Love & Luck

Love & Luck

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. Mi...

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Title:Love & Luck
Author:Jenna Evans Welch
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Love & Luck Reviews

  • Diana (booksinarmor)

    3/25/18

    Love and Luck is an easy quick read that will pull you out of a reading slump instantly. 

    I think what sets this book apart from any romance filled contemporary is the little excerpts from The guidebook lady, it enhanced the narrative style, as it kept me engrossed. 

    Addie was highly relatable, as she struggles emotionally and finding out who she is. It was lots of fun to read about a family relationship. It was adorable and fun to see the bickering. It was written splendidly and resembled

    3/25/18

    Love and Luck is an easy quick read that will pull you out of a reading slump instantly. 

    I think what sets this book apart from any romance filled contemporary is the little excerpts from The guidebook lady, it enhanced the narrative style, as it kept me engrossed. 

    Addie was highly relatable, as she struggles emotionally and finding out who she is. It was lots of fun to read about a family relationship. It was adorable and fun to see the bickering. It was written splendidly and resembled a true family dynamic. 

    Also another fun thing about Love and Luck was that as I assumed that the romance would have a bigger part from the amount of romance that Love and Gelato however, the romance took a back step in this book. The family dynamic was so much of a bigger part. As the romance, it was so much slower, it was build up throughout he whole novel. By, the end you could tell that Rowan and Addie had a deep emotional connection. And the banter was so much sweeter and endearing. 

    Welch created a wonderful execution with a blending of strong themes and having a light,cute and fluffy read. 

    I highly  recommend this book as it made me laugh  out loud.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an eARC!

    6/14/2017: WHAT IT WAS PUSHED BACK? TO 2018

    Why

    SOOOOO........AS you guys know I loved love and gelato, and I honestly cant sustain my excitement for this book. I was going to cry over the excitement when finding out this book was actually happening. I can foresee the future if its anything like Love and Gelato, I'm going to

    . And it will be up there with my favorite contemporaries with Anna and The French Kiss . I'm bouncing up with joy because I just can't wait. I'm so ready for it. It sounds so cute and fluffy. And hopefully Rowan will be as swoony as Ren.

  • Mariah

    I WILL READ ANYTHING THIS WOMAN WRITES. MY EXCITEMENT FOR THIS BOOK IS AT UNHEALTHY LEVELS.

  • Lisa

    MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    This is my first Jenna Evans Welch book despite me having a copy of her famous novel, Love & Gelato that swept the nation and bookstagram feeds of all your friends. From my brief understanding of Jenna's books is that it usually involves A LOT of travel, summer adventures, and the possibility of romance. Now don't quote me but I think Love & Gelato includes more romance than Love & Luck.

    For fans

    MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    This is my first Jenna Evans Welch book despite me having a copy of her famous novel, Love & Gelato that swept the nation and bookstagram feeds of all your friends. From my brief understanding of Jenna's books is that it usually involves A LOT of travel, summer adventures, and the possibility of romance. Now don't quote me but I think Love & Gelato includes more romance than Love & Luck.

    For fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jenna Evans Welch series follows along the stories of friendships and love. Addie is running away from a broken heart. Something happened during her last semester before the summer and readers are drawn into the mystery. Her relationship with her older brother Ian has disintegrated from the very start of the book due to the huge secret she's been keeping away from her parents and her entire family. Ian insists that Addie tells her parents but Addie is too proud and too afraid to admit she made she a mistake that could possibly ruin her reputation and life.

    On a trip to Ireland for Addie's aunts wedding, Addie and Ian are separated from the pack to head towards Italy to visit her best friend, Lina.  They bicker and fight. Disappointed in their failing sibling relationship, their mother makes them an ultimatum. If they fight or bicker, they'll both be kicked off their respective soccer and football teams for their senior years in High School. Suddenly, stakes are raised. When Ian decides to ditch Addie behind in Ireland so she can fly to Italy herself while he stays in Ireland for a concert he's been dying to see, Addie doesn't back down. She forces herself into Ian's weird trip. Will these siblings that used to be closer than two peas in a pod finally apologize for their mistakes/behavior or will they grow apart more?

    From the summary of this novel, you've probably already sensed that Love and Luck focuses more on family and social issues. Aside from the promising allure of Ian's new friend, Rowan, the book focused more on Addie finally escaping the ugly past of her school year. There are bits of her story with her ex-boyfriend which are bittersweet. Readers will be able to experience the gentleness of a blossoming relationship and mourn for the ugly loss for the characters. However, like I said, this book focuses more on family and social issues. It was also a wild ride. The characters were constantly visiting stunning landmarks, never really focusing on their individual problems too heavily. The big reveal of Addie's secret was closer towards the end, leaving little to no development of how she felt towards the incident. Instead, it left the impression that characters were okay with this incident which under no circumstances should it be okay.

    The book focused on being a light and fun read. It almost felt like Jenna didn't want to go too deeply into serious topics but lightly skim it for the drama and light emotions. The writing also seemed perfect for a younger audience, often featuring a lot of slapstick humor or loud and wild scenes.

    MY RECOMMENDATION

    If you know what you're expecting, you're going to love it. If you're looking for a fun and light read, Love and Luck will be your best friend. I breezed right through it and enjoyed the scenery described.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    2.5 stars. I absolutely love Ireland and adored Love & Gelato by this author, so I was really looking forward to this one! I thought it was a solid contemporary YA story, but had a hard time really getting into any of it. I just didn't connect with the characters and was honestly

    annoyed by the tone of the travel advice section. It was beyond irritating and unfortunately took up a lot of the book, so that really threw me out of the story.

    But the road trip throu

    2.5 stars. I absolutely love Ireland and adored Love & Gelato by this author, so I was really looking forward to this one! I thought it was a solid contemporary YA story, but had a hard time really getting into any of it. I just didn't connect with the characters and was honestly

    annoyed by the tone of the travel advice section. It was beyond irritating and unfortunately took up a lot of the book, so that really threw me out of the story.

    But the road trip through Ireland part was still really fun! I think this would make a decent summer read if you're super into contemporaries.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!

  • Jess Owens

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    "Ever been trapped in a car during a particularly brutal thunderstorm ? The cliffs are that kind of beautiful. Think drama, rage, and peace all packed up into one stunning package." Set mostly in Ireland, Love and Luck follows Addie, best friend of Lina from Love and Gelato. Addie is in Ireland for her aunt's wedding along with her mother and three brothers. After the wedding, Addie and her brother Ian are supposed to spend a we

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    "Ever been trapped in a car during a particularly brutal thunderstorm ? The cliffs are that kind of beautiful. Think drama, rage, and peace all packed up into one stunning package." Set mostly in Ireland, Love and Luck follows Addie, best friend of Lina from Love and Gelato. Addie is in Ireland for her aunt's wedding along with her mother and three brothers. After the wedding, Addie and her brother Ian are supposed to spend a week in Florence, Italy with Lina, the rest of her family staying to tour Ireland. The beginning of the book begins with obvious friction between Addie and Ian and there is some big "thing" that happened over the summer that Ian is pressuring Addie to tell her mom.

    I loved Love and Gelato and was prepared for another lighthearted read. I enjoyed this book for the most part, it's short and easy to read. I love the descriptions of Ireland. However, I wasn't as attached to the characters in this story as I was with Love and Gelato. I think this happens for me when there is a travel/road trip part to books. A lot of character development gets lost when the majority of the book is focused on the characters traveling from place to place. Again, I loved all the places they visited in Ireland, I thought she did a good job setting the scene. I also went into the story assuming it was about the main character finding a love interest, but I feel like the "love" portion is more about the relationship between siblings, but that is just my interpretation. I also felt that the story was more about Ian than Addie, at least at times in the story.

    I thought the book did a good job balancing descriptions/world building with dialogue. Too much of either can be too dense. I liked the characters: Addie, Ian, and Rowan, but I didn't love any of them. Back to the "thing" that Addie has been hiding. I was impatiently waiting to find out what it was, and once revealed, it was a pretty big deal but it kind of comes out and then fizzles. I won't spoil anyone, but it's a serious thing that happened and it's discussed a few pages and then you don't really hear about it again until the end, and even then it's just a brief mention. It seems weird to build it up from the very beginning and then once it is out in the open to just brush it to the side.

    Overall, I recommend for a quick and easy read. Maybe if you read it while in Ireland it will have a deeper impact. I think focusing on both Ian and Addie's story in only 320 pages took away time from adequately developing the characters and the story. Making the story about just one of them and their journey in Ireland would have been more powerful. I did really enjoy the ending, there were some really touching moments. I give this book a solid 3.5/5 stars.

  • Tadashi Hamada

    *gasp* This is a spin-off for Love and Gelato?! :O I just got goosebumps.

  • Unbroken

    OH MY GOSH!

    Has anybody known there will be a spin-off for "Love and gelato" about Addie?

    So excited to read it!

  • Gillian

    So I am kind of sad that Welch didn't keep with the food theme... like how about Love & Soda bread 😂

  • Lila Kims

    I think it's cool how Jenna Evans Welch is Richard Paul Evans' daughter. Did you know that? 😂😂

    I wasn't crazy about the previous book, Love & Gelato (though it was kinda cute at parts. And the setting? *heart eyes*). I think I'm willing to give this one a try, though!

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