Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is the most recent book that I have finished reading and it was amazing! This book first got my attention with the world Gelato. After my trip to Italy, I could eat my weight in it. After finding out that this book took place in Italy, I knew I had to read it. Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster, this book will make you laugh, cry, and scream all in the same chapter.
I recommend this book for the ages of 15 and up. The reason why is that while there aren’t any inappropriate scenes, the book deals heavily with the death of a parent and an absent parent.
Jenna Welch does an amazing job describing Italy. After reading this book I felt like I had taken another trip there. It was like I could see and smell everything she described.
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.
The book opens from the point of view of the main character, Carolina (Lina for short), a long distance runner who has just landed in Italy to stay with a father she only heard about right before her mother passed away. If moving to another country to live with a total stranger after the death of her mother wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that she is now living on the grounds of a WWI museum located in a cemetery! Lina’s story really takes off when she is given a journal that belonged to her mom when she was in Italy.
Ren the Italian-American boy next door, soccer player type, shows up on a hill behind the cemetery. After discovering who Lina is, he immediately takes her under his wing and introduces her to all of his friends. When Lina finally decides that she can trust him, she welcomes him to help her unlock the secrets that are in her mom’s journal.
Explore Italy in this emotional story about love, loss, and acceptance.
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