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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Edition Language:English

Love & Luck Reviews

  • may ❀

    THIS WAS SUCH A HEARTWARMING BOOK IM MELTING FROM CUTENESS AND SWEETNESS

    - v v wholesome book

    - if this book was given an emoji equivalent it would be 👌 bc its superb

    - so number one, I REALLY love how jenna welch writes the most cute, adorable summer vacation stories

    - like love and gelato was just ??adorable??

    - and this one is wholesome and sweet and heartwarming and also ??adorable??

    - its quirky and funny (i love

    sm i would die for her)

    - GUYS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ADDIE AND HER

    THIS WAS SUCH A HEARTWARMING BOOK IM MELTING FROM CUTENESS AND SWEETNESS

    - v v wholesome book

    - if this book was given an emoji equivalent it would be 👌 bc its superb

    - so number one, I REALLY love how jenna welch writes the most cute, adorable summer vacation stories

    - like love and gelato was just ??adorable??

    - and this one is wholesome and sweet and heartwarming and also ??adorable??

    - its quirky and funny (i love

    sm i would die for her)

    - GUYS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ADDIE AND HER BROTHERS

    - 😩👏😩👏👌👌💯👌💯👏😩💯

    - like theyre so overbearingly protective but they fight and bicker and laugh and bond together and having inside jokes jfkldjafla #meeee IT WAS SO REALISTIC

    - its so rare to see this kind of dynamics and I JUST LOVE IT WITH ALL MY HEART

    - but also the romance

    - top notch

    - IS SO SUBTLE and written so well, that slow SLOW SLOW burn, epic my friends

    - strangers to friends to lovers is my new favourite trope i didnt even know this you learn something new about yourself everyday

    - BIG CAMEO TO LINA AND REN AND I SCREAMED

    - also deals with some pretty awful stuff that happened to addie AND I LOVED THE WAY THEY CONCLUDED IT, i was tearing up (yes im soft okay)

    - also the sightseeing descriptions makes me wanna visit ireland asap

    so, just pick it up

    4.5 stars!

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    4.5*

  • jessica

    after reading ‘love and gelato’ last year, jenna evans welch became an auto-buy author for me. pretty brave to do only after her debut, but i am so happy this didnt disappoint. true to her previous work, ‘love and luck’ was the perfect mix of summer, adventure, growing up, and love. all of the makings for a wonderful contemporary.

    what i really enjoyed most was how the story explored sibling relationships. i loved reading about how close addie and ian were and how there were able to repair their

    after reading ‘love and gelato’ last year, jenna evans welch became an auto-buy author for me. pretty brave to do only after her debut, but i am so happy this didnt disappoint. true to her previous work, ‘love and luck’ was the perfect mix of summer, adventure, growing up, and love. all of the makings for a wonderful contemporary.

    what i really enjoyed most was how the story explored sibling relationships. i loved reading about how close addie and ian were and how there were able to repair their friendship after a fall-out. of course, the amazing atmosphere of ireland was a wonderful environment for the two to learn and grow.

    but i do wish ireland had been more prevelant. to me, the setting was what made ‘love and gelato’ such a good summer read. and although the emerald isle was explored decently, i felt like there could have been so much more incorporated into the story.

    regardless, this was just what i needed - sweet contemporary goodness. books like this are exactly what summer is for.

  • emma

    I. LOVE. BOOKS ABOUT SIBLINGS.

    Books about romance? Meh. Who cares. Every YA book and its mother (not sure how the genealogy of YA literature works but still) has a romance. Most of them are bad. A couple of them are good. But it doesn't even matter because there are more romance plotlines in this world than you know what to do with.

    Siblings, on the other hand...Not every book has a well-done portrayal of what sibling relationships are like. Which is honestly probably a good thing because it is e

    I. LOVE. BOOKS ABOUT SIBLINGS.

    Books about romance? Meh. Who cares. Every YA book and its mother (not sure how the genealogy of YA literature works but still) has a romance. Most of them are bad. A couple of them are good. But it doesn't even matter because there are more romance plotlines in this world than you know what to do with.

    Siblings, on the other hand...Not every book has a well-done portrayal of what sibling relationships are like. Which is honestly probably a good thing because it is extremely hard to do. It's complex af and since truthfully most books don't even have good romantic relationships (which are extraordinarily easy - just have characters make eye contact with each other a bunch and you're halfway there) they probably couldn't handle portraying siblings.

    So my favorite thing - my favorite favorite favorite - is the contemporary that focuses on the relationship(s) between siblings and/or family in general, and leaves the romance by the wayside.

    It happened, joy of joys, with

    , and I am pleased as punch to be able to inform you that it happened with this book too.

    Also: IRELAND!!!!

    This book was not perfect. It was sometimes boring. Sometimes it was repetitive and even annoying (the latter being okay because that's just realistic sibling interaction my dear boy). The romance was so meh and whatever and please actually just be a friendship and not a romance that I am pretending that the ending (

    ) didn't even happen.

    But all of that matters way way less than the good stuff.

    Bottom line: SIBLINGS!!! IRELAND!!!

    suddenly in a diehard contemporary mood...this book better come through for me

  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)

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    I'm all for poor man's traveling, also known as reading about teenagers traipsing around the Irish countryside. When I read Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch last year, I was already excited about this book, knowing it wouldn't be released for close to a year. I loved Lina's adventures around Italy and essentially being able to tag along f

    See full review and many more at:

    I'm all for poor man's traveling, also known as reading about teenagers traipsing around the Irish countryside. When I read Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch last year, I was already excited about this book, knowing it wouldn't be released for close to a year. I loved Lina's adventures around Italy and essentially being able to tag along for the ride through Welch's vivid descriptions of the locations.

    As luck would have it, Love & Luck offered the same experience I came to enjoy in the last book. This time, readers are transported to Ireland with Lina's best friend, Addie, and her family. After mysterious horrific events at the end of the school year, Addie is eager to put an ocean between her problems and herself. Though, she can't seem to escape the drama of high school with her brother, Ian, reminding Addie of her problems every step of the way, including at their aunt's wedding at the beautiful Cliffs of Moher. Even the windswept landscape can't seem to sweep Addie's thoughts of home away. However, Addie hopes her trip to Italy with Ian to visit Lina will give her the peace she needs, until Addie finds herself trapped in a minuscule car with Ian and his cute Irish friend, Rowan. Instead of heading toward Italy, she ends up on an unexpected Irish adventure.

    My favorite part of this story was the pieces of advice included in the pages from the "Ireland for the Heartbroken", the fitting travel guide Addie happened upon at her hotel's library. This unconventional guide gives Addie locations to visit in an attempt to cure her heartbreak, along with homework to complete, allowing her... and Rowan, to face their issues head-on. 

    There was never a dull moment in this cute story for ages 12 and up. As readers might imagine, driving around Ireland in the likes of a clown-car with a bumper sticker reading "This car is powered by pure Irish luck" comes with its share of mishaps and hilarity. From Lina's texts to Addie to the moments of fighting between the siblings, I couldn't help but chuckle from time to time as I was swept away by the descriptions of the green landscapes and barren scenes in Burren.

    By the end of the story, I was still craving more and wishing the book could go on a bit longer. I hoped for a little more explanation regarding the aftermath of Addie and Ian's decisions upon returning home, but the implication served its purpose. A good writer leaves readers craving more and I was by no means unsatisfied with this story. I hope Jenna Evans Welch will continue the with this series in some form because I can't get enough of the adventurous stories she crafts. She sparks my wanderlust while simultaneously quenching my desire for an exciting trip. I'm also impressed with her ability to please all ages with her writing. Though this is geared for a younger audience, I can't help but love the simplicity of the stories while the author maintains my interest and enjoyment of the characters throughout. This would be a book for both mothers and daughters to enjoy together. I almost can't imagine anything more fun than a mother-daughter buddy-read, except for maybe going to Ireland myself!

    Though this is a continuation of Love & Gelato, it reads perfectly as a standalone. If you're looking for a light and fun read, be sure to pick up Love & Luck on May 8th!

  • 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!

  • Lola

    3.5 stars.

    Two years ago, I read a wonderful story titled

    . It introduced me to gelato, a very succulent human invention, and quite a swoon-worthy Italian – Ren.

    I couldn’t wait to read more from this author.

    So when I had the opportunity to read

    , I jumped with joy. I kid you not, I received an e-mail saying I would receive a copy of it thirty minutes before taking one of my final exams. Let me tell you that I was more eager than usual to sit for three hours and an

    3.5 stars.

    Two years ago, I read a wonderful story titled

    . It introduced me to gelato, a very succulent human invention, and quite a swoon-worthy Italian – Ren.

    I couldn’t wait to read more from this author.

    So when I had the opportunity to read

    , I jumped with joy. I kid you not, I received an e-mail saying I would receive a copy of it thirty minutes before taking one of my final exams. Let me tell you that I was more eager than usual to sit for three hours and answer an essay question.

    All that to say that while I had expectations, since I was familiar was the author’s style I knew to read it when in need of something light and family-themed.

    Because that was the most important theme in

    , and the same applies here. Addie (Lina’s best friend) isn’t going to Ireland to get swept off her feet by a local boy, which proves that love comes in different forms.

    It is the love between two siblings that is explored. Addie and Ian had a falling-out recently, and neither is ready to do what the other person asks to move on. Ian wants his sister to tell the truth about what happened between her and Cubby. Addie, on the other hand, just wants to think about something else and leave the past in the past.

    Once again, there is a *mild* mystery in the storyline, one that might surprise you a little, but won’t shock you in any way. That was alright with me. I didn’t much care for what happened between Addie and Cubby, but I did care about her relationship with her brother and wished for them to patch things up.

    I adored witnessing their conversations. He reminded me why having a brother can be so amazing – and not just a brother, but a sibling in general. I have one, by the way, and even when he and I fight, we still mean a lot to each other and know that we’ll be fine the next day. Granted, it takes longer for Addie and Ian to solve their problems, but that’s because they don’t communicate effectively, something they both need to learn.

    I find that, although the characters visited different parts of Ireland, I learned close to nothing about the culture. I wouldn’t have even batted an eye if you had told me that Rowan, Ian’s Irish friend and love interest of the story, was actually American.

    Still, I flew through this story. Not simply because it is fast, but also because it is full of entertaining banter and heart-warming scenes.

    All I have left to say is… Please write a story set in an Asian country next, Ms. Evans Welch. Please, oh, please.

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  • 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 😂

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