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Review: Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Title: Love and Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Year Published: 2016

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 386
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)Italy

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 with that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn't around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is go 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 her, 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.

Review: This book seemed like the perfect summer book to read so I took it with me when my daughter and I went to San Francisco for a few days. What a perfect choice!

This book is set in Florence, Italy and it made me have flashbacks (good ones) to my last trip to Florence about 5 years ago. It also made me want to pack my bags immediately and get on a plane to Florence. The descriptions of the sites, smells, and tastes of Italy really made this book come alive.

I also liked Lina. She is spunky, smart, overwhelmed, and falling in like with Italy, her new dad, and a couple cute boys. What more could a reader ask for in a summer YA romance fun book?! I enjoyed reading Lina's mother's journal along with her as the mystery of her parents' relationship unfolded and Lina explored Florence, I liked seeing how she got to know her new Italian friends, and I liked that the characters were (mostly) straight forward with one another.

All in a all a fun read that will do well with teens!

Challenges for which this counts: none

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