Review #45

No time for currently readings. Must… make… reviews…

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch.

In this adorable book set in gorgeous Ireland we get to live the life of Addie, Lena’s best friend from Love and Gelato. It has just the right amount of sass, love, heartbreak, honesty, and Ren! I loved this book, and I thought it was a sweet sequel to the first novel. I would highly recommend it. Jenna Evans Welch is very gifted in the way that she transports you instantly into a different country.

I can almost feel the raindrops…

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake


Lina Quote

“I didn’t want to ruin the moment by explaining it to him, but suddenly it was like I had a zoomed-out view of this moment and I never, ever (ever) wanted it to end. I had Nutella on my face and my first real love sprawled out next to me and any minute the stars were going to sink back into the sky in preparation for a new day, and for the first time in a long time, I couldn’t wait for what that day would bring. And that was something.”

Review #32

I read this book too fast to make a Currently Reading. I’m sorry… but not really, because this book is BEAUTIFUL. Spoilers are ahead! This is Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.

It is largely reminiscent of books like Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, but Welch puts her own beautiful twist to her stories that adds much more depth.

This story starts out by hitting you hard. Lina’s mom is going to die. She has pancreatic cancer. Lina is sent to Italy to live with her ‘father’ that she’s never met after her mother’s death, and there she finds many blessings.

Among these blessings are Ren, gelato, views of Florence, her mother’s secret journal of her time in Italy, and a man that may not be her real father, but is even better. Lina is swept into a word of scooters, parties in mansions, gingerbread houses that really exist, memorials, and early morning runs that she falls in love with. This book is full of charm, love, heartbreak, loss, and, of course, lots of gelato. I felt like I was strolling through Florence as I turned each page. I cannot recommend this book more, and I want to thank Jenna Evans Welch for sharing her love of Italy with us in this heartwarming and lovable novel.

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake