Love & Gelato
“I made the wrong choice.”

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 she 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 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.

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Love & Gelato Reviews

  • Joshua Gabriel
    Oct 5, 2016

    Joshua Gabriel

    This was the first contemporary novel I've read this year, and I absolutely enjoyed it. Although "Love & Gelato" was marketed as a love story, I found the romance between Lina and Ren to be nearly insignificant next to the novel's overall premise: A girl desperately trying to cope ...

  • Eva Wildeman
    Sep 29, 2016

    Eva Wildeman

    1 van de dingen op mijn bucketlist is om een vakantiehuisje in Italië te hebben, en naar dit boek weet ik het zeker! ...

  • Jennifer
    Sep 11, 2016


    Fans of the young-adult genre will definitely enjoy Jenna Evans Welch's debut novel: Love & Gelato. It incorporates grief, family issues, age-appropriate romance, and the Italian culture. Overall, I liked it. The cultural components were my favorite parts. I also could very much ap...

  • Alja (alyaofwinterfell)
    Sep 10, 2016

    Alja (alyaofwinterfell)

    We meet Lina, a 17 year old american girl who is sent to Italy to stay with her father after her mother's death.The loss impacted her deeply and she is doing what she can to pick up the pieces and try to carry on with her life. After the move she gets a hold of her mother's old diary f...

  • Amber Robertson
    Sep 8, 2016

    Amber Robertson

    DNF @ 10%I will be displaying my emotions through Ron Swanson gifs.Love and Gelato was a book I desperately wanted to love. I mean, the set up was perfect. Italy, love and gelato (which I've never actually had but it sounds good). Italy is a destination I have always wanted to travel, ...

  • Chinouk Thijssen
    Sep 7, 2016

    Chinouk Thijssen

    Wat een lief en mooi boek is dit! Erg van genoten. ...

  • Kasie West
    Sep 2, 2016

    Kasie West

    Super cute. I loved it. ...

  • ~ Odette Knappers
    Aug 22, 2016

    ~ Odette Knappers

    This is one of the best contemporary books I've read.What I don't like about it: I'm lactose intollerant and will never be able to taste gelato.What I love about it: everything else.This is a fluffy book, but with a heavy subject. And it is done wonderfully.Also, I love that this book ...

  • Ayla
    Aug 16, 2016


    Wauw!! Echt een heel mooi boek! ...

  • Jessica Dillema
    Aug 16, 2016

    Jessica Dillema

    Het perfecte boek voor de zomer! ...