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Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato
Jenna Evans Welch
Simon Pulse, 2016
Source: E-Galley, My Own Bookshelf
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

This is the perfect summer read. Love & Gelato does have sadness, but it doesn’t wallow in it and make the reader miserable. The romance outweighs the grief. It’s a cute love story, and honestly, I want to go to Italy just to eat. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Love & Luck.