TITLE: Love & Gelato
AUTHOR: Jenna Evans Welch
CONTENT WARNING: mentions of her mother dying of cancer & the grief resounding from this event.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS: WalkerBooksAUS sent me a physical copy in exchange for an honest review
The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina’s mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met.
“Howard is the best man I’ve ever known,” her mother says, “he’ll keep you safe.” Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn’t want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard’s home, Lina meets Sonya, who gives Lina a diary that belonged to Lina’s mother, the one she had kept while she was a photography student in Florence. While Lina is living her life and exploring Tuscany with her handsome neighbour, Ren, she follows in the footsteps of her mother and gets to know her as never before. She also finds out the truth about her father. Mostly she finds out about herself.
Can I just first off say that this book has left me with that warm & fuzzy feeling where nothing can bring you down because oh my god guys this was ADORABLE ! Love & Gelato follows our main character Lina as she moves to Italy for the first time after her mothers death, in a whirlwind, she meets a boy she falls in love with, finds her father, and learns that life sometimes throws things at you for a reason.
This is that kind of book you sit down and read in a few hours all at once, you get obsessed with the story line & characters and just can’t help but keep going and that was me with this book, I was turning the pages so fast and always waiting for the next cute thing to happen & I was never dissapointed.
My favourite part of this book was the plot, it was quite sad in how Lina had come to italy, and some of the things that happened to her in Italy were sad, but they all felt true & like things that could happen to anyone. Add in a happy ending and it turned everything around, things didn’t work out perfectly for Lina which made the book feel realistic, but in the end, she got her own kind of happy ending and it was honestly adorable.
THINGS I LIKED
– The characters, they were funny, smart, dimensional & just plain old real
– The ending ! I have never read a cuter ending that made me want to squeal
– The well handled grief of Lina losing her mother.
Honestly? The only thing I disliked was the hate between mimi & lina, but I’m glad it wasnt a full out a catty girl hating thing, which was really a big redemption point for me personally.
Overall I adored this novel and recommend it to people who like cute books or contemporaries in general. If you need something to fix your sad heart or something cute to tie you over, this is the book for you.
Until next time,