Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

Book - 2016
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"After her mother dies, Lina travels to Italy where she discovers her mothers's journal and sets off on an adventure to unearth her mother's secrets"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2016
Edition: Simon Pulse hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781481432542
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Love and gelato
Call Number: Y WELCH, J


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Romance-Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she's only there because it was her mother's dying wish that she get to know her absentee father. But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but so... Read More »

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_m1_ Jun 22, 2019

This was a highly enjoyable summer read. When I think of quintessential summer reading, I think of a book that is indulgent, entertaining, and fast-paced. Love & Gelato hit all those marks for me. The characters are well developed, the story is interesting, there are enough twists to keep the plot moving forward, and the romance is very cute. I liked getting to know all of the main characters in this story. This book could benefit from being longer, in order to flesh out different parts of the plot and characters. Some of the supporting characters could've had more time in the book. I would've liked to know more about the friend group in Italy and Addie in Seattle. However it is a great read as it is.

Dec 31, 2018

At first I thought this was any old sad story.
But it after a few chapters I couldn't put down. Beautiful. Such a sweet story.

Nov 13, 2018

Now this is one time favorite. Maybe one day I'll buy it online for eBay.
It had romance in it too.

Mar 22, 2018

After her mom passed away from pancreatic cancer, Lina goes to Italy as per her mother’s request. There, she finds a journal belonging to her mother back when she was only 20. As Lina explores this mysterious and romantic country, she learns not only of how her mother’s choices have impacted her future, but how her own choices will too. This is a heartfelt novel that would make readers grin in delight. It was very emotional for both Lina and us, readers, to experience the life of Lina’s mother and to get to know the story of not just one inspiring lady, but two. There was a good mix of romance into the overall plot but Lina’s self-exploration and discovery was the main focus. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who want to experience the magical country known as Italy with a bit of love and a whole lot of gelato. Rating: 4.5/5
@Iron_Rose of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is a simple and romantic novel that is perfect for anyone in the mood for a cheesy and slightly adventurous story.
Lina travels to Italy to live with her father who was absent her entire life as her mother’s last dying wish. Although Italy is known for its rustic beauty, Lina isn’t there for the “love and gelato,” but instead, she uncovers the life of her twenty-something mother when she lived in Italy from the journal she left behind. Lina is fascinated with the life her mother lived and the secrets that she never knew before, and goes on adventures with her new friend, Ren.
I rate this book a 3/5 and recommend it to ages 11 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is simply wonderful and is unlike any other. “Love & Gelato” is a beautiful romance novel that intertwines the story of Lina and her mom. You will follow Lina on her journey of piecing together her mother's past... and her own. The unique setting will definitely keep you interested throughout the book. I loved the character development and how Lina grew as she met new friends and went on thrilling adventures. I also enjoyed the humor and the fun feel of the novel. This book will captivate you and certainly leave you with a smile on your face. I thoroughly recommend this book for teen romance enthusiasts and those looking for a light, heart-warming read. Rating: 5/5
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 22, 2018

Awesome book full of unexpected plot twists. I couldn't put it down and so I finished this book in one day. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer!!

After her mother's death, Lina goes to Italy to stay with the father she has never met. When she arrives she is given a diary her mother wrote during her time in Italy and in it Lina finds her mother's story of living in Italy, and uncovers some of the mysteries of her own birth. The characters in this novel are well developed. I love Lina and loved the mystery. It was interesting watching Howard and Lina getting to know each other, and watching Lina attempt to find love and answers. A fun read with some serious moments, and a lot of heart.

Aug 10, 2017

This was a really good book. It had lots of twists and unexpected things in it. It was really descriptive, and a great book overall!

Jan 12, 2017

I was so happy to read this. Great for teens who love romance and Italy!!

Sep 23, 2016

I enjoyed this story and sighed a happy sigh at its conclusion. A half star off for the caricature of "X." When Lina finally meets him in person, his character seems a bit predictable and over-the-top. Other than that it was the perfect YA romance laced with laugh-out-loud moments and swoony romance. I'm excited to see what this debut YA author (previous adult author) has for us next. When reading the acknowledgements at the end of the book, I was surprised to find out that Jenna Evans Welch is Richard Paul Evans daughter. I guess the romance writing gene has been passed on.

Aug 22, 2016

This book is perfect for the summer because it is a fast and lighthearted read with realistic descriptions of Italy. Cute romance and friendship is involved. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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After the devastating loss of her single mother to cancer, Lina is convinced by her maternal grandmother to go Italy visit Howard, her father who hasn't been around for the last sixteen years. Lina's mother was a photographer who won various awards for her work, and with this information and her mother's journal, she traces her mother's trail all over Tuscany, uncovering things she never got the chance to tell her before she died, things that might change everything,


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