Love & Gelato

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By Jenna Evans Welch
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Series?: No
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Length: 389 pages
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 4.5 Stars

OK, I’m really starting to worry that I’ve lost my edge, because this is like the 5th book in a row that I’ve absolutely adored!! I think I’m just actually on a book high (is that the opposite of a book slump?) and I’ve been making great choices lately. And  this is definitely a great choice.

Love & Gelato is the story of Lina, a 16-year-old who heads to Florence, Italy to live with her father after her mother dies. What she finds there is the thrill of a mystery, a quest to get to know her mother in a whole new way, the joy of first love and the sinful decadence of gelato!

This book was especially great in audio form as the narrator gave stellar accents to the Italians and even the British boy in Lina’s class. She really brought the story to life.

This book has been well-reviewed and there is not a lot to add. But I will say that if you are looking for some fun summer adventures in your reading, give Love & Gelato a try. It just might fit the bill. It’s a sweet, quick read that I found to be perfect summer reading.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room”

“I thought I wanted caprice and fire, but it turns out that what I really want is someone who will wake me up early so I don’t miss a sunrise.”

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”

“I didn’t get to stop missing her. Ever. It was the thing that my life had handed me, and no matter how heavy it was, I was never going to be able to set it down. But that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to be okay. Or even happy. I couldn’t imagine it yet exactly, but maybe a day would come when the hole inside me wouldn’t ache quite so badly and I could think about her, and remember, and it would be all right. That day felt light-years away, but right at this moment I was standing on a tower in the middle of Tuscany and the sunrise was so beautiful that it hurt.

And that was something.”

 

4 comments

  1. I can’t wait to read this one. I totally picked it up based on the cover LOL!

    Also… “I’m really starting to worry that I’ve lost my edge” LMAOOOO! I feel the same way when I love like every book I’ve been reading! Similarly, when I dislike every book I’m reading, I’m like, “Am I being too picky?”

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