Thursday, June 30, 2016

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch - ADVISABLE

Welch, Jenna Evans  Love and Gelato, 386 pgs.  Simon Pulse, 2016.  $17.99  Content: Language: PG (2 swears); Mature Content: PG-13 (underage drinking); Violence: G.  

Lina’s mother has recently passed away and her dying request was for Lina to visit Tuscany and stay with a man named Howard.  When sixteen year old Lina arrives at Tuscany she is unsure what her mother wanted her to find there, but Lina is given one of her mother’s journals.  As Lina tries to put together her mother’s story before Lina was born, she also finds friendship and hope in Tuscany.   

This is a fun summer read with likable characters and an enchanting setting.  There is the mystery throughout of Lina’s mother’s love story and Lina’s current journey through love and everything comes together in the end.  This is a very clean novel and is easy to recommend.   

MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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