By Jenna Evans Welch
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch is an uplifting and light read that will restore your faith in love, friendship, and the power of dessert. Sixteen-year-old Lina has just begun recovering from her mother’s death when she is sent to live with her father, a man she has never met, who lives in a graveyard, in Italy. However, she soon discovers her mother’s journal, filled with glimpses into a past that Lina never knew existed. She also finds family, romance, and bakeries as she begins to explore not just her mother’s past, but herself, her future, and the beautiful country of Italy.
LOVE & GELATO is an absolutely wonderful read that gives contrast to the stampede of dark dystopian teenage fiction that seems to fill bookshelves these days. While it remains cheerful and funny throughout, there’s an element of depth to it, but it’s written without feeling heavy handed or overly moralistic. I genuinely enjoyed both the plot and the characters and loved watching both develop throughout the story. The descriptions of the setting are equally enrapturing; the author’s attention to detail adds another dimension to the novel. I really appreciated taking the time to read this book and I highly recommend it.