Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Goodreads Synopsis

Love & Gelato“I made the wrong choice.”

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 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 she 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.




Love and Gelato

“Love and Gelato” by Jenna Evans Welch is a heartwarming and emotional story that resonated with me deeply. The main lead, Lina, is dealing with the recent loss of her mother, a feeling I can relate to as I have also recently lost my own mother. Despite the heavy subject matter, the book has a cute and feel-good vibe that left me with a smile on my face.

Despite the heavy themes of grief and loss, Love and Gelato manages to maintain a cozy and feel-good vibe throughout. The novel is full of heartwarming moments that remind us of the importance of relationships and the fact that family is not always defined by blood. Jenna Evans Welch does an excellent job of balancing the heavy subject matter with moments of levity and humor, resulting in a book that is both touching and fun to read.

One of the things I loved most about Love and Gelato was the setting. The book takes place in Florence, Italy, and Welch’s descriptions of the city and its landmarks are so vivid and evocative that I felt like I was there with Lina, exploring the winding streets and sampling the gelato. As someone who has always dreamed of visiting Italy, reading this book was a delightful escape that only strengthened my resolve to plan a trip to Florence as soon as possible.

Overall, Love and Gelato is a wonderful book that manages to balance heavy themes with moments of joy and laughter. If you’re looking for a cozy and heartwarming read that will transport you to the streets of Florence, I highly recommend picking up a copy.



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