Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato

Paperback - 2017
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A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this New York Times bestselling debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

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 Lina 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 Lina 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.

Kirkus Reviews called Love & Gelato "a sure bet for fans of romance fiction," while VOYA said readers "will find it difficult to put this book down." Readers are about to discover a new place, a new romance, and a new talent.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2017
ISBN: 9781481432559
Alternative Title: Love and gelato


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Aug 22, 2017

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!

BostonPL_LauraB Jun 08, 2017

This is cuter than I was expecting it to be. One of my book clubs chose it and I wasn't thrilled to start it, but it ended up being fun. I love Florence so the setting had something to do with it, as well as that it remind me quite a bit of "Anna and the French Kiss" which I adored.

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 30, 2016

Amazing love story set in the magical city of Florence.

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.

Honestly one of the best books I have ever read. The details give you the ability to actually be in Florence, and the layers and textures are beautiful. I couldn't put it down!

Jul 21, 2016

I literally love this book so much. I'm going to read it over and over and over again. It has all the best things in one book: Italy, a cute friendship/romance, some drama, and FOOD!!!

Jun 29, 2016

amazing book

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Jan 12, 2017

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Jun 30, 2016

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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,

Aug 30, 2016

Lina is sent to Florence after the death of her mother. After discovering her mother's journal, she goes on an adventure full of romance, history, and food.


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