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Love & Olives

(Love & Gelato #3)

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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Liv Varanakis doesn’t have a lot of fond memories of her father, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight. What Liv does remember, though, is their shared love for Greek myths and the lost city of Atlantis. So when Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father explaining that National Geographic is funding a documentary about his theories on Atlantis— ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Simon Pulse
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Cindy Munoz Olive or Liv was mentioned a couple of times in Love and Luck. She was Addie’s soccer friend.
r.bookish it can be read as a standalone, but it would probably work better since you can learn about Liv and the other girl in book two loose connection

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amily :)
Dec 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
I LOVED LOVE & GELATO SO MUCH I CANT WAIT :D ...more
Nikki S
Nov 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
**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!

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
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
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Kaja (red panda) *:・゚✧
I loved Love & Gelato so so SO incredibly much and I still need to read Love & Luck. This one is going on preorder list ASAP. ...more
Amanda Belcher
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, ya
(4.5)

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
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Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I NEED THIS ASAP.

It comes out so close to my birthday, SURELY this is a gift from the book gods.
Roaringwave9
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.
Poonkuzhali
Jun 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
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!
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


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
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Christy
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
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Michelle
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
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Nine years ago, Olive's father left and never looked back. That's when she reinvented herself as Liv. But recently, he reached out, and now Liv was on her way to Greece to help her father in his search for the lost city of Atlantis. Though she was struggling with her feelings about the trip, she hoped for the best. But would she be able to put the past aside and work on rebuilding her relationship with her father?

I am very much a fan of this series and was SO excited when I hea
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Janae
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks, ya
Olive is heartbroken so she has become Liv. She has created a new life for herself. Liv has great style, enjoys creating art, and has a great boyfriend. She doesn't need the dad who left her when she was eight.

How is it that she is now heading to Greece to see her father. The same father that left her for the lost world of Atlantis. Liv dislikes Atlantis and all it stands for. Olive was obsessed with Atlantis.

Olive, who goes by Liv, starts to determine that possibly she didn't have the whole s
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Emily
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute read! I want to find a cute boy in Greece!
Darla
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
When Olive's dad left their family, 26 things were left behind. Jenna Evans Welch begins each chapter of this book with one of those things. The last one is the most important, so even if this book seems a bit on the long side -- don't give up on it. I do believe this book could have done with a bit more editing, but the overall message is so heartwarming and universal that I decided to give it five sparkly Atlantis stars. Olive believes her dad Nico left to find the lost city of Atlantis. She w ...more
Kristy
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s 2am and I’m crying, this is the most moving of all three books so far and I’m living for it! Will try to write proper review closer to publication date!
Angelina Jenson
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Asafjaksa. That ending. That ending made the whole 500 paged book (which did go a little slow) SO MUCH BETTER. First of all, yes I rated it five stars. Yes, each book that she wrote I gave five stars. No, I promise you they all do not follow a similar plot line. They are so unique and special and asafskfjal.

Okay, I am a little biased with this book because, fun fact: I'm Greek. My grandparents are Greek immigrants, I've been to Greece, and I've had the opportunity to experience Greek culture and
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Lisa Mandina
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So this is the first book I’ve read in this series, and I was blown away! Of course leave it to me to read the longest one too! It was a very big book, I mean over 400 pages! Greece is definitely on the list of places I’ve always wanted to visit. And the sound of the bookstore that Liv gets to stay in and spend a lot of time in is just perfect! I love the idea of all the homes in the cliffs and if I was ever going to meet someone and fall in love and get married, and had the money, I always thou ...more
Becca
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of Love & Olives in exchange for an honest review!

I have been eyeing the Love & Gelato series for quite some time & when I saw it was available to request, I decided it was time to take the plunge.

Reader, believe me when I say that I was not disappointed.

Throughout my time with Love & Olives, I felt like I was embarking on a mission alongside Nathan Drake or Indiana Jones. I need more adventures & traveling books in my life
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Mel (ReadUntilTheLastPage)
"Once upon a time there was an island so perfect and beautiful that is angered the gods.
Once upon a time there was an island.
Once upon a time."


To say I loved this book feels like an understatement! I definitely picked this up at the right time because it was just the book I have been looking to read recently!

First off, I have loved both the other books in this series and this one did not disappoint, it was just a cute and fun as the others were! Second, I loved that this was set around a sto
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Brook Obsessed
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A richly descriptive coming of age story about a girl named Liv who discovers love, Atlantis, and a relationship with her long-lost father whilst adventuring in Santorini. A fun-filled and emotionla YA journey with lots of wanderlust! I adore this book!

Blurb: Liv is forced to spend a few weeks with her estranged father in Santorini, leaving behind an angry boyfriend and a pregnant mother. Liv soon finds out that Santorini has so much more to offer than a mysterious father figure and a myth she t
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Mariana
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF around 50%
I was really trying to like this book, the plot was interesting but I couldn’t like Theo no matter how much I tried, the quirky things that was supposed to make him “wonderful” were actually annoying things. He didn’t respect Liv at all, from ignoring her request to not use her full name and stop filming her without her consent to constantly ignore every body wishes and ruin the surprises. Every time he used his “clever” nickname for Liv I would dislike him a little more.

Also am I
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Shannon
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
OMG this book got me in the feels! I think this is by far the most emotional book of the Love & series. My heart went out to Olive throughout the entire book, but I was still rooting for a reconciliation at the same time. The resolution does come a bit late in the book for my taste, and I wish there had been more of a romance aspect to the book, but overall this is a great read. ...more
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audio-book-2020
I'm not crying, YOU are crying.
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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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