Title: Love & Luck
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: May 8, 2018
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. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.
So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.
And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.
That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.
Love & Gelato instantly became one of my favorite books so I had high hopes for Love & Luck. It’s Addie’s story this time (Lina’s best friend from Love & Gelato). She went to Ireland with her family for the summer to attend her aunt’s wedding and stumbled upon a guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken. It was so timely because she was indeed nursing a broken heart. She was in a relationship with her long-time crush, Cubby who is a football teammate of her brother, Ian. The book slowly revealed the reason behind their break up and why there was a fall out between her and Ian.
While Addie was the MC of this book, I have to say that I liked her brother Ian more. Ian is the star-athlete of their school’s football team but he secretly loves writing (he has a blog!) and loves music too. I just felt that there was a better character development for him than with Addie. The romance here is very subtle (even though Rowan is obviously Addie’s love interest in this book) and I loved how this focused more on mending the sibling relationship rather than the romantic one (they were supposed to visit Lina in Italy but ended up going around Ireland instead).
This book is a perfect combination of friendship, family, love and adventure. If Love & Gelato made me feel like I was actually in Florence, exploring the museums and eating the best pizza and gelato, this book made me feel like I was actually in Ireland, exploring the wonderful landscapes and knowing a little bit more about Irish folklore! I can’t wait to know where Jenna Evans Welch will take me next!
“Labels aren’t big enough for people. And once you try to categorize someone, you stop looking for who they actually are.”
“If you want to get through heartache, you’re going to have to let your heart, you know, ache. And no matter how many distractions you pile on–cartons of ice cream, shopping binges, marathon naps–you can’t outsmart heartache. It has nowhere to be, nothing to do. It will just stand there, buffing its nails, waiting until you’re ready.”
“When it comes to love, we never learn. Ever. Even when we know the risks. Even when it makes much more sense to relocate to individualized climate-controlled caves where our hearts have at least a fighting chance at remaining intact. We know the risks of opening our hearts up, and yet we keep doing it anyway.”
Soundtrack: Four Leaf Clover by Christian Hudson
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About the Author:
Jenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO and LOVE & LUCK. When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two young children.