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Love & Olives

(Love & Gelato #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,724 ratings  ·  912 reviews
Santorini felt like an island holding its breath. As if it were keeping in a secret...

Liv Varanakis doesn’t like to think about her father much, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight, leaving her with just a few painful memories of their shared love for the lost city of Atlantis. So when teenage Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father, who ex
Hardcover, 506 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Simon Pulse
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I'll admit, I wasn't 100% on board with this one the whole way through. In the end it did come together, but it took awhile to get to that payoff, and I still had a few issues. I enjoyed it, but definitely my least favourite of the three. For starters, this is sooo long for a contemporary and in my opinion, it really doesn't need to be. Sure there is a lot of mystery built up around the Atlantis myth and discovering that, but I still felt like the story was a good 100 pages, at least, too long. ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
goodness me. is it getting misty in here or is it just my eyes?? lol.

i honestly did not expect this story to pack such an emotional punch. i already knew JW could delve into some deeper topics, but she tends to do it in a light, carefree way. while this did have that airy quality to it, especially surrounding the adventure to document finding atlantis and being in greece, there is a lot of heavy stuff going on in this. and it caught me off guard to see myself get so caught up in it.

i love, love,
Irena BookDustMagic
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2,5

Love and Olives is the third book in the series, but it can be read as standalone, because books are companions, and not continuations.

The story follows Liv who spends 10 days in Greece with her father who abounded her and her mother when she was 8, and didn't call or visit for 9 years.

Starting this book my expectations weren't too high, but.I expected at least 3 or 4 starts (in my mind) worth book.
It was a pick that we read in a reading group I am a part of, and I am sad to sa
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Have you read Love & Gelato or Love & Luck? Both have been comfort, easy reads for me, and I was so happy to see there’s an additional one, this time set in Santorini, Greece.

Love & Olives also touches on mental health and abandonment, and I appreciated the way the author delicately addressed those topics. All three of these books are standalones, but you’ll notice some commonalities between them.

I hope Jenna Evans Welch will add more stories to the line-up because I can’t get enough. The char
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
After Ms. Jenna Evans Welch brought us to Italy and Ireland, she's bringing us to GREECE! 🥳

“But it's a good rule, Kalamata. Enjoy the moment, then carry the memories with you as a souvenir. It's my life mantra.”

So, Olive "Liv" Varanakis received a postcard from her father who's in Greece, it's about a documentary for his theory on the lost city of Atlantis. Whether she liked it or not, she was going to Santorini and meet his dad who left her when she was a kid.

She then arrived in the beautif
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story was a magical, one-way ticket to Santorini, Greece. I felt the heat of the sun and the chill of the waves. I saw the beautiful buildings and the breathtaking sunsets. I was charmed by the bookstore and by Theo. I laughed, I unexpectedly cried, and I finished the book smiling from ear to ear. I had the time of my life searching for Atlantis with Olive and her father. 🌊✨
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenna Evans Welch has done it again. I absolutely loved reading Love & Olives!

This novel brought back all the tone, humor, heart and gut-punching familial relationships of Love & Gelato and I'm so happy about it.

Liv Varanakis is surprised when she receives a postcard from her father asking her to travel to Greece to stay with him. He needs her help with a mystery project; something involving the lost city of Atlantis.

Honestly, Liv has been trying to forget her Dad. She has had little, to no, con
amily :)
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Nikki S
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
**EST 11/08/2019**

How did I not know this was a thing?! I LOVED the other two! And this one is in Greece?! Cool!


This one was good, but it wasn't my favorite. That title still belongs to Love & Luck. Real review to come.

**EDIT 12/27/20**

You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away...

When I saw this was coming out, I immediately added it to my TBR. I LOVED the first 2 in this companion series, and I just knew I was going to love this one too. I mean why wouldn’t I? It
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I loved Love & Gelato so much, and I've been meaning to read Love & Luck, but I'm so excited for this one! I just really need to know if Theo is Greek too, or if he's from a different country. If he's Greek imma be pissed. A Greek naming their son Theo is like a Canadian naming their son Uncle. ...more
chloe ♡
- set in santorini (i've always wanted to go!!)
- cute, slow burn romance
- this made me cry
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
As if I didn’t already want to visit Santorini badly enough, this book made me want to go even more! Love & Olives transports and immerses you into the breathtaking shores of the island. This was the perfect setting for a story about finding yourself and finding your family.
Olive is swept away to Santorini after receiving a postcard from her estranged father asking for her help with a new project.
This was definitely an emotional read. Its biggest plot line was an extremely meaningful one about
Amanda Belcher
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2020

I really enjoyed this installment of the Love and... series. The tension in this book was really well written and I thought some of the more serious themes like abandonment and mental health were handled with grace. I know lots of people have complicated relationships with their fathers and I think my own experiences informed how I read and felt about Liv and her father's relationship. There were times I just wanted to grab Liv by the shoulders (lovingly) and say "hear him out!" And I think
Roaringwave has to study for finals
I think that of all of the books in this “series” this was my least favorite, which was disappointing because I was really looking forward to it.
I felt that the missing dad trope was repeated, although it was altered a bit.
Overall it was a fun enjoyable read.
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)

It comes out so close to my birthday, SURELY this is a gift from the book gods.
nαомι αndιno
What was lost in now found.

Buddy read with Nashita .

This entire series in such a cute, fun and easy read. Love & Olives is set in Santorini, Greece. Liv (Olive) goes to Santorini for ten days to see her father for the first time in 9 years. I love how Jenna Welch has the ability to transport us to the locations of her novels, and, in this particular book, tackles serious issues such as abandonment and mental health.

The romance, as always, isn’t the main plot, but it is still amazing and I fe
Sowmya (bookishelflife)
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I have been religiously reading all the books from love and Gelato series as they come out. I love how vividly detailed these books are, given that they are travelogue kind of books I feel like it is quite important that the reader has to have a clear mind's eye picture of all the details of the place in order to vicariously travel through the book. The author yet does not disappoint with her beautiful narration, you could tell that she has gone to so many lengths in her research to wri
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wait... WHAT?

Jenna Evans Welch How are you doing this? Love & Gelato- Italy, Love & Luck- Ireland and now Greece, specifically SANTORINI !!! Damn, you seem to read my mind and write books featuring the places I'd love to visit.

I can't wait for this book to release... I would devour it, that's for sure!

April 25, 2021

She definitely knows how to tell an enchanting story.
Jenny Jo Weir
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ok-read, ya
It wasn't horrible, I just wish she wasn't so closed off. I understand that she is young and such, but I feel she could have been a bit more willing to ask questions or listen. Overall, it was an OK read. ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
*This review contains spoilers*

I loved Love and Gelato... as in my first book boyfriend (for contemporary because genres have genres and I don't want to make it seem like I haven't been a simp for all of my 23 years) was Ren. Love and Luck... was a bit of a disappointment if I'm being honest. I thought that reveal about her secret was kind of dumb and the romance just wasn't there.

This was kind of the same issue. Not with the general tension between Olive and her father but with the romance. I
I'm All Booked Up  YA
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, europe-ya
*We received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Liv Varanakis pretends to be something she’s not. She wants people to like her without knowing much about her life. After all, she pretends that her life in Seattle is perfect. She has her boyfriend Dax, his friends and a loving family.

Except, she hasn’t seen her dad since she was eight. He left to go back to his home country of Greece and find the lost city of Atlantis. When Liv was little, her dad loved to teach her about Greek mythology

I was excited to see another look in the Love & Gelatos series because this is such a sweet and charming series. I especially enjoy reading it during the summer, or just when you need a refresher.

Much like the other books in the series, it is written in first person and features a young teen. Liv was briefly mentioned in the other book in the series, but I don’t think we know much about her. I was especially excited to read more about Greece since that is where Liv is from.

However, I did fe
Katie Prouty
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

An adventure book! 👏 Greek myths and the lost city of Atlantis. 26 Things My Dad Left Behind, by Indiana Olive. Except she isn't Olive anymore. She goes by Liv. Liv Varanakis and she doesn't ever, ever talk about her absentee Atlantis hunter father, Nico- he fled to Greece when she was eight. Liv finds out...from a postcard😱!...that National Geographic is supporting a documentary about Nico's theories on the golden city. Her mom encourages (read: coerces) her to go to Santorini to reconcile with
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Possibly a 2.5? I don't know.. we shall see how I feel after sitting on this for a while.

I will start off with what I liked.... I REALLY enjoyed the atmosphere and the different landmarks we got to explore and I found myself searching these places online and being able to fully picture how beautiful these places are! I also loved getting to know more about the lore of Atlantis and there were a lot of fun scientific facts thrown into this book which I always appreciate. This also really made me f
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yacontemporary
“What was lost is now found”

Another book with an adorable bookstore 🥺 Theo was my favorite. Santorini was the perfect backdrop for this Atlantis adventure. I LOVED how vivid the descriptions of Santorini were and all the Atlantis info, it made you feel like you were there searching for Atlantis yourself. Olive was a bit difficult to like at first but you later understand her frustrations and why she’s so hesitant to be on this trip.

I hope there’s more books in this little series cause they keep
Cory Marie
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the soul needs a book like Love and Olives. Jenna Evans Welch has a way of transporting me to wherever her novels are set. Love and Gelato singlehandedly made me long to travel to Italy, and Love and Olives offered the same sort of longing for Greece. There is such a charming and addictive quality to this book. Earlier this year I read Love and Luck and it kind of let me down, but THIS!!! This one did not let me down. I really feel like the storyline and the romance are completely on p ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book ten stars, I would! This book was every bit as beautiful as Love & Gelato and Love & Luck. How Jenna Evans Welch just keeps writing such amazing characters with so much heart and passion, I do not know, but I hope she never stops!
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
This series has been so much fun to read so far. I am really excited for a Mamma Mia inspired story. The Greece setting also sounds like the perfect backdrop for a YA romance novel.
4.5/5 stars

Love & Olives is the third book in the young adult contemporary romance series called Love & Gelato by author Jenna Evans Welch. Each of the books in the Love & Gelato series can be read as standalones, and I think they are the perfect books for anyone looking for a cute romance and who is currently experiencing wanderlust. (Which I think is all of us these days!) Love & Olives is the first book in this series that I have had the pleasure of reading, so I can attest to the fact that
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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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