Jenna Evans Welch’s debut novel, Love & Gelato, is such a fun and summery read and reminded me a lot of Jennifer E. Smiths books, like This is What Happy Looks Like. I usually don’t buy books before I read them, but when I was only fifty pages into this book and had to return my library copy, I went out and got my own copy. And it’s been a long time since I stayed up late reading a book, but I stayed up finishing this one. I love contemporary YA romances, and Love & Gelato delivered.
The books is about Lina, a girl who is spending the summer in Florence because her mother’s dying wish was for her to live with the father she didn’t know about. And even though Italy is beautiful and has amazing gelato, Lina just wants to go home until she is given the journal her mother kept when she lived in Florence before Lina was born. As Lina learns about her mother’s past and befriends Ren, she learns a secret about her past that changes everything.
My favorite part about this book was of course the setting. I love books that can take you away to another place, and when I read Love & Gelato I felt like I was in Italy. Everything was beautifully described, and it made me really want some gelato. While I thought the mother’s journal entries lacked depth, Lina’s narrative was funny and engrossing. And though this book dealt with topics like death and domestic abuse, it was hopeful and for the most part light-hearted.
Spring is my favorite season. I love sunshine and flowers and warmer days. Spring is so beautiful and full of new growth and fresh starts.
Because I live in Ohio, even though it’s officially spring already, the weather is still up and down and as I’m writing this it is still pretty cold outside. So to cheer myself up I wanted to write about everything I’m looking forward to this spring!
Egg the City
My church puts on an amazing egg hunt every Easter called Egg the City. This year there’s going to be 100,000 eggs. I was on the setup team last year and this year my husband and I are leading the setup along with another couple. I can’t wait to cover the football field with eggs tomorrow and see all of the excited children! It’s going to be a great day followed by our Easter services that night and Sunday morning!
My sister has been working in Disney World since January as part of their college program, and I finally get to go see her in a week and a half! I love Disney with all my heart, and I’ve been dying to go back since our last trip in December 2016. I’m also really looking forward to this trip because it’ll be just my mom and sister and me. We’ve never had a trip like this with just us girls, and we’re all really looking forward to it.
I don’t care if I’m allergic to everything that grows, flowers are beautiful. They make me smile. I love this bouquet that my husband got for me last week when it snowed even though it was supposed to be spring.
I’m always looking forward to books! Some of the books on my spring TBR are Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (again, I can’t get enough of this book), Called to Create by Jordan Raynor, and Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.