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 Lina 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 from Lina 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 such a cute little book that warmed me up on a cold winter night. The Italian setting was just so beautiful - it was warm and beautiful and vivid in my brain throughout this book. I so enjoyed the descriptions of the beautiful Tuscany buildings and the food, I could just imagine it in my brain.
I think what really grabbed me in this book was the light-hearted writing style, it kept me giggling and it kept me happy and it kept me reading. The romance was cute as well, I loved Ren, the Italian, english speaking lothario (is lothario Italian or strictly Spanish... was he even a lothario as he was a sweet guy..? I don't even know if this is an apt description). There was another guy, Thomas, I felt that was a little unnecessary though, in the end Thomas was just used and a plot device. Not necessary.
What really kept me absorbed was the mystery behind Lina's mother. I loved reading about her exploration of Tuscany and seeing Lina follow it - as well as that, the mystery behind X and Lina's father and all of that was also exciting to read.
At times, I felt that Love & Gelato was a little inconsistent and over-dramatic, but for the most part it was what it was - a nice little read to get you through a cold night,
Overall Rating: B
Book released 3rd May by Simon Pulse
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review