I only ended up getting this book from the library because I couldn’t get into the book I was currently reading. This book was an unexpected read for this month and I don’t really regret it. I’m always a sucker for a good romance book and this one was no exception, I loved it. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and honestly that was a nice surprise.
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 Lina 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 from Lina 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.
This wasn’t the best ya contemporary romance I’ve read but it is defiantly in the top 30-40ish. I wasn’t expecting her mothers’ journal to play such a big part in the story and to me, that made it more than just a romance novel. You were able to solve the mystery surrounding her father with Lina and I enjoyed figuring out who was who.
I will admit that I could have used a little more romance between Lina and ____ (keeping it a spoiler free paragraph aye). It just seemed a little lacking in that department and from what I understood when I picked this book up it was a cute ya romance novel. Sometimes a girl just wants a cheesy romance book and this, however, much it saddens me to say, isn’t really that (some people may disagree but this is just my opinion after all).
I will say that I was very thankful for the lack of insta-love because the absence of it made the story 10x more realistic than if it had had it. It just was a little slow for such a short book.
I think that me wanting a cute romance book affected how I ended up liking the entire novel but I mean, that’s what I thought it was. If a quick, cute, romantic read is what you’re looking for, you may want to look elsewhere. Unless you want barely any romantic scenes, then this book is the one for you. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, it just wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.