Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Love & Gelato

 

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch ~ 389 pages ~ published 5/3/16 by Simon Pulse

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

“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 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.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

 

What I Thought:

**Warning: Some mild spoilers are in this review!**

I have always been, and will always be, in love with Italy. I have been there twice. The first time was in high school with my choir program, and we took a tour of Venice, Florence, Rome and other assorted towns. Then I went to Venice on my honeymoon five years ago. I am part Italian, so any book or movie that takes place in Italy immediately has my attention! I gave you all of that backstory to make the point that I am basically pre-disposed to love any media that takes place in Italy!

I absolutely loved Love & Gelato! I thought that the story was precious, the love story was adorable, and the descriptions of Italy were vivid (and accurate!). I went into the book, as stated above, fairly sure that I would at least enjoy it, simply because it was set in Italy. While that certainly made me happy, I really was completely drawn in by the storyline.

I liked Lina, although I did find her a little bit annoying at the beginning. I think that this was intentional though, as the things I found annoying were the immature things she said and thought at the beginning of the story, especially in regards to the cemetery and Howard. She slowly grew up as the story went along, so I was able to forgive her early annoying-ness 😉 I have seen a few reviews criticize “how quickly she fell for Ren”, but I felt like it was a fairly slow burn. She might have used the “L-Word” a little quickly, but that is also very true to the fact that she is only 16. I found their love story to be charming and believable.

The storyline with Lina’s mother and the journal was great and well thought out, in my opinion. It really did have me going about who the identity of “X” was. I did find her mother’s reasoning for not telling Lina about her father to be a bit thin, but other than that, I enjoyed this plot device.

If you read this book and don’t immediately want gelato (or at least ice cream), something is wrong with you my friend! 😉 I will say, that is one of the things that I still miss the most about Italy! Can I go back now, please?!

 

My Rating:

5.0/5.0

I gave Love & Gelato 5 STARS! I loved the romance, character development, and the descriptions of Italy! If you love a good, clean, contemporary romance set in an exotic locale, then this is the book for you!!


Are you interested in learning more about this book/series? Check out the links below! 

Jenna Evans Welch’s Website

Jenna Evans Welch’s Twitter

Love & Gelato on Goodreads

Purchase Love & Gelato on Amazon


Have you read this book? Have you read the sequel, Love & Luck? Are there any other cute, contemporary romances set in exotic settings that I should pick up? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,

Posted in Subscription Boxes

June Subscription Box: OwlCrate

Each month, I try out new book subscription box services. I always receive a box from OwlCrate, as it is my favorite, and consistently has the best quality products included. Unfortunately this month I forgot to try out another box, so I will just be talking about the June OwlCrate box this month. But next month, be on the lookout for another new box!!

June OwlCrate: Summer Lovin’

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The theme for the June OwlCrate box was Summer Lovin’. I totally didn’t even notice, until another blogger pointed it out (I wish I could remember who that was…I’m sorry I have old lady brain!) that the spoiler card artwork includes products from past OwlCrate boxes (the Harry Potter tote bag, the copy of Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, and apparently the water bottle). I thought this was a really cool and creative touch!

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The first item I pulled out of the box was this really awesome mason jar mug! It was designed exclusively by Michelle Gray and Team OwlCrate. It reads ‘Book Worm and Proud’. ❤️

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The next item was this super cute microfiber towel that reads ‘My Summer is all Booked’. It was designed by the ever-so-talented Stella Bookish Art.

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This cactus pen from BC Mini is really cute, and has a very nice writing feel. I have enjoyed using this pen a lot 🙂

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Anytime there is tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe I get super excited, because their tea is always delicious. I haven’t tried this one yet, but apple and peach certainly sounds like the perfect summer blend. It was inspired by Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I haven’t yet read this one (don’t throw things at me!)

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I also get really excited anytime there is a new bookmark from Ink and Wonder Designs! I love that they use wood to make their bookmarks, and they always have the most beautiful artwork. This one is inspired by Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (I also haven’t read this one, but I really want to!)

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This little guy kind of spoils what the book of the month is…

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This month’s book was From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon! Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

I had literally just bought When Dimple Met Rishi by Menon when I got this box in the mail, so it was perfect timing!! I’m excited to dive into both of these titles! As always, the book was signed by the author, and came with a letter from her as well. And the colors on the cover are exclusive to OwlCrate.

 

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I really liked the June Summer Lovin’ OwlCrate box! If you are interested in getting your own OwlCrate box, you can use my link to get started!

If you would like to check out my last few unboxings, you can check them out here and here!


This is kind of unrelated, but I received this notification the other day, and I got so excited!!

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I started this blog back in February because I wanted to have a place where I could talk about books and other bookish things with people who love to do the same! (Also to give my husband a break from listening to me wax poetic about all of the books I read 😉 ) I never thought I would have this many people following me and reading what I have to say! So, thank you!! I love y’all and I love this amazing community!  ☺️


I hope you enjoyed my unboxing! I will be back here next month to talk about my July subscription boxes so make sure you follow me to be notified when it goes up!

Did you get the June OwlCrate box? What did you think of it?

Have you read either From Twinkle, With Love or When Dimple Met Rishi? Did you like them?

Is there another subscription service that you think I should try out? Let me know down in the comments! 

 

Love and happy reading,