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Love & Gelato

(Love & Gelato #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  62,044 ratings  ·  9,599 reviews
The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina's mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met.

"Howard is the best man I've ever known," her mother says, "he'll keep you safe." Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn't want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard's hom
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Walker Books (first published May 3rd 2016)
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Brenda Yes, it absolutely is. Jenna Evans Welch comes from a strong Christian background, so there's lots of wholesomeness here, but she doesn't bring religi…moreYes, it absolutely is. Jenna Evans Welch comes from a strong Christian background, so there's lots of wholesomeness here, but she doesn't bring religion into the story. There is no moral preachiness to be found. It is just simply clean, wistful fun. (less)

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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was super cute and really interesting!
More thoughts and possibly a BiblioBabble to come!
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘people come to italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, its for the same two things - love and getalo.’

some personal news: im moving to italy at the end of the week and i would be lying if i said this book didnt influence that decision.

im off to find my own ren to love, eat my entire body weight in gelato, and live my best dolce vita. <3


sugar and spice and everything nice - that is what this book is made of. and now i have a toothache from
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have officially drowned in sugar.

This super cute YA Contemporary was everything I was looking for.

Funny, witty, romantic and delicious, I loved every moment of experiencing Italy with adorable protagonist, Lena.

The found family elements were extremely well done and I appreciated the love and friendships so, so much.

My only disappointment is that I waited so long to read it.

Kasie West
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super cute. I loved it.
High Lady of The Night Court
“You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it’s for the same two things.”
“Love and gelato.”

The story narrated in this book is one of friendship, family, and first love. The characters enhanced the concept at the core of this book and the dynamic between each of them was written very well.

Lina, after facing the trauma of losing her mother, flies to Italy for the summer in order to fulfill her mother’s last wish. Her mother also seemed to arrange for
She-who-must-not-be-named  (exams)

I'm usually not this hysterical but my heart has been shattered, my eyes are warm with tears and I don't even have half the idea of what I'm typing because I can't see properly (I even shelved it as "Indian mythology" so you probably get the idea) but this is totally me trying to weave words into a coherent sentence. I don't think I will be able to do justice to this book but I have to let out everything before my nerves get the better of me. So here goes nothi
Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

This was cute. It was 100% what I expected, but ever so slightly better. Carolina AKA Lina has been sent to live in Florence with her father after the death of her mother, a father she has never met or even heard of, until now. So naturally she wants to leave as soon as possible, she misses her friends, her school and everything she knows from back in the USA.
When she arrives she is given a diary that her mother kept during her time studying in Florence. Lina thinks it will help her be clo
Larry H
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two and gelato."

Lina is only in Italy because of a promise she made to her mother on her deathbed.

She isn't moved by the country's beauty—she's having too difficult a time dealing with the fact that she's going to be living WITH HER FATHER (about whom she never knew anything), much less living in a house in the midst of a famous cemetery, because he is the caretaker.

Why didn't her mother
DNF @ 10%

I will be displaying my emotions through Ron Swanson gifs.

Love and Gelato was a book I desperately wanted to love. I mean, the set up was perfect. Italy, love and gelato (which I've never actually had but it sounds good). Italy is a destination I have always wanted to travel, and how could you not with all the culture present in the cities.

However, as I began to read this book I knew it wasn't going to be a finish for me. Why? Well, the writing just jumped straight into the plot withou
maria ☾
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-owned, ebooks
It was so cute and funny!!
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BTAT 2017 book #2

Possibly even a 4.5/5 stars

The plot? Adorable and intriguing. The characters? Pretty great. The setting? INCREDIBLE. So much good stuff in this BOOK!
I loved the twists and the turns of the plot as well as the added element of Lina's mom's journal. And a book set in Italy good. So so good.
If you enjoy contemporary romances you'll for sure enjoy this book.
celine (celinereads)
hi can i give this book 10/5 stars because THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. i LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND STORY AND THE COVER AND EVERYTHING. ok. also, love & gelato is an extremely easy and quick read that's addicting and amazing and i'm in love!! ...more
♛ may
Awww! This was a really cute summer read.

I loved the whole Italian experience accompanied with lots of Italian history, gelato, and young love. Perfect!

This story had it's ups and downs, I enjoyed the mystery part and I loved the character growth, I still feel giddy.

4 stars!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Super Sweet 💕🦄

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
Jan 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This is not something I usually do. I don't write reviews. But I really have to get something out of my chest: I am SO TIRED of American authors writing books about Italy/Italian people without even bothering to double-check what the hell they are talking about.
So the main character is Lina (really? Is it supposed to be a popular Italian name?). Her mother dies of cancer and she has to move to Italy to live with her estranged father. So she arrives to her father's house (that is in the middle of
Yashaswini Malik
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a purely hypothetical situation and is in no way related to any person living or dead. Definitely not a person who goes by the name Yashaswini Malik.
Q If 1/2 Italian + 1/2 Italian = 1 Italian, then
1/2 Italian + 1 Indian = ?

If you know the answer then you get 1 "☺️Noice, smart person🤓"


"You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things."
"Love and gelato."

The Girl Murdered by Her TBR

This book was successful in getting rid of my sucky reading slump. After a month of force reading various books, this book performed its magic and voila! Reading slump gone. I never thought that a super cute young-adult contemporary romance is what I really need. This was the first contemporary book I've read this year and I absolutely adored it. The plot, characters, and setting were captivating.

The setting of the story is in Italy. Oh gosh, Italy... I
2nd read:

Italy is such a beautiful country! this book became another reason why I really wanted to go there.

i liked the little mystery here and i can't believe Lina's mom created journals and diaries to let other people read it, i could never.

and the characters. Lina was an interesting character. Ren was a cutie bean who lived in a gingerbread house. I stan Lina's best friend, Addie whom we get to know a lot in the second book. Howard would be a great father figure, who also lived in a strange
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was pretty damn cute, you guys. All I want to do now is go to Italy and fall in love with some Nutella pastries. Insert gif of Emma Stone saying YUM here.
Really enjoyed this book!
Mashup review featuring it coming soon!
Elyse  Walters
This is another one of those ‘cutie-sweetie’ type books with a memorable book cover....
one I’ve seen mentioned for years with warm-hearted reviews.
I grabbed a freebie library - overdrive ebook copy.
Quick enjoyable read.
Young Adult Coming-of-Age....
A taste of Italy ... Florence ... gelato...
...a little historical mystery feelings of displacement and one of understanding...
military cemetery twist plot
...Readers immediately feel connection to
To be honest, I was more interested in the gelato part than the love part, but it was still pretty cute.
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

4.5 Stars

Love and Gelato is the perfect book to enjoy this summer. Set in Italy, this book is absolutely breathtaking. The fact that there are old journal entries in the story makes it so much more incredible. Trust me, after reading this book, you’ll be craving some gelato!

Love and Gelato has such an interesting concept! This book tells the story of Lina, a girl who moves to Italy after her mom dies. When she gets there, she is given an old journal of her mom’s an
Merphy Napier
4.5 stars

I was shocked at how much I loved this. Being able to explore Italy with the characters had me wanting to hope on a plane and explore it myself, getting to know our MC's mom through her old journal had me hooked from the start to the end, and the true love story of this novel was what we learned in that journal. I finished this book days ago and I still miss it so much. It was simply amazing. The only reason it didn't get five stars is because the romance with our MC was pretty cheesy a
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this - so cute and a perfect light summer read.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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"You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things."


"Love and gelato."

When 16-year old Lina’s mother passes away from pancreatic cancer, she is encouraged by her grandmother to spend the summer in Tuscany in order to get to know Howard – a father she never even knew existed. Lina would have never guessed
✨ A ✨
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It was funny and cute but also moving and devastatingly sad at times.

It was amazing to learn so much about Italy and Florence, it felt like I was there with Lina and Ren. I really really want to go to Italy now!

I don't usually read books like this where the protagonist goes on a journey of self discovery or whatever, but this book lifted my heart. I loved the writing style, and I'm looking forward to any future works by Jenna Evans Welch.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I'm craving some authentic, Italian gelato and cute, Italian guy with it.
Kate (GirlReading)
Love & Gelato was a cute, quick, summer read and just what I needed for the plane journey, on which I read it from start to finish but unfortunately, despite this, I didn't fall in love with it.

I didn't really warm to
the characters or feel any strong connection towards them(other than Howard who was a sweetheart) and overall I just couldn't get past the incredibly short time period this book was set over, considering the amount of events that occurred. I've never been a fan of instalove and espe
3.75 / 5

Ya’ll. This book got me out of my reading slump. I’m super thankful for those of you who recommended it!

Also, I think it’s official: I like Romance novels. Well. Not straight-up Romance, but books like Love and Gelato where it’s contemporary mixed-in with humor, reliable characters, and an adorable romance — count me in (and recommend me more books, haha). I’m not ashamed to say that! These books are addictive.

As someone who travels to Europe for 2-3 months every year, I enjoyed Jenn
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Jenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO and the upcoming LOVE & LUCK. When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two young child ...more

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