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.
©2016 Jenna Evans Welch (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
I didn't hate this book....starting out like that might make you think contrary but I really didn't. It was a really lighthearted story, that tried to get deep but had trouble executing. It has a very promising set up, as Italy is a great location for young love. But the author just couldn't quite get deep enough. It was too fast paced and slow all at once. I found myself in the last 1/2 hour of the book wondering when things were going to finally be resolved, or at least seem close. Because of this the ending felt incredibly rushed. For a relatively long book, I felt things could've started wrapping up sooner. In my opinion, the author just has some growing to do. The foundation was there! But something was missing in the writing. Like I said, it's a cute book! But did it live up to expectations? Not at all.
I love being read to.
Italy also stood out to me as a vital character in this story. I wasn't particularly wanting a young adult novel, but everything about it flowed as beaurifully as a ride in Tuscany. It was very satisfying to be taken back to the my favorite travel destination.
Usually can't finish young adult novels, but I found myself smiling often and wanting to visit Italy. I enjoyed how witty and surprisingly intrigued I was with the plot. I will be reading the next Jenna Evans Welch novel.
This book was fantastic. I loved the love story of the teens and it gave me butterflies and reminded me of my youth. I liked the mystery part of the story too. Narrator was very good, especially with the different accents.
Enjoy romance, erotic, and YA
This is a journey of a 16-year old girl trying to puzzle some pieces in Italy. She ends up finding more than she expected when she reads her deceased mother's journal. I enjoy books that highlight touristy sites in other countries. This is age-appropriate, no foul language, there is kissing and one fade-to-black scene written in the mother's journal. I took 1 star from Story because I wish things had been different for the mother. I do recommend this YA for a credit.
I really liked this book - excellent escapism, especially after listening to a thriller. I would have liked a different narrator for the journal entries - the narrator did a great job but having 2 narrators would have helped separate them. I had to go back a couple times to figure out when we'd skipped in time and then realized it was a journal entry.
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