The dying wish of 16-year-old Lina’s mother was for her daughter to live in Tuscany and get to know her father, whom Lina has never met.
“Howard is the best man I’ve ever known,” her mother says, “he’ll keep you safe.” Why did her mother wait so long to tell her about him? Lina has a happy life in Seattle and doesn’t want to leave. Shortly after she arrives at Howard’s home, Lina meets Sonya, who gives Lina a diary that belonged to Lina’s mother, the one she had kept while she was a photography student in Florence. While Lina is living her life and exploring Tuscany with her handsome neighbour, Ren, she follows in the footsteps of her mother and gets to know her as never before. She also finds out the truth about her father. Mostly she finds out about herself.
It’s coming into summer here in Australia, and so it’s time for me to start planning what books I’m gong to be reading to get me in the mood for days at the beach, consuming my bodyweight in gelato, and reading with the air conditioner on. I do love reading books to match the season I’m in because I find that they’re just all the more atmospheric. There’s nothing better than curling up with a wintery thriller in the colder months with a cup of steaming hot chocolate, but the same goes for summer. I adore reading about summer love, and road trips, and bucket lists while I’m lying by the pool with a soda in one hand and my book in the other.
Love & Gelato was the perfect book to get me in the mood for summer. Set in Tuscany, this novel is about a girl’s struggles to get to know her father due to her mother’s dying wish—but it’s also about secrets, and new friendships, and most importantly, gelato. It was an absolutely delightful read. Filled with all the summery goodness, it’s the first of my seasonal reads for the warmer months, and it definitely won’t be my last. I adored the romance elements in it, and it was just a fun, enjoyable read. The Italian setting sets this novel apart from so many other books out there, and it was just such a treat to read.
The idea of the protagonist finding an old journal belonging to her mother was an element that reminded me a lot of Margot & Me — another novel I adored. I felt like this aspect really held the intrigue in the narrative and ensured that I was never bored while reading it. I wanted to know what secrets would be uncovered by reading her mother’s journal and how Lina’s relationship with her father would be improved, and it was just spectacular. I couldn’t have wished for a more heartwarming read. I wasn’t expecting to get the whole journal-reading aspect from the novel, but it definitely made it so much more of an unforgettable summery book.
Ultimately, Love & Gelato is a cute, summery read filled with beautiful Tuscan scenery and touching new friendships that will leave you craving gelato. It was the perfect novel to get me in the mood for summer, and I’m looking forward to reading more fun, uplifting, and atmospheric YA contemporaries set in the warmer months. Good books always makes summer better.
Other Summery Recommendations:
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Have you read Love & Gelato, or any of the other books I’ve recommended or are on my TBR? What’s your favourite summery read? Is it coming into summer where you are? Do you like to read books according to seasons as well? I’d love to know!
Thanks to Walker Books Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!