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First Lines Fridays #3

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve been having a great day so far.
I’m back with another First Lines Friday! Happy reading!


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.
What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

You’ve had bad days before, right? you know, the ones where your alarm doesn’t go off, your toast practically catches on fire, and you remember way too late that every article of clothing you own is soaking wet in the bottom of the washer? So then you go hurtling into school fifteen minutes late, praying no one will notice that your hair looks like the Bride of Frankenstein’s, but just as you slide into your desk your teacher booms, “Running late today, Ms. Emerson?” and everyone looks at you and notices?

I’m sure you’ve had those days. We all have. But what about really bad days? The kind that are so pumped up and awful that they chew up the things you care about just for the fun of spitting them back in your face?

And the book is…… Continue reading “First Lines Fridays #3”

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Review: Love & Gelato

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had an excellent first week of September!It was a bit of a long week for me, so TGIF!

Today I have a review for my most recent read, Love & Gelato.

This was the first book that I read for the Fall Bookish Bingo that I am participating in, (you can view my original post and TBR here) and it fulfills the prompt of reading a books set in another country.

I also read this book for #TheReadingQuest for the bonus challenge of Open World (read whatever you want). This book added 10XP to my pre-existing 40XP, totaling my at a whopping 50XP! This means that I have now made it to Level 2, yay! I also earned 38Hp since it was 389 pages. When added to my existing 114HP, I am at a total of 152HP!

And now, on with the review…


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Travel
Pages: 389
Publication Date: May 2016
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars
Read September 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have any of you read Love & Gelato?
What did you think of the plot buildup? Did you find it to be too predictable as well?
Is it on your TBR? What about Jenna Evans Welch’s next release Love and Luck?

Are any of you participating in the Fall Bookish Bingo? What about the Reading Challenge?

Let me know in the comments down below!

As always, thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have an awesome weekend, and see you again soon!

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