Title: Love & Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: contemporary, romance, teen
Page count: 389
Goodreads synopsis: “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.
My thoughts: This was a super cute and fun summer read. I don’t normally read contemporaries but saw this one on sale and decided to give it a go and I am glad I did!
The thing I loved about this book the most was it’s sense of mystery. I really loved the entries from Lina’s mother’s journal and it really helped move the story along. I was super anxious to see how the story ended and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending.
It had some plot twists that were pretty predictable but still enjoyable. The plot moved much quicker than a normal contemporary.
The characters were fun. Nothing terribly remarkable about them but they were well written.
There were parts of this that was kind of cheesy (but hey, it IS a contemporary!) but we all need a little cheese every now and again.
Overall, I gave this four out of five stars and I really enjoyed it. If you are in the mood for a light hearted, fun contemporary read this summer I highly recommend this one. Also look for Jenna Evans Welch’s newest book Love & Luck which is available in stores and online now!