Review | Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Hello, readers! I finally picked up a copy of Love and Gelato and it was the perfect read for our cruise!

Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.11
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Page Count:
 400 pages
Genre(s): YA contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: May 3, 2016

Plot: A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Review: I adored this book! I was drawn to this book because of the setting and honestly didn’t know that much about the book other than the MC, Lina, gets sent to live with her father, whom she has never met. It was Lina’s mom’s wish that she get to know her father. But once she arrives in Italy, she finds that her mom and sent one of her journals for Lina to read. I felt like I was Lina, devouring every word of her mom’s journal, trying to piece together the secrets. Lina meets a boy, Ren, who helps her find all of the places that her mom mentions in the journal. Yes, there is some insta-love in this book, but it was such a small part of the plot to me that I did not mind it. At the beginning of the book, I was afraid Lina was going to be a super annoying, spoiled teenager who would act out and cause drama for Howard. But I actually really like Lina and felt like her character was just the right amount of teen angst given the circumstances. I am not so sure how I would handle being sent across the world to live with a complete stranger!

Final Thoughts: Perfect beach read! I had just finished reading back to back Ruth Ware books, so I needed something light and fluffy! I recommend for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I will definitely be picking up Welch’s next book, Love and Luck.

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