Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
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 (Goodreads).
Love and Gelato is engaging throughout the whole story, which leaves the reader wanting more after every chapter.
Jenna Evan Welch writes about a mother’s mysterious life before her passing that her daughter Lina has to slowly piece together. Along the way, Lina experiences love, sorrow, and anger: all with the beauty of Italy around her. The author expresses the feelings of the characters straightforwardly, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience these raw emotions in words. Also, anyone who may want to visit Italy in the future can read this book, as there are many landmark recommendations hidden within the story!
Reviewed by Allison C.