Rosa, her mother, and abuela Mimi are doomed to love men who die at sea. Mom and Mimi anyway. We don't know about Rosa yet, but when she meets a boy with a boat, the town is concerned. The book is marketed as a Gilmore Girls-alike, and the small townishness, along with the brainy kid with the kooky mom are similar. The grandma is no Emily Gilmore, though; she's a bruja, and the one with the regular relationship with Rosa.
It's a cute, sweet read. The town viejitos with their online chisme are adorbs. As is often the case with teen romances, the love interest is a little too perfect: at 19, Alex is a sailor and an expert baker, sensitive, and patient. He's a college dropout, sure, but emotionally, he's all there.
There's also the love of the absent homeland: Cuba, which Rosa wants to see. Mimi is done with the place, and Mom (I forget her name) was conceived there, but doesn't talk about it. All three Santos women are likable, relatable characters.