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Love & Gelato: book review

Hi everyone! today i’m going to be writing a book review for Love & Gelato, by jenna evans welch. i buddy read this book with diamond, and she suggested this, and i am SO glad she did because this got me out of a reading slump after i read the hunger games trilogy (cue the heartbreak i faced after reading the third part of the last book)💔

~ 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 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.

here’s a board i made that matches the aesthetic of the book.

~ my thoughts ~

Lina’s mom passes away from cancer, and her dying wish was that she wanted Lina to spend a summer with her dad, Howard in Florence, Italy – where her mom used to go to university & lived for a few years. she leaves behind her journal documenting her days of college in Italy for Lina to read and she discovers sides to her mom’s life she never knew about.

i love the main character, Lina, her personality and her humour. she seems like a really fun person to be around. but it bothers me SO much that kept wanting to go back home when was literally spending her summer in Florence, ITALY?? like, hello🤨 – its such a beautiful place to live in, and there’s SO much you can explore.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.”

That would be a DREAM. she meets a guy {ren} on the first week, and they quickly become friends. i mean, reading that part made it seem like it was so easy to make friends, when it really isn’t. oh, and she gets invited to a party and everyone over there just LOVES her and she meets this GORGeous boy from her grade and they start talking, and now she has two people who are after her? Well, it’s really unrealistic but i guess that’s why i read books, in the first place😂

I adore Howard & Lina’s sweet father-daughter relationship, howard is such a kind-hearted person and cares so much for Lina.💗I loved the jokes and the humour in this book, it just made it more fun and interesting. This book is wonderfully filled with hope, love and every other cute, light-hearted feeling you can think of. But most importantly, it is a story about strength and healing, about enduring despite everything that life throws your way. that there’s a bright side to everything.

“Howard was sitting on the porch swing with a cup of coffee, looking like such a nice guy. It was cosmically unfair that the whole “Love Stinks” cycle had left him alone in a cemetery with his terrible muffins and old music. It made me want to buy him balloons or something.”

but can we talk abt REN. he is literal perfection. i don’t think people like him even exist in real life? he’s smart, funny, caring, understanding, and just ADORABLE. Lina and Ren’s relationship is so adorable. they understand each other so well and match each other’s energy perfectly. i need a ren in my life.

“Hey, I just thought of something.”
“When we’re together, we make one whole Italian.”

to be honest, i was more invested in her mom’s story than hers because i loved that it had a mystery element and added suspense to it, with Lina trying to find out and track down who X is. And i absolutely loved learning about the places that were mentioned in the book, it was a perfect mix of fact and fiction. a super quick, cute and captivating book for sure! i would 100% recommend.

and those were my views of the book! hopefully this post convinced you to read it, if you haven’t already. if you have, let me know what you thought of this book! thank you so much for reading, and i’ll see you soon🍬

28 thoughts on “Love & Gelato: book review

  1. I think I agree with everything you said about this! I wanted to scream at Lina for wanting to leave Italy…
    Also, her mother’s story was more interesting than her…haha.
    Great review! Thanks for buddy-reading with me!

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  2. Sounds like cute, sweet and light-hearted fiction! Also the moodboard is so pretty. Btw is it a glitch or does WordPress not show Pinterest boards on the reader? Because I couldn’t see your moodboard when I was viewing through the Reader.

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  3. Ahhh Evin I love how most of the time your book reviews are on books that I’m considering buying because they almost always convince me to go for it 😭 I’m definitely going to have to read Love and Gelato now as well!

    How are you by the way?! I feel like it’s been so long lol. How’s school going? ❤️

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    1. Yess I’m so glad haha😁💙👏
      Ah, it has been a while. School’s okay.. I have exams soon and I’m on 2 sports teams as of now.. so it’s kind of hard to study and go to practice as well😌 but it’s also very exciting!

      How about you?


  4. HEIEIDBHEISIS THIS POST IS ABSOLUTE PERFECTION OK??? I LOVE THE REVIEW ITS SO SO BEAUTIFUL!! also omg YES to everything you said!! I read the book more than 2 years ago, and maybe accidentally forgot time?? Pretty sure it was evening when I started but the sky was dark just a few minutes later 🤔 I would have been convinced of MAGIC except superhuman reading speeds probably shall never find me SO LIKE

    but also omg YES!! The entire suspense + romance + ITALY (!!!) storyline WAS FABULOUS??! and all the place descriptions,, I LOVE???! although maybe Lina wanting to go home can be attributed to the fact that it’s honestly hard adjusting to someplace you’ve never been in before and basically being uprooted from home?? BUT YES TO THE FRIENDSHIPS THEYRE UNREALAISTIC but also,,, SO NICE???


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    1. AHH THANK YOU!! I’ll just start of by saying I love the way you write comments! so ..enthusiastic and well, chaotic😂💜
      (LOVE IT)

      WOAH it’s so cool how you remember when you read the book,.. liek two years ago? That’s impressive ahah

      YES that’s a good point but still, girl I would die to move to Italy or just visit. It would take some adjusting for Lina though, after she lost her mom and is staying with her dad who’s she’s never met before so I get that.

      YEAHH thanks again!,,🦋💕


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