“There is a reason they call it falling in love, because when it happens there’s no trying or doing, you just let go and hope that someone’s going to be there to catch you.”
The feeling of falling in love is like having the best day ever, every single day. You suddenly discover new multiple facets to yourself that you didn’t even know existed. Suddenly your heart and all the defenses you built to protect is melt like butter on a warm toast. Recently I read Love and Gelato by Jenna Welch and it took me on journey of first summer love added with the beauty of Italy.
Synopsis: 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.
What I Felt: Reading this book made me really happy. The story is beautifully written and the characters are lovable. Especially Ren who was my favorite. I loved how they have intertwined the stories of both Lina and her mom, one which happens in the present while the other took place 16-17 years back via her mom’s journal. The added mystery unfolds at a perfect pace and I sometimes did get an urge to just skip to the parts with journal entries so I could read it through. But I controlled. This book is a great example of how you do not need huge complicated plotlines, sometimes a simple story, everyday characters can strike a chord.
The only thing I didnt like about it would be that it made me want to travel to Italy so bad!! My sister just came two weeks back from Italy where she completed her one semester, had already told me amazing tales about it and oh!! all the pictures. And now add the gelato, I am wanderlust. Anyways this book is perfect for summers and you should definitely give it a read.
I would give it a 4/5.
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