Love & Luck

Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4 out of 5 stars (208 ratings)

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From the author of the New York Times best-selling Love & Gelato comes a heartwarming tale of a road trip through Ireland filled with love, adventure, and the true meaning behind the word family.

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken - and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother - and her problems - behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

©2018 Jenna Evans Welch (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Welch broke my listening rut

A few weeks ago I was in the midst of a listening rut when an advanced copy of Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch landed on my desk. It reminded me that her debut Love & Gelato had been lingering on my to-listen-to list, so I downloaded it on the spot…and finished it in a day. (I'll spare you the details about the intense wanderlust it sparked...). I then dove right into Love & Luck and devoured it with the same fervor. Welch establishes setting so well and made me want to hop on a plane to the Emerald Isle (the spot-on Irish accent from narrator Lisa Flanagan didn’t hurt either). What’s more, it was incredibly refreshing to have the central relationship in this YA tale be between siblings.

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PHENOMENAL

I didn’t think I would like this I figured it would be for a teenager. But I immediately fell in love with it. What a magical adventure! I don’t know if tour guide for the heartbroken is a real book but I sure hope so! The Irish accents are incredible and not too much! I just loved this book!

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Not bad

The mom was mean the first few chapters but the story was really good.😋😋😋nice

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Narration too exagerated

I couldn't get into this book because the narration was a bit too exaggerated for me.

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It’s Ok

I really tried to love this book based on reviews, but I couldn’t get into it. It dragged on and on and at 4 hrs into the book, if I had to hear Cubby’s name one more time and then the same argument rehashed and sentences not finished, I was going to scream. I love this author’s descriptions, but her constant interrupted dialogue and never getting to the point is terrible. I had the same issue with Love and Gelato, but the Italian scenery and story kept me going. I didn’t feel like I was immersed in Ireland like I had been in Italy in her previous book. Needless to say, I skipped ahead to 6.5 hrs into the book (!!) to FINALLY find out what happened and will not even finish the book and return because I just didn’t care about these characters at all.

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Middle of the Road (Trip)

This was a cute book with a fun cast of characters, but I think it’s on the younger side of YA novels and it dragged a bit for me. I probably should have known better before using a credit, but I liked the sounds of a cute Irish romance.

The book was more centered around the siblings and their drama and secrets and friendship than about romance which is perfectly fine!! It just wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, and also the secret of “what REALLY happened over summer” dragged on for far too long.

Overall it’s a cute read, and I’m sure teenage me would’ve loved it! Current me though is just feeling very in the middle about it.

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❤️ 🍀 ❤️ 🍀

Jenna has done The game by bringing us another wonderful abroad story. This time we see how a Young girl gets over heart break, the reconstruction between two siblings, and healing power and beauty of Ireland.

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Daughter First Audio book.

Loved the story. We enjoyed the characters and how they relate to real life situations.

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it was definatly predictable but i liked it better than love and gelato. i recommend for teens

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Enjoyable

I read Jenna's first book Love & Gelato first. I recommend doing this. As Lena is referenced in this book often because Addy & Lena are best friends. It isn't absolutely necessary, just my recommendation. I see a lot of similarities between these books. Both girls have a "book" of some kind to guide them through their trips. Both girls have two male leads by their side. Both are discovering new things about themselves. I think Jenna is a talented writer, but I worry that her work will become boring if she doesn't break free of these similarities. I mean, it could be intentional since the characters are in both books, I am not sure. I guess I will have to wait until she publishes more.

This is a light read, that touches on important topics. I would recommend her books. They have the ability to make you feel like you're traveling along side the characters. Jenna paints beautiful pictures and you can tell she really did her homework with Ireland and Italy.

Can't wait to see what is to come!!