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Book Review: Love & Gelato

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“I made the wrong choice.”
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 she 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 she 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. [Goodreads Summary]

This book was suggested to me by one of my fellow book club friends and I must say...What a pleasant surprise!

Love & Gelato is such a cute and easy read! With the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes you just need a mental getaway and that's what this book offers. As I read, I was overwhelmed by some serious wanderlust for Florence and absolutely fell in love with the characters and the story line.

Seriously, one of the best parts of Love & Gelato was the setting. Jenna Evans Welch does a great job painting a vivid picture of Italy. I've never read any of her other titles, but really enjoyed her writing style. It was clear and enjoyable to digest. I love the way she uses Lina's mother's journal to serve as a tour guide! Tuscany. Florence. Rome *heart eyes* And if you've never been to Italy (like me), it was everything! 

Juxtaposed between the lighthearted, summer vibe of this read is a mystery that echoes throughout the novel. Lina's mother's journal keeps its own unique story line that weaves together Lina's unique adventures beautifully. I enjoyed navigating through the mystery of 

To be honest, it took a moment for me to fully invest in Lina. The book begins with Lina's mother in the hospital and naturally you feel for her after her mom's death. However, it took a few chapters for me to really get Lina and all of her teenage complexities as she's catapulted into a new environment. But once I was hooked, I was HOOKED. 

As the title suggests, there was plenty of "love" in this read, but it wasn't overwhelming. I'm honestly not the biggest fan of novels that OD on the romance. Imagine a small fire that starts with a tiny spark and grows slowly. It's cute, then mesmerizing and finally completely heart warming! This would summarize Lina and Lorenzo for me. Their friendship's authenticity was the perfect catalyst for their growing affection. I couldn't help but to be their biggest cheerleader!

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't the most elaborate or life changing novel, BUT it served its purpose as a refreshing and cute read :) Plus there's gelato. I mean, come on! What else do you need in a quick read?

PS:This is also the first title I've read on my new Kindle Paperwhite! Yep... I may be a new e-reader convert.... *pause* nahhh lol 
Let's just say I'm not as anti e-readers as I once was ;-)


  1. I had meant to read this when it first came out. Thanks for putting it back on my radar.

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    1. You should! Let me know what you think :)

      And thank you!!!

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