day. When Claudia discovers that her grandmother was born at Hope’s House, a home for unmarried mothers, everything she thought she knew about her family is shattered in an instant. Looking down at a faded family crest, she is determined to discover how it can possibly relate to her grandmother.

Soon Claudia learns that the crest belongs to the Diaz family, once one of the wealthiest dynasties in Cuba. Impulsively Claudia books a ticket to Havana, feeling sure in her heart that she will be able to uncover her family’s true story.

Arriving in the bustling and vibrant city she meets a young man named 
Mateo, a chef who loves nothing more than to cook his family’s recipes. As they get to know each other over dinner, Mateo says that his grandfather worked for the Diaz family and he too wants to uncover what happened.

But when they arrive at the Diaz family home, they find it completely abandoned as if preserved in time from the 1950s. It’s not long before they uncover a heartbreaking story about Claudia’s family and of a young woman who was forced to leave behind everything she’d ever known in search of true love.

As Claudia becomes closer to Mateo, will her family’s story of bravery and sacrifice inspire her to follow her own heart to Cuba? Or will the tragic love story force her home?


Soraya Lane graduated with a law degree before realising that law wasn't the career for her and that her future was in writing. She is the author of historical and contemporary women's fiction, including the #1 Kindle bestselling novels The Last Correspondent and The Secrets We Left Behind

Soraya lives on a small farm in her native New Zealand with her husband, their two young sons and a collection of four legged friends. When she's not writing, she loves to be outside playing make-believe with her children or snuggled up inside reading.

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