Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
“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.
This was a very cute, quick read! While it was a little predictable at times, and full of grief at other times, overall it was a great, quick read. I loved how well I felt like I really got to know Lina and her journey to understand her mom.
I also think the fact that I have been to Italy helped with the enjoyment of this book. I had been to most of the places they were talking about (other than the secret bakery- what a shame!) and that made it easier to envision what they were talking about.
I read this book in the winter, but I think it is a perfect summer vacation read. It made me wish I had spent some more time in Italy to find that love that they kept talking about! "There are two reasons people STAY in Italy- love and gelato"