Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato #1

Jenna Evans Welch

fiction contemporary romance young adult
lighthearted relaxing fast-paced

389 pages | first published 2016

“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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lighthearted 85%
adventurous 52%
emotional 47%
funny 41%
hopeful 37%
relaxing 18%
mysterious 12%
inspiring 10%
reflective 10%
sad 10%
tense 2%


medium 54%
fast 46%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 53% | A mix: 23% | Plot: 23%

Strong character development?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 10% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 92% | No: 4% | It's complicated: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 60% | Yes: 18% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 5%

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Yes: 48% | No: 24% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 5%

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