Book Review

Book Review: Love & Olives (Love & Gelato #3) by Jenna Evans Welch

Rating: ★★★★☆
Audience: YA Contemporary Romance
Length: 506 pages
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 10th, 2020
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


Santorini felt like an island holding its breath. As if it were keeping in a secret…

Liv Varanakis doesn’t like to think about her father much, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight, leaving her with just a few painful memories of their shared love for the lost city of Atlantis. So when teenage Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father, who explains that National Geographic is supporting a documentary about his theories on Atlantis—and asks if she will fly out to Greece and help—Liv is less than thrilled.

When she arrives in gorgeous Santorini, things are just as awkward as she’d imagined. There are so many questions, so many emotions that flood to the surface after seeing her father for the first time in years. Liv doesn’t want to get sucked back into her father’s world. She also definitely doesn’t want Theo, her father’s charismatic so-called protégé, to witness her struggle.

Even so, she can’t help but be charmed by everything Santorini has to offer—the beautiful sunsets, the turquoise water, the sun-drenched villages, and the delicious cuisine. But not everything on the Greek island is as perfect as it seems. Because as Liv slowly begins to discover, her father may not have invited her to Greece for Atlantis, but for something much more important.


Oh wow. I read Love & Gelato years ago and adored it. I ended up skipping book two after seeing less than stellar reviews. I HAD NO IDEA THERE WAS A BOOK THREE??

I’m so glad I read it because it was the charming quintessential young adult contemporary that I love reading. This gave me major wanderlust about traveling and now I have officially added Santorini to my bucket list. I loved all of the Atlantis theories and lore. I remember a time when I was really into this fabled city and it was fun exploring that too. The ending made me tear up with the discussions on mental health and doing the best you can.

Olive held a lot of pieces I love about teen girls. I liked her bravery in going to see and confront her father, but also her willingness to see what’s been happening in his life. She had a great balance of (deserved) anger and finding new joys while overcoming personal anxieties. I thought the sweet romance with Theo was so stinkin’ cute. It continually made me smile. My only tiny issue was that I hate when a main character dates someone off page for 95% of the book (he really didn’t have a point past the first 15%).

Anyways, LOVED THIS. A great edition to the series.

Overall audience notes:

  • YA Contemporary Romance
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: kisses
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: bipolar disorder, panic attacks, smoking

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Book Review

Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato


Rating: ☆☆☆.5
Audience: YA+, no language in English (one word in Italian is used a few times), some kissing, no violence
Length: 389 pages
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


Oh this book is sooooo cute and a quick read. Just what I was looking for!

This book also gave my major wanderlust to see Italy. And to eat gelato. Yum.

The characters were adorable and I wanted to give everyone a hug to make the feel better. I enjoyed that even with death being a focus, it wasn’t heavy. There was a light for Lina to continue and enjoy her time even though her Mom is no longer there.

Ren made me have all the dreamy eyes. He’s a precious cinnamon roll. The interactions between Lina and Ren made me smile and even laugh out loud on occasion.

Also, Howard. I love him too. And think he deserves all the love for his heartbreak too.

Great read. One Italian curse word is used, no violence and a few kissing scenes. An appropriate read for younger audiences.