Love & Gelato Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.
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 16 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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 17 minutes|
|Author||Jenna Evans Welch|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 16, 2016|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,754 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Clean & Wholesome Romance for Teens
#5 in Teen & Young Adult Clean & Wholesome Romance
#9 in Fiction on Family for Teens
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2017
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As I finish, I feel exactly as though I have just had the BEST vacation to Italy, explored Florence & even part of Rome, went on some long runs through a scene from an Olive Garden menu & a American Memorial Cemetery, & had some crazy awesome adventures with my new best friends.
This doesn’t happen.
When I’m really busy with life, I read at least half a dozen books a week minimum (when less slammed by my own writing deadlines, sometimes that half dozen is per day; chain-reading is a struggle that I struggle to want to struggle with), & I cannot remember the last time a book took me on such a delightful journey.
It was pure magic.
Maybe because I’m half-Italian myself & always wish I’d been able to go back when my Grandpa was still alive & my family went all the time—they wouldn’t hear of it, as I was at University, and, at the time, the first in our famiglia to ever graduate, but the family doesn’t go over together anymore now that my Grandpa is gone. End of a magical era I have always wished I hadn’t missed.
It was like a taste of that kind of magic.
Only not just a tasting spoon lick of magic like My lactose-intolerant self had with the Alfredo I made for dinner tonight. But like a Strega Nonna pot full of magic. Like I’d baked a crusty chewy loaf of Italian bread to go with it & sat down to enjoy the entire pot, but with none of caloric or tragic lactose-derived consequences after.
In fact it was exactly like I was surrounded by my big fat Italian family’s love, & swimming in a sea of gelato.
“Love & Gelato” indeed.
I will be recommending this wonderful adventure to everybody. I don’t think I have EVER felt that way about ANY book before. Certain books to certain genre lovers, certainly. But everyone? My horror writer friends to sci-fi, to suspense thriller authors like myself, EVERYONE will find something to delight in in this novel. It is a masterpiece of writing & a gorgeous quilt of storytelling, & is utterly magnificent.
Certamente, Jenna Evans Welch is something special & definitely an author to keep an eye on.
I discovered this book because I wanted to read Ms Welch’s 1st novel before reading the advanced reader copy of her 2nd, “Love & Chocolate”, that I won at a local book store’s semi-annual “Ladies’ Night”. I’m getting a crick in my neck from patting myself on the back for that choice, so I’m going to end here & pick up my delicious new ARC of “Love & Chocolate,” and begin reading in 3, 2, 1... Ciao!
Lina finds herself in Italy, she really doesn’t want to be there but it was her mother’s dying wish for her to see Florence. Where her mom had found love. Lina is hurting and confused when she runs into a teenage boy. They strike up a friendship and Ren helps Lina see the sights and puzzle out her mom’s old journal.
Lina was a moody teenager much of the beginning where I was feeling for Howard and so amazed at how he rolled with it. 😂 Howard is 🙌🏼 and I loved seeing their relationship evolve. I imagined Ren to be like a half Italian Tom Holland who was this happy and excited kid that’s happy to be there.
Some of the plot was predictable but not all of it. It’s full of great growth/coming of age, food! I need to find gelato near me and being brave and vulnerable to opening yourself to others.
This had such a great dynamic with the journal entries, 2 stories into 1 book. This had forbidden love, love triangle, friends to lovers, found family. Can’t wait for the movie! And to read the other books!
Content: mild teenage drinking, grief of dead parent, mild language
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We meet Lina who has arrived in rural Tuscany, outside Florence, six months after her mother's death from pancreatic cancer. She is angry, hurt, still grieving and completely unprepared to enjoy her time in Italy. She wants to keep it to a minimum and return to her friend Addie's house back in the States to see out high school. However, she promised her mother that she would spend some time living with her friend Howard, and her recalcitrance can't override that promise.
Within hours of arriving in Tuscany Lina has met Howard, the man she thinks is her father, Sonia and Ren - her sexy, Italian/American neighbour and begun a whistle stop tour of Florence. An unexpected gift from Sonia brings her mother's memories of her time in the city to light and sets Lina off on a journey into her past, which just might help her understand why her mother was so keen for her to be in Italy and help her to fall in love with the country just as she did.
I don't read a lot of YA but I so enjoyed this book. Welch writes with such love of Florence and, as a city that I would love to visit, following Lina and Ren through the streets and seeing her embrace the sights, sounds and tastes of the city was wonderful. Her discovery of the city goes hand in hand with her discovery of her self and of her mother's history. It's really well written and deserves to break out of the YA niche and reach a wider audience.
Lina, the heroine of the story, has to spend her summer in Italy, whether she wants to or not. Apparently, it's with the father she never knew about. Her mother had only started mentioning him towards the end. So why does she have to stay with a complete stranger?
I think out of everyone, I loved Howard most. I kind of figured out what the truth actually was, but I also liked the journal of Lina's mom as an added touch.
Lina has to jump through some hoops, in order to find out the truth and get to know a side of her mom's she hadn't known, before.
As I mentioned, nothing wow so it's not a memorable read. Guess I was expecting something more.
The plot was so fun, eccentric and fluffy read which had me laughing out loud. The characters were all so diverse and unique which I admired.
We got to map ourselves around Rome and Tuscany which is great for the readers because we get a true feeling offing that with the characters. And the characters are what I loved most -
Ren. Ren is an adorable Italian American boy who lives over the field who becomes Linas first friend in Italy. His exciting and bubbly personality makes the read all the more enjoyable
Lina. Lina is a a character who needs the fun and bubbly personality of Ren. And that’s exactly what she gets in this book.