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Love & Gelato
Love & Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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 isnt in the mood for Italys famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. Shes only there because it was her mothers dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isnt around for sixteen 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 Linas 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 mothers footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. Its a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her fatherand even herself. People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.
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cwarnier
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#BookSpin
November List

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Scochrane26
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This was recommended to me by my friend‘s daughter, & I think it‘s a sweet YA story. It‘s a little silly that the author assumes the MC (& readers) doesn‘t know what prosciutto, cannolis, & gelato are, but I‘ll forgive that. Lina‘s mom dies & makes her promise to visit an old friend in Florence. Of course, there‘s a ya romance, but the story has substance due to grief & her mother‘s backstory. More books in series are set in different countries.

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cwarnier
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@Deblovestoread sorry this didn't get posted yesterday, but I love this all. I almost checked out Love and Gelato from the library last weekend.
My students loves the unboxing and even playing with the bubble wrap.
I feel very spoiled and loved.
#fffs #fallingforfallswap @Avanders

Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 2mo
Deblovestoread I'm glad you like it. It was a fun box to put together😀 2mo
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kissmehardy
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The descriptions in this book are just stunning, and the mystery of Lina's mom's journal keeps you hooked. Every so often, Lina and Ren feel a little too squeaky-clean to be 16/17, but it's not detrimental overall. #yaromance #yalit #reread

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kspenmoll
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#JulyJam #icecreamday @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

A romancy YA book, set in Tuscany💕

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 4mo
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marleed
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This was sweet even though I don‘t believe for a minute a hs student traveling in a foreign country while mourning the death of her mother would savor the surprise gift of her mother‘s journal over time vs devouring in one sitting - esp when said journal contains the answers to unasked and unanswered questions she is actively trying to solve. …Also, props to any book that gives me an excuse to purchase gelato! ↓

marleed Funny, on the Eve of reading this book, I saw it was developed into a Netflix movie. I think it‘s the first time I finished a book and then watched the movie an hour later. The adaption retained the essence of the book but made a pile of other changes - including my issue with the journal. 5mo
Linsy Looks delicious 5mo
marleed @Linsy it really was! 5mo
Arvena The book was better 😊 5mo
marleed @Arvena So often the case! 5mo
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Arvena
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Just watched the movie. It was OK... :)

CaramelLunacy Not nearly enough gelato in the movie given its title! 5mo
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Arvena
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Cute, fluffy, cheesy, romantic and delicious.

marleed This is on my TBR for this month too! 5mo
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Now on Netflix!
#page2screen

BiblioLitten Did you like it? 5mo
Sharpeipup @bibliolitten I fell asleep. Not quite how I pictured it. 5mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Reread this book again because I hated the movie so much...I had such high hopes from it!

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asterese
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Happy Easter, Litsy friends!! 🥰 I just want to thank this community for keeping me sane, and for keeping my spirits up with everyone's mutual love for books during the past few years. Last Tuesday I learned that I passed my country's Bar Examinations, which took place 2 months ago after several delays and postponements. Litsy was part of my life the entire time I was preparing, and it will continue to be so in this new chapter of my life. 💜💜

IuliaC Congratulations and Happy Easter! 8mo
Chrissyreadit Congratulations! 8mo
BookHoarder32 Love this book ❤️ Congrats! 7mo
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canbku
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This was cute and quick, but I could not at all get past the main conceit of the journal. I mean, it just didn't make a lot of sense. I did like all of the characters, though, and the setting was really fun.

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canbku
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Trying something new for a buddy read. The main character is driving me crazy, but there's room for growth.... She's just so completely uninterested in being in Italy. It's Italy!

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kellyannprz
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Last night I remembered I didn‘t upload my opinion: fun and light✨It was a very good choice for the month of February

SayersLover I enjoyed this one too! Such a sweet story. @kellyannprz 9mo
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SayersLover
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It‘s a cold, gray Sunday, so I decided to read an easy YA book set in Italy. A glass of white wine might be in order to complete the relaxed vibe.

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Barrettck
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Easy read! Despite the lightheartedness, I could still deeply feel heartbreak at certain points. Already bought the next book in the series!

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asterese
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"You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they stay, it's for the same two things."

"What?"

"Love and gelato."

All my love to Jenna Evans Welch for writing this book, and this entire series. I will read whatever she writes. ?

kspenmoll I loved this book! Did not know it was a series! 9mo
asterese @kspenmoll I just found out last year. 😃 book #2 is Love & Luck; and book #3 is Love & Olives. 😄 9mo
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kellyannprz
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Just had to take a picture of this moment✨

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kellyannprz
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In the spirit of February✨

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Sharabies
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This was a beautiful story! The friendship between Ren and Lina was sweet and perfect.

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WJCintron
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This is a new author for me. Sounds like a cute and heartwarming romance. It's gonna be a movie, so I'm excited about this one.
Who read it? Any comments?

#newauthor #romance #cute #currentlyreading #loveandgelato #jennaevanswelch #bookintomovie #movie

ckittle019 I absolutely love the setting, it is beautiful. Such a cute book💛 Enjoy! 10mo
CogsOfEncouragement A few years ago my teen daughter read this and then insisted I did so we could talk about it. We both loved it. We read the next two in the series. I think there is one more though that we haven‘t gotten to yet. I hadn‘t heard about the movie. That is fun news! 10mo
WJCintron @ckittle019 🙏 Thanks!! 😃 The description gave me a bit of Casper vibes. 😊 10mo
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Liatrek I loved this book so much and I got to read it on my trip to Florence 🙂 10mo
WJCintron @CogsOfEncouragement YAY! Thanks for sharing!! Yes, there's a movie in post production! Can't wait! I have the second book, but I'm missing the others. Let's keep each other posted on the movie, etc. 😃 👍 10mo
WJCintron @Liatrek Wow! That's amazing!! 🙌 😃 10mo
Redy2trvl I loved this sweet book! I read it on the beach a few years ago in one sitting. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! (edited) 10mo
WJCintron @Redy2trvl Thanks!! I am!! 😃👍 Can't wait for the movie!! 10mo
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bookiehannah
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So cute! I was really iffy on the beginning and the main girl annoyed me a bit but after a few chapters it really hooked me in 😊

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tracey38
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Finished this audiobook on Thursday. I've been hearing great things about this for so long now and finally got around to it. It was really good. I loved the characters. Lena travels to Italy to stay with a father she has only just found out about. She doesn't know what to make of it. She finds out about a journal her mother sent and starts on a journey of discovery while reading of her mother's life in Italy with her new friend Ren. ❤

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SereneSunset
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Finding out surprising news while going through a though situation is never good.

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BayouGirl85
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To learn about her mother as well as fall in love in Italy, I had a read time goin on this adventure with Lina.

I loved the thread the you can find family and a place of true belonging among people who don‘t share your DNA.

August Book 2/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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fredamans
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If you like a feel-good romance, with a touch of drama, then you need this book in your life. It's definitely going on my faves list! 5⭐

Full review: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2021/07/love-gelato-by-jenna-evans-welch-24.html

kspenmoll Oh I read this awhile ago & so enjoyed it! 1y
fredamans @kspenmoll I can't wait to see where the next book takes us! 1y
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GypsyKat
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I‘m honestly amazed that I‘ve been using this little cool mist humidifier next to my bed for months now, and it has not made the slightest bit of damage to my books! 💖

alisiakae That‘s a really cute diffuser! 1y
GypsyKat @4thhouseontheleft Thanks! I really love it! 1y
Tera66 Great picture! 1y
GypsyKat @Tera66 Thanks! It‘s literally just the shelf above my nightstand. I like colorful things.🤷🏻‍♀️🥰 1y
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Prabh1een
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This is definitely a feel good book. Anyone can read this and just feel happy. Definitely not what you expected! A cute love story from Italy. I honestly love it.

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Italy is one of my all-time favorite travel spots in the world. I got this book solely to feel the nostalgia of when I used to travel there. The setting of this book is excellent, you could easily tell it was set in Italy and what I did enjoy is that it wasn't just filled with Italian stereotypes. The love story is cute, but it's not something that you haven't already read. Overall it's a cute book that has captured the essence of Italy

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Maybe I‘ll have this for dinner 🍦 😋

#Scrumptious
#InspiredNewYear

TheKidUpstairs Yum! I support this dinner choice 😋 2y
Bklover Definitely! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Treat
#WordsofOctober

📚 🍭 🎃

OriginalCyn620 Nice pic! 🎃 2y
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Beatlefan129
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The story follows Lina, a 17 year old American girl whose mother has just died.She goes to Florence to fulfill her mother‘s wish that she would go and stay with Howard, a man who knew her mother but she has never met.When she arrives, she is given a journal that belonged to her mother and starts reading it to put together some of the missing pieces of her life.Overall, it was a very cute story and a great way to remind myself of an incredible city

Beatlefan129 The image is the interior of Il Duomo in Florence. The image can‘t do it justice, it‘s incredible 2y
lynneamch Will love being reminded of Florence, as well. It was my favorite city of our whirlwind 3-week tour of Europe after high school graduation many, many years ago. Ha. I just realized the post I put up includes the little globe a bought at the street market there. 2y
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Cute and fun YA novel set in Italy. Lina is a 16-yr old girl who just lost her mother and is sent to Italy to live with her father. Full of romance, family, and even a touch of mystery. Definitely makes me want to visit Italy soon and eat lots of pizza, pasta, and of course gelato! #Booked2020 pick for #ArmchairTravel

Cinfhen Sounds like the perfect pick 🍦🍨🍦 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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An enjoyable 4🌟 contemporary YA. When 16 year old Lina's mother dies, she goes to Italy to spend the summer with her estranged father Howard, an American expat, living & working in a WWII cemetery. She's a little bratty at first but she slowly starts to warm up to the idea that she's in Italy. Guided by her mother's journal from her own time spent in Florence, Lina learns what happened 17 years ago & why Lina's is here now with a dad ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick ⬆️ she only recently heard about. My main gripes were that Lina is a bit clueless to hints in the journal about her mom's life & there weren't many "fish out of water" experiences with Lina not being familiar with Italian. She's surrounded by English speakers in a village outside of Florence. Howard & the assistant cemetery caretaker Sonia were cute adults here that have Lina suppose to adapt to her new situation. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This is a #bookspinbingo square & my last #summerfun book. I'll update my cards, too, to see where I'm at with them. @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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A storm rolled through this morning, making perfect weather to build a modest blanket fort. Watson was rather suspicious of it at first but now he's gone from joining me to hogging it for himself. #summerfun @StayCurious

Bette But Watson is so cute. ❤️🐶 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Bette Thanks! The problem is...I know he's cute and he knows that I know. Needless to say, the fort was his for the rest of the afternoon. This morning I couldn't get him to join me for about 90 minutes. 🤣 2y
Bette I hear that. 🤣 2y
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Monyca
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I loved Love & Gelato! Such a cute story and I loved being in Florence, along for the ride.

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SanjanaGhosh
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"Gelato. Italian ice cream. The greatest thing that will ever happen to you."

This book made me dream about my lost European vacation thanks to this pandemic, and gave me major FOMO about all the lovely food I missed. Basically, this book made me constantly hungry. Thank god it was a short read xD

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SejalKhare
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"People came to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it's for the same two things."
"What?"
"Love and gelato."
Ahhh , Love & Gelato ! The best book I've read yet ! The perfect summer read for you , if you are a romantic at heart , love food , travels and mellow vibes . Set in the beautiful little places in Italy , this book will steal your heart , trust me on this one ♡♡
XOXO ,
SejalKhare?

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JenReadsAlot
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Enjoyable YA book set in Italy. Who doesn't love gelato? #summerfun pick - ice cream on the cover
@4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious

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StephanieGeiser
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Just finished this book this morning and it was so stinkin‘ cute! A solid 3.5 ⭐️ for this YA love story that takes place in Italy. Oh, the mental images I have of that country now male yearn to travel again! But for real, it‘s a fast, fun summer read that you won‘t regret. Can‘t wait to pick up the next in the series!!

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Love & Gelato gave me exactly what I expected of it: a perfectly average young romantic story set in Italy. While predictable, it was entertaining enough—just the ticket for my weary brain at the moment. I'll possibly read the next installment, if it's available when I need another easy read.

zezeki I've read this one few years ago and loved. And last night I started reading 3y
JoyBlue @zezeki Funny story: Love & Luck hogged a spot on my hold list, and finally came through. THEN, I found out that I should have read Love & Gelato first. So, I dutifully released Love & Luck to the next person in line, and borrowed Love & Gelato. Now I have to wait for the second one to become available again. 😂 3y
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QueenG
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Book 43 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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In this time of quarantine Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch was a nice escape, even for someone who doesn't usually read YA.

CogsOfEncouragement My daughter and I like this series. Looking forward to the next book release. 3y
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Day 🤷🏾‍♀️

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alisiakae
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Engaging in some meditative #audiocoloring while Maya does a Perler bead project. She feels better!This is her #audiobook pick. I am not a fan of the narrator at all, but I like the story.

My non-reading distractions:
✨ Exercise: riding my Peloton bike, walks, yoga
✨ FB Live zoo videos
✨ Coloring, sticker books and puzzles
✨ Netflix, but I haven‘t actually turned on the TV at all this week so far!

#IsolationInteractions

CBee Hiiiiiii!!!! I‘ve watched some of the Cincinnati Zoo “home safari” videos. I adore Fiona the hippo! And they had an ocelot today and I was just in awe, she‘s gorgeous 😍😍😍 3y
alisiakae @CBee I loved the Ocelot! I‘ll tag you in my next post; I have a cute photo of one of my cats watching the ocelot video too. 😻 3y
riversong153 I immediately think of those commercials when anyone says Peloton. 3y
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alisiakae @riversong153 some of their commercials have become pretty infamous. I am so thankful to have this bike right now, so I can still exercise in isolation! 3y
riversong153 @4thhouseontheleft I bought a very low budget bike from amazon. I‘m hoping to get some miles in lol. The gym is closed where I usually go and I have been eating like I‘m trapped in a snow storm! I need some exercise aside from my daily walks with my kid. 3y
alisiakae @riversong153 I have actually been eating less, this is like the diet I didn't try for. When I get super, super stressed I lose my appetite. Side benefit? 😆 3y
diovival I'm glad Maya is feeling better and that you've got some good distractions going. 3y
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Margot0817
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I realized after I started this book that it is probably written for a teenage audience but I don't mind because it was so adorable! Sometimes I need these light reads to make me feel like a giddy teenager again to help me take an emotional break from deeper books. I loved it! Now I can't stop craving Gelato! 💕

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Treats
#Fallisbooked

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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🍦 3y
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CaramelLunacy
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For a cover and title this sunny, the basic premise is a bit heavy - teenaged Lina moves to Tuscany near Florence after her mother's untimely death from cancer. While Lina is grieving, however, she explores Florence (and her mom's life there) through one of her mom's art journals and the story itself is fairly upbeat. I am enjoying the travel tidbits especially...

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erinjohns
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You wouldn't think a cemetary in Italy could spark romance...but when in Florence...eat more gelato and find yourself surprisingly in love.