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"I wanted this to be real life, not a detour...." Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing 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 betwe "I wanted this to be real life, not a detour...." Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing 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. But when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s finally able to 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.


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"I wanted this to be real life, not a detour...." Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing 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 betwe "I wanted this to be real life, not a detour...." Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing 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. But when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s finally able to 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.

30 review for Love & Luck

  1. 5 out of 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. 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    When Addie embarks on a family trip to Ireland for her Aunt's destination wedding, she couldn't be happier about escaping her hometown for a while. It has been the worst summer of her life for dramatic reasons unknown to the Reader for almost the entirety of the book. The plan is that after the wedding, Addie and her brother, Ian, will travel to Italy to visit Addie's best friend, Lena. That's right, the very same Lena from Love & Gelato; a book that completely stole my heart. However, that plan When Addie embarks on a family trip to Ireland for her Aunt's destination wedding, she couldn't be happier about escaping her hometown for a while. It has been the worst summer of her life for dramatic reasons unknown to the Reader for almost the entirety of the book. The plan is that after the wedding, Addie and her brother, Ian, will travel to Italy to visit Addie's best friend, Lena. That's right, the very same Lena from Love & Gelato; a book that completely stole my heart. However, that plan doesn't quite come together. On the morning of their expected departure from Ireland, Addie catches Ian running away from their hotel room. He has other plans and they don't include Lena, or Italy. What happens next is a wildly impromptu road trip with their new friend, Rowan, in one of the biggest POS-cars on the Emerald Isle. While this book did have cute and quirky moments, it also had moments that were highly annoying and bland. Ian and Addie are in a petty sibling battle fairly constantly and frankly, they were wearing on my last nerve. We're talking, don't make me pull this car over territory. I get it, siblings fight sometimes, but good grief, give it a rest. I also wasn't crazy about the format. Not knowing what Addie's drama was all about until the very end. I would have rather known up front, so that I could have at least had some sympathy for the girl. Instead I felt like... It had a lovely ending which bumped it up a half a star, but otherwise, I was underwhelmed. I didn't feel as connected to Addie as I did with Lena. Overall, I would just say this installment wasn't a great fit for my tastes. With this being said, it is a good book and I am glad that I read it. The setting was fantastic. I will definitely read more books by this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 Save the Date, 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 ((view spoiler)[in which there is a hint of potential romance to come (hide spoiler)] ) 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

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

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

  5. 4 out of 5

    ♛ 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 guidebook lady 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 guidebook lady 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Unbroken

    OH MY GOSH! Has anybody known there will be a spin-off for "Love and gelato" about Addie? So excited to read it! OH MY GOSH! Has anybody known there will be a spin-off for "Love and gelato" about Addie? So excited to read it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)

    This book serves as a reminder that not all characters from a previous novel require a story of their own (the other being Leah on the Offbeat). Pros : 1. I enjoyed the guidebook bits in-between chapters. Witty. Short. Fast-paced. Cons : 1. Constant Sibling Bickering . This plot point went on much too long. 2. Boring Characters . I found them unbelievably tedious, which made my first con even more annoying. I would have been more lenient if they were teens deserving of a following. 3. This book serves as a reminder that not all characters from a previous novel require a story of their own (the other being Leah on the Offbeat). Pros : 1. I enjoyed the guidebook bits in-between chapters. Witty. Short. Fast-paced. Cons : 1. Constant Sibling Bickering . This plot point went on much too long. 2. Boring Characters . I found them unbelievably tedious, which made my first con even more annoying. I would have been more lenient if they were teens deserving of a following. 3. Forced Attempt at Coupling . 4. Miniscule, If Any, Plot . "Let's go to points A, B, C, while promising drama and romance." But, then again, no. 5. Drama Reveal . Seriously? Her brother's anger seems more important than Addie's reaction. What? Uncool. Overall, Welch's succeeded with Love & Gelato but this one lacks its previous sister's charm. It's simply boring. 1.5/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

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

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    See full review and many more at: Ashes Books & Bobs. Many thanks to Simon Pulse / Simon and Schuster for the chance to read and review this novel early. 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 See full review and many more at: Ashes Books & Bobs. Many thanks to Simon Pulse / Simon and Schuster for the chance to read and review this novel early. 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!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    3.5 stars Love & Luck is supposedly about Addie visiting her best friend Lina in Italy but it basically turned into a road trip around Ireland for the brokenhearted. The first half is a constant altercation (both physical and verbal) between siblings, Addie and Ian. The reason for said altercation though is kept a mystery so even though I was starting to get annoyed, I was also curious about what exactly transpired between Cubby (also Ian’s football teammate) and Addie rendering the latter heart 3.5 stars Love & Luck is supposedly about Addie visiting her best friend Lina in Italy but it basically turned into a road trip around Ireland for the brokenhearted. The first half is a constant altercation (both physical and verbal) between siblings, Addie and Ian. The reason for said altercation though is kept a mystery so even though I was starting to get annoyed, I was also curious about what exactly transpired between Cubby (also Ian’s football teammate) and Addie rendering the latter heartbroken. Thankfully, Rowan, Ian’s cute and Irish friend who also happens to be nursing a broken heart is along the trip to act as referee between the two. What I really appreciate were the excerpts from “Ireland for the Heartbroken:An Unconventional Guide to the Emerald Isle, third edition.” It’s this book Addie found in the first hotel her family checked in tutoring her on how to go about trying to get over a broken heart while in Ireland. I think this is where Ms. Welch’s talent definitely shines brightest. Here’s an excerpt. (view spoiler)[ “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. It’s a persistent little devil. So let’s get to work, sugarplum. Let’s quit drowning our pain in music and credit card bills and cyberstalking. Let’s confront it. Let’s own it.” (hide spoiler)] I didnt’ easily warm up to the characters. It actually took me almost the entire book to really appreciate them but what matters is that at the end of the story, I understood their motivations and eventually the story’s purpose. I like that they came to finally revealing their innermost desires and discovering who they really are in the process. I love the bond between the siblings and how they recognize the impossibility of living without each other. I’m definitely still looking forward to reading Love and Gelato. I hear only good things about it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. There’s nothing like the beauty of Ireland and some chaotic travel to help ease the pain of a heartbreak! In Love & Luck , Addie has just suffered a major heartbreak and betrayal for the first time, and what’s worse is, her older brother Ian knows about it, and it’s not long before others do, too. But she and her family are in Ireland for her aunt’s destination wedding so Addie just wants to pretend it never happened—for now. Ian keeps urging, even threatening, Addie to tell their mot 3.5 stars. There’s nothing like the beauty of Ireland and some chaotic travel to help ease the pain of a heartbreak! In Love & Luck , Addie has just suffered a major heartbreak and betrayal for the first time, and what’s worse is, her older brother Ian knows about it, and it’s not long before others do, too. But she and her family are in Ireland for her aunt’s destination wedding so Addie just wants to pretend it never happened—for now. Ian keeps urging, even threatening, Addie to tell their mother what happened before it’s too late. His nagging reminders push Addie to her breaking point, a fistfight during their aunt’s wedding. Their mother is mortified and angry, and gives the siblings an ultimatum: they can still take their planned trip to Italy to see Addie’s best friend, but if she hears anything about their fighting or arguing, they’ll have to quit their sport teams when they return home. So with that plan in mind, how is it that instead of Italy Addie is driving around Ireland in a dilapidated car with Ian and Rowan, Ian’s (handsome) Irish friend? Will the copy of Ireland for the Heartbroken that she took from the hotel library and Rowan’s presence help her recover? "You opened this book because your heart was broken and you wanted it fixed. But that was never the cosmic plan. Hell, it was never my plan. Hearts break open until they stay open. It's what they were made to do. The pain? It's part of the deal. A small exchange for the wild, joyful mess you'll be handed in return." This was a sweet and charming book, and it definitely entertained me. The whole plot line with Addie’s secret was dragged out a little too long for me, but I really enjoy the way Jenna Evans Welch writes and the characters she creates. Her first book in this series, Love & Gelato , really was terrific, and I'm eagerly awaiting the third book, Love & Olives . Side effect of reading this book: I want to go to Ireland now!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vee can’t come to the phone right now, she’s suffering from something called university 😓

    2nd read of the Reading Rush! This book was so much fun! I went into it expecting a love story (like in the first book) and found so much more than that. While there is a love story on the side, this book dives more into the relationship the main character has with herself and her family, especially with her brother, which is not quite common in YA contemporaries. I like how this genre is changing for better, with diversity not only in characters and authors, but also in the topics they tackle.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)

    Oooooookay. I have some thoughts. I haven't written an in-depth review in a while. So please, bear with me, people. Stay tuned for special highlighted quotes at the end (because this book is full of 'em). I liked this. Mainly because it gave me warm and fuzzies, without being overloaded with love. This book focused more on the love that accompanies family and friendship, and that's sorely lacking in YA these days. (Not every story needs a bad boy who become the obvious love interest, okay people? Oooooookay. I have some thoughts. I haven't written an in-depth review in a while. So please, bear with me, people. Stay tuned for special highlighted quotes at the end (because this book is full of 'em). I liked this. Mainly because it gave me warm and fuzzies, without being overloaded with love. This book focused more on the love that accompanies family and friendship, and that's sorely lacking in YA these days. (Not every story needs a bad boy who become the obvious love interest, okay people?) I really liked Addie as our main character. Without giving too many spoilers, I appreciated how human she was. She made a mistake, a really common mistake. She trusted the wrong guy with the wrong type of text, and she almost let it ruin her life. Not only that, she was heartbroken that the whole situation broke her relationship with her brother, as well. Throughout the story, she finds new and unique ways to grow and learn from the past. And if THAT isn't a damn unique coming of age tale, and a lesson in how to deal with peer pressure from asshat boys, I don't know what is. (Seriously, YA authors, not every damn "coming of age" story has to be about finding love, sometimes it can be more about independence and friendship, but WHATEVER.) So bottom line: I'm a huge fan of Addie overcoming bullying and growing from it. Second, I'd just like to give a round of applause for Rowan. Because, AGAIN, heartbreak comes in a NUMBER of forms. Authors seems to frequently forget this. Rowan is heartbroken over his family splitting up and feeling like he is the middle-man. That is so relatable. He's traveling Ireland with his best friend to find peace and happiness, while simultaneously trying to distract himself, because he's heartbroken about his home life. WHAT AN EFFING BREATH OF FRESH AIR, AM I RIGHT?" That being said, I had a few minor problems that detracted from my enjoyment: 1. Love and Gelato was so much better. Honestly, the characters fit together better in that story. The love interest and estranged family kept me interested. There was also an air of mystery. I felt like Welch tried to re-create those themes in this book, albeit in different ways, but they just didn't add up. 2. This book felt 100% like it was written after googling "Popular tourist stops in Ireland." I don't really have a huge problem with that, because at least the author did her homework. But come on. I just didn't feel like I was in Ireland. The imagery just wasn't there. Some of the places were described, but the only really description was "green" or "shades of green." And like..... I get it. Ireland is green. But........... Eh. 3. The side characters were so uninspired, it hurt. Like, the mom? Nothing special about her. (Except of course the extra special tidbit at the end where we found out she once did roller derby and was named "Medusa Damage." You better believe I laughed my ass off at that 5-star quality pun.) The other brothers? Annoying, carbon copies of each other with no defining characteristics. They were only there to move the plot at certain points. Lina and Ren? Not enough of them, honestly. I loved them so much in Love and Gelato, I would've like to hear more from them. I was getting some SERIOUS Anna and the French Kiss companion series vibes, here. So those were the few complaints that brought the star rating down.... But I'd also like to have a moment of appreciation for the guidebook chapters, because that life advice was actually 100% on point. "Hearts break open until they stay open. It's what they were made to do. The pain? It's part of the deal. A small exchange for the wild, joyful mess you'll be handed in return." "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." "I also know it's tempting to believe that you're the only person who's been left hanging. But you're not. Oh, you're not.... And yet when it happens to you, it feels like something brand-new. Like the world has cooked up the worst thing it could think of and then called you in for dinner. That's love for you." I mean, SERIOUSLY. I'm here for this life advice. In fact, where was this advice when I was in college and high school and I felt like my world was ending? So at the end of the day, I liked this book. I didn't love it, it wasn't earth-shattering, but it was unique in that it explored different types of heartbreak, rather than just a scorned lover, or a special snowflake of a girl who swears she isn't pretty, only to find insta-love on her doorstep. I'm a big fan of the unique take on heartbreak and how to cope with it, as well. Again, this is one of those books I feel like I picked up at the right time. I only gave this 3-stars because I enjoyed Love and Gelato a bit more, and it feels to cheap to bestow the same rating on the two... Regardless, I'm pretty sure Jenna Evans Welch is now just an auto-buy author for me. Cute, fun, enjoyable, comedic, and like eating cotton candy on the beach (because it's so sweet). Also, HUGE side shoutout to the theme of independence and friends/family being more important than asshat significant others who manipulate you. And bonus points for the author always referencing pink Starbursts in her books. I see you, girl. We all know pink Starbursts are the best Starbursts. Here for it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Anyone who hasn’t gotten hurt is either a liar or a robot... This was not the cute-sy book I was expecting. This was a book about overcoming heartbreak. And it was exactly what I needed after having my soul crushed by King's Cage. ...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. I don't know why but I'm not usually a fan of books featuring road trips. But I really loved this one. And although I def Anyone who hasn’t gotten hurt is either a liar or a robot... This was not the cute-sy book I was expecting. This was a book about overcoming heartbreak. And it was exactly what I needed after having my soul crushed by King's Cage. ...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. I don't know why but I'm not usually a fan of books featuring road trips. But I really loved this one. And although I definitely loved Love & Gelato more, I suddenly really want to visit Ireland. _____ My review for: Love & Gelato

  15. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    4.5* I loved this just as much as I loved Love & Gelato. This is an adorable story about love, friendship, and siblings. I found it carried a great message for people regarding texting stuff to others. Really drives home a good lesson to people about that. I actually would recommend for teens to read this just for that very awful life lesson. The story is wonderful and to put it short, I am ready to go visit Ireland! Who’s in??!! My quick and simple overall: short, lovely story about young love an 4.5* I loved this just as much as I loved Love & Gelato. This is an adorable story about love, friendship, and siblings. I found it carried a great message for people regarding texting stuff to others. Really drives home a good lesson to people about that. I actually would recommend for teens to read this just for that very awful life lesson. The story is wonderful and to put it short, I am ready to go visit Ireland! Who’s in??!! My quick and simple overall: short, lovely story about young love and the power of the relationship between siblings and best friends regardless of their location.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ℨαrα

    ”Siblings can be a special kind of cruel.” Plot ~ Concept: ★★★★★ ~ Execution: ★★★★☆½ Pacing: ★★★★★ Writing style: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ World: Enjoyment: ★★★★★ Cover: ★★★★☆ It had its deep moments, family, and lovable main characters. It had no drama for the sake of angst, no pettiness, and no justifying horrible actions. Do you know how difficult it’s been for me to find contemporaries like these? Needle-in-a-haystack difficult. Pros: 🍀 Addie and her brother were borderline ridiculous, but still manag ”Siblings can be a special kind of cruel.” Plot ~ Concept: ★★★★★ ~ Execution: ★★★★☆½ Pacing: ★★★★★ Writing style: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ World: Enjoyment: ★★★★★ Cover: ★★★★☆ It had its deep moments, family, and lovable main characters. It had no drama for the sake of angst, no pettiness, and no justifying horrible actions. Do you know how difficult it’s been for me to find contemporaries like these? Needle-in-a-haystack difficult. Pros: 🍀 Addie and her brother were borderline ridiculous, but still managed to be very relatable siblings, just in a comedically exaggerated way. And I was living for it. 🍀 The setting was so vivid that it made me want to stop being a hermit, leave my room and travel through Ireland. That’s saying something. 🍀 The writing style is top notch. 🍀 Ireland for the Heartbroken. It’s a guidebook. It was humorous and profound, and if it were a real book, you bet I’d buy it. 🍀 The romance took a backseat. The seat at the very very back. But it doesn’t take away from the story at all. If anything, it adds to it. 🍀 Addie and Ian’s love WARMED MY HEART. The emotional journey these kids take is so sweet. 🍀 Lina’s cat texts. And Lina and Addie’s friendship in general felt so much more authentic. Cons: 🍀 Like Love & Gelato, this book had an element of mystery. But I actually enjoyed this one’s less, because the main characters know what the secret is while you as the reader have to find out. Whereas in Love & Gelato, you and the main character are uncovering the mystery together. However, it’s not poorly done and keeps you turning the pages. 🍀 Remember the guidebook I mentioned earlier? I may or may not have accidentally read it in the Gossip Girl voice even though I didn’t used to watch Gossip Girl. That’s not any fault of the book. I’m just sharing my questionable sanity with the Internet even though I know I’ll regret it in the future. Quotes that I liked: 🍀 “...they’re beautiful because they contradict themselves. Soft, mossy hills turn to petrifying cliffs. A roiling sea rages against a serene sky.” 🍀 “I wanted this to be real life, not a detour.” 🍀 “I can usually count on sleep to polish out the hard edges of whatever I’m worrying about—like a broken bottle tumbling through waves to become sea glass. But I spent the night as jagged as they come.” 🍀“...didn’t matter, because that came with being family. Whether you wanted them to or not, your actions always affected the entire unit.” 🍀“...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.” 🍀“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Overall rating: ★★★★☆½ ———————————— I just watched Logan, and oh my heck I’ve lost the will to do anything more than just exist on by bed like a potato. A teary potato. Sooo this book will maybe possibly hopefully be a pick-me-up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)

    💗 &🍀 I'm going to put this out there. Jenna Evans Welch you have now become a must read author for me girl. Meaning if you write your version of the phone book...it's a must read for me 😂. Last November I read Love & Gelato (read it if you have not already 😃)and I fell in love. I was a little concerned going in to Love & Luck simply because....y'all know where I'm coming from...it might not be as good as the first 😮. • Dare I say it? It might be better. I loved it. Welch has an incredible style to 💗 &🍀 I'm going to put this out there. Jenna Evans Welch you have now become a must read author for me girl. Meaning if you write your version of the phone book...it's a must read for me 😂. Last November I read Love & Gelato (read it if you have not already 😃)and I fell in love. I was a little concerned going in to Love & Luck simply because....y'all know where I'm coming from...it might not be as good as the first 😮. • Dare I say it? It might be better. I loved it. Welch has an incredible style to her writing. It is so clean, full of heart, and just carries you into these incredible characters stories. For this one she takes the reader to Ireland for a study of heartache and healing. Pack your bags kids...I need to head to the Emerald Coast to follow Ireland for the Heartbroken's guidebook. • I've had some stuff going on personally that has broken my heart. It happens to us all. Broken hearts. In many different ways. • • • "Hearts break open until they stay open. It's what they were made to do. The pain? It's part of the deal. A small exchange for the wild, joyful mess you'll be handed in return. " 💗💗💗💗💗J.E.W. (ARC copy Love & Luck) • • • I'm sharing that with you guys because I'm a middle aged mom and this is a YA "designed" novel for ages 12 and up. This book spoke to me. It touched my heart deeply. I adored it. Yes, I have not even talked directly about this book. That should be a trademark for #thesoutherngirlreads 😂. Sigh...I'll put the synopsis in the comments. If you enjoy smart Young Adult with all the feelings pick this one up May 8th 💗🍀. Thank you Simon & Schuster for my advanced copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie Gallagher

    Read this review and others on my blog! Top o’ the mornin’ to ya and all that! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a couple weeks ago I went on a quest for some Irish-themed reads. The Call almost made the cut, but I couldn’t stomach taking on another series at the moment, so that’s how I ended up with Love & Luck! If you’re in the mood for a quick, cute St. Patrick’s Day read, look no further! Love & Luck is an adorable read that will transport you to the Emerald Isle. Readers follow Addie, who is Read this review and others on my blog! Top o’ the mornin’ to ya and all that! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a couple weeks ago I went on a quest for some Irish-themed reads. The Call almost made the cut, but I couldn’t stomach taking on another series at the moment, so that’s how I ended up with Love & Luck! If you’re in the mood for a quick, cute St. Patrick’s Day read, look no further! Love & Luck is an adorable read that will transport you to the Emerald Isle. Readers follow Addie, who is in Ireland with her large, boisterous family for her aunt’s wedding. Fresh out of a relationship, Addie has a secret™ that is eating her up inside. She’ll need to spill the beans eventually, but is working on first coming to terms with how her relationship ended. Her moral support through all this? A guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken, which has Addie soon gallivanting across Ireland with her older brother and his Internet best friend. This is one of the only road trip book I’ve truly enjoyed; most of the other ones that I’ve read didn’t feel entirely cohesive. But with the guidebook framework, everything comes together into a whimsical package, aided by the fast pace and authentic-feeling characters. The Maeve/female empowerment stuff did read a little bit cringey and forced to me, but this is a small aspect of the book only, so not much to worry about. I’d say this is an excellent read for anyone who enjoyed Morgan Matson’s Save the Date . There are a lot of similarities (in the best way possible), from the older brothers-younger sister relationships to the romantic themes. (And the obvious wedding common thread.) Another pretty obvious comp is 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, which has a larger European focus… But you guys have heard me harping on about Johnson lately, so I’ll leave it at that. 😉 And if you do read this book and love it, Love & Luck has a sister novel called Love & Gelato , featuring Addie’s best friend Lina in, you guessed it, Italy. So hopefully I’ll be picking that up sometime, since this was such a cute book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

    UGH. I was so ready to love this but what a disappointment. Addie is no Lina, I loved Lina and her story in Italy. Her best friend Addie was alright but I didn’t connect with her. She was a little too mopey and even when she had the right to be, the book kind of shy’s away from telling us what was going on. It waited too long to tell us what happened with Cubby (and what kind of name/nickname is that??). Also, Addie and her brother Ian just fought the entire time but would say how much they care UGH. I was so ready to love this but what a disappointment. Addie is no Lina, I loved Lina and her story in Italy. Her best friend Addie was alright but I didn’t connect with her. She was a little too mopey and even when she had the right to be, the book kind of shy’s away from telling us what was going on. It waited too long to tell us what happened with Cubby (and what kind of name/nickname is that??). Also, Addie and her brother Ian just fought the entire time but would say how much they care about each other and then go back to arguing again. I get that siblings fight but ugh this was not endearing and I found it so tedious. I thought Ian was too pushy to force Addie to do something she was not ready to do. He also ditches her for his own selfish reasons and causes Addie to miss her flight to Italy to see Lina. On top of that, the book was a little repetitive and the romance was so forced. They were more of platonic friends the whole time and then suddenly they're interested in each other at the end. The only thing I really liked was reading about Ireland and the fact that they road tripped across the country to go to a music festival. I would love to do something like that, I miss those days when traveling and concerts were a thing.. I do appreciate the message too with how Addie comes to terms that she's enough for herself and there was so much potential with that. In conclusions Love & Gelato was amazing but Love & Luck was not so I’m quite disappointed. Hope the next book is better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I didn't think Welch would be able to delight me in quite the same way she did with Love & Gelato, but she did! This book took me on a fantastic trip through Ireland, that was filled with friends, family, and fun. Prior to their trip to Ireland, Addie and her favorite brother, Ian, had a falling out regarding her relationship with one of Ian's teammates. This relationship did not end well, and there was some fallout, which Ian believed required parental guidance. However, Addie w Rating: 4.5 Stars I didn't think Welch would be able to delight me in quite the same way she did with Love & Gelato, but she did! This book took me on a fantastic trip through Ireland, that was filled with friends, family, and fun. Prior to their trip to Ireland, Addie and her favorite brother, Ian, had a falling out regarding her relationship with one of Ian's teammates. This relationship did not end well, and there was some fallout, which Ian believed required parental guidance. However, Addie was nursing her broken and betrayed heart. She just wanted to visit her friend Lina in Italy, and forget about the whole mess. A chain of events derailed Addie's trip to Italy, and put her on this "road to the Electric Picnic" with Ian and his Irish friend, Rowan. It may have started out as a trip to a music festival, but that road also led to a place of healing and understanding. First and foremost, I LOVED being on this road trip. There were lots of snafus, which were amusing, but what really won my heart was the tour through Ireland. I got to revisit the sites I went to when I visited Ireland back in 2007. It was such a wonderful trip, and it was amazing being back there via Welch's story telling. Each location was incorporated into the story in such a meaningful way, and the addition of the guidebook just made each stop a little bit better. The guided book excerpts were quite hilarious. Those snippets never failed to make me grin, but they also did a fantastic job setting the stage for the events that would follow. The tasks assigned at each stop by the "guide" helped us understand what really happened to Addie, little by little, and also served as a bonding point for her and Rowen. There's nothing like forming a friendship over shared heartbreak, and it was a really beautiful friendship that developed between Rowen and Addie. There was an abundance of examples of fine friendships throughout this book. Of course, I cried when Addie or Lina talked about how vital their friendship was when Lina's mom was sick and later succumbed to her illness. I remember thinking what a wonderful Addie was to Lina, and later, Lina returns that friendship in a really special way. I don't want to say what happened, but there was this magnificent part at the Electric Picnic, which showcased this wonderful group of supportive and loving people Addie was lucky enough to have in her life. Addie was not only blessed with amazing friendships, she also had a rather stupendous family. Her brothers were a lot of things, but there was no doubt that they loved their little sister. It was really sweet the way they wanted to defend and protect her, although she didn't really need it. I also fell in love with her mom. There were a few times in the story, where Ian and Addie shared some special memories of their mom, which were terribly sweet. Those recollections coupled with seeing their mom in action, solidified my feeling that Addie was truly blessed in the family department. To summarize the things I found delightful: ☑️ A slightly broken, but fierce heroine ☑️ Amazing family dynamic ☑️ Incredible and scenic trip through Ireland ☑️ A serious issue that was handled quite well by the author ☑️ Robust friendships including a strong female friendship ☑️ Heartbreak, heartache, and eventually, healing ☑️ A fun musical journey Overall: A beautiful story, which showcased the power of family and friends, and left me with a full and happy heart. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  21. 5 out of 5

    beth ✨

    Rating - 4.75 stars! This was just what I needed right now. It’s the perfect contemporary if you’re looking for something quick and easy to read. I did prefer Love & Gelato but I did really, really enjoy this one aswell :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madeline O'Rourke

    Love & Luck: oh boy, this was disappointing. The first 100 pages or so were excrutiating (and that's like a solid third of the book). The characters were beyond annoying (particularly Ian). As someone who also has three siblings, the sibling interactions seemed ridiculous. Even when Ian and Addie's 'secrets' are revealed, none of it seems justified. He still seemed just as awful. (And on the topic of those secrets, they were so predictable, and I just didn't give a shit). Also, I don't know if th Love & Luck: oh boy, this was disappointing. The first 100 pages or so were excrutiating (and that's like a solid third of the book). The characters were beyond annoying (particularly Ian). As someone who also has three siblings, the sibling interactions seemed ridiculous. Even when Ian and Addie's 'secrets' are revealed, none of it seems justified. He still seemed just as awful. (And on the topic of those secrets, they were so predictable, and I just didn't give a shit). Also, I don't know if this bothers anyone else in books, but you know those stories where characters are so hyper-aware of their loved ones? Like their tics, their reactions, and it nearly always starts with 'that's the thing you need to know about x character' followed by some ridiculously obscure thing that shows how much the narrator knows x character. And it's all just so utterly ridiculous and unrealistic. Love & Luck did that over and over and over again. Sure, it had a nice message in the end. But it was boring. It was predictable. All I was holding out for in the end was a fluffy romantic moment and I didn't even get that. I did find myself enjoying the excerpts from the travel guide (despite their utter ostentatiousness), but in the end, not worth it, not enjoyable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    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 Stephani 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ❦ jazmin

    “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover. Hard to find and lucky to have.” I liked this book almost as much as Love & Gelato! I fell in love with Addie from the very start, and I liked her as a protagonist as much as I liked Lina! The reason why I liked this almost as much as book 1 and not more was primarily the emotional elements of the book. I enjoyed the whole brother-sister bonding situation, but not as much as Lina discovering her mother’s past in Love & Gelato, and that just stuck out “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover. Hard to find and lucky to have.” I liked this book almost as much as Love & Gelato! I fell in love with Addie from the very start, and I liked her as a protagonist as much as I liked Lina! The reason why I liked this almost as much as book 1 and not more was primarily the emotional elements of the book. I enjoyed the whole brother-sister bonding situation, but not as much as Lina discovering her mother’s past in Love & Gelato, and that just stuck out to me because of how much I enjoyed the messages and morals in Love & Gelato. “I know you've got this, but if there's ever a moment when you don't, you've got me.” As I mentioned, Addie was absolutely great, and her personality was perfect for this type of contemporary adventure genre. Rowan and Ian were also very compelling characters, and I loved Lina and Ren’s short appearance :) I actually didn’t mind that this book focused more on family than love. Seeing Addie finally admit things to herself and build back her relationship with her brother was more important than a romantic plot with Rowan, and I loved that Jenna Evans Welch finished the book that way. “This was the thing I'd lost track of this summer. That being chosen--or not chosen--was not the thing that made me valuable. I was valuable regardless. I was enough, all on my own.” My Love and Luck Playlist: 18 by One Direction MY BLOG <3 MY SPOTIFY <3

  25. 4 out of 5

    ~Bellegirl91~

    New record haha. I manged to listen to this 8 hour audio on the LIBBY app in just a little over 6 hours!! So shocker. But to keep me going I was also doing a 2000 piece puzzle I got with some Christmas money and it was worth it. Okay, onto the actual review. This was fun and interesting but I can also see why many who read LOVE & GELATO much better and I do have to say I did like that one tons better though this was still good and had a great message to it that I really liked. Overall I would New record haha. I manged to listen to this 8 hour audio on the LIBBY app in just a little over 6 hours!! So shocker. But to keep me going I was also doing a 2000 piece puzzle I got with some Christmas money and it was worth it. Okay, onto the actual review. This was fun and interesting but I can also see why many who read LOVE & GELATO much better and I do have to say I did like that one tons better though this was still good and had a great message to it that I really liked. Overall I would highly recommend this and the first one and say they're definitely must reads. I personally felt like I was in Italy and Ireland myself and got lost in it and the characters. Some parts got me snorting small laughter here and there. But each of these two so far brought their own kind of special and uniqueness and their own magic which I loved.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara (sarabara081)

    You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books. 3.5 stars! Do you ever pick up a book because of the setting? There is something exciting about books with travel and road trips that always scream at me to read them but add in a location of Ireland and I’m sold! I came thisclose to a trip to Ireland a few years ago but had to turn it down, so it was fun to experience Ireland through the pages of Love & Luck! The novel starts off as Addie is rolling down the hill, ‘aaaaas-youuuuu-wiiiiiish’ styl You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books. 3.5 stars! Do you ever pick up a book because of the setting? There is something exciting about books with travel and road trips that always scream at me to read them but add in a location of Ireland and I’m sold! I came thisclose to a trip to Ireland a few years ago but had to turn it down, so it was fun to experience Ireland through the pages of Love & Luck! The novel starts off as Addie is rolling down the hill, ‘aaaaas-youuuuu-wiiiiiish’ style (seriously, same hill they used in the Princess Bride movie!) after a scuffle with her brother Ian during her aunt’s wedding. We are alluded to an event happening earlier in the summer between Addie and her long time crush who is on the football team with Ian. Whatever happened is deeply personal and upsetting to Addie and Ian insists she tell her mom as soon as possible despite her insistence that she isn’t ready to. This causes some major strife between the usually close siblings, hence the wrestlemania style fighting we witness at the beginning. Addie and Ian have plans to break off from their family for a few days to visit Addie’s friend in Italy (those who have read Love & Gelato will recognize this character) so their mom threatens them to get along on the trip or else they are off their beloved sports teams when they return home. But Ian secretly has other plans than Italy in mind and they end up on a tour of Ireland with a new friend named Rowan. What could go wrong? Lots! In the beginning, I wasn’t too sure about these characters. The fighting was so over the top and quite childish to the extremes they took it, BUT I remember some fights with my sister at that age that were a little ridiculous as well so, yeah. LOL Addie is heartbroken over something, the details of which are slowly revealed as we read. But Ian has some secrets too. This road trip is very important to him and though Addie only initially sticks around for more selfish reasons, soon it becomes obvious just how close of a bond they do have. Slowly the anger is stripped away revealing such a strong love for each other. I desperately wanted to know more about what caused Addie’s heartbreak and the initial strife between her and her brother and it was about halfway through the story that I realized just how much I was invested with how the events were unfolding and the amazing character development that presented itself. Addie has such determination and strength and I truly felt for her situation and loved how mature she ends up handling it. And of course seeing just how amazing and supportive these siblings were once they got past their issues made me love them even more. Some additional aspects I loved included this advice/guide book Addie discovers. It pairs these little tasks that are designed to help let go of heartache with traveling and sightseeing around Ireland. And it turned out that their new traveling buddy, Rowan, is also going through some personal issues and is all in with following the book along with Addie. The book had quite a personality and I found the task to be sweet and exactly what they all needed. Speaking of Rowan, I loved him, okay? He found himself stuck between feuding siblings and made the most of it and helped bring them together again. This is not much of a romance but I love that we get just a hint of one and it totally works for the story. This book was adorably fun and really stressed the importance of being yourself, acceptance of the things you can’t control, family and friendship. It was one of those reads that sneaked up on me, meaning I was liking the ride but once I got towards the end I realized just how impactful and wonderful the story was. The ending was absolutely perfect! Since we briefly meet a character or two from Love & Gelato I would love to check that one out now as well!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    3.5, rounding up First of all, I love this cover. So simple, so cute. I was pretty excited to read this book because I read Love & Gelato and fell in love with it. This one wasn't as good as Love & Gelato for me but I did enjoy a lot of it. This is a contemporary YA book, no romance really, just some family and friends working things out. Road trip anyone? Through Ireland? Yes, please. But maybe with a touch less drama than Addie and Ian's. Real life issues face both Addie and Ian who are the bes 3.5, rounding up First of all, I love this cover. So simple, so cute. I was pretty excited to read this book because I read Love & Gelato and fell in love with it. This one wasn't as good as Love & Gelato for me but I did enjoy a lot of it. This is a contemporary YA book, no romance really, just some family and friends working things out. Road trip anyone? Through Ireland? Yes, please. But maybe with a touch less drama than Addie and Ian's. Real life issues face both Addie and Ian who are the best of friends and the closest of siblings until secrets come out and feelings are hurt. Then they are at war with each other. Just like with any real relationships, there are bumps in the road and sometimes you have to work through the hard stuff to find the beauty on the other side. I loved the real and messy feel to Addie, Ian and Rowan's feelings. They are young, trying to find their way and becoming stronger. It was a satisfying journey. I didn't love the travel book excerpts so much. I liked the idea behind it- especially how it ended, but the "voice" was a touch over the top and had me rolling my eyes a bit. Maybe this would appeal more to the younger crowd? I just might be too old for it. Ha. Content: mild swearing - I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    *shrug* I was really excited to read this since I loved the previous book and anything set in Ireland is automatically magical. Unfortunately, I could barely tell the book was set in Ireland, it’s basically just a book about a road trip. The “charming” friend Rowan, who Ian meets online, is a major character who is supposed to sell the charm of Ireland, but came off as American. There was really no attempt to make him sound Irish, which was disappointing. Also, the sibling drama between Addie an *shrug* I was really excited to read this since I loved the previous book and anything set in Ireland is automatically magical. Unfortunately, I could barely tell the book was set in Ireland, it’s basically just a book about a road trip. The “charming” friend Rowan, who Ian meets online, is a major character who is supposed to sell the charm of Ireland, but came off as American. There was really no attempt to make him sound Irish, which was disappointing. Also, the sibling drama between Addie and Ian was annoying, bland and not entertaining, but not as annoying as the reason behind Cubby and Addie breaking up not being revealed until the end, but constantly being hit over the head with it until then. By that point, I needed a pretty extreme breakup explanation to compensate for such a dragged out basic mystery/source of tension. Underwhelming ending, and at that point I was just relieved to be done. I would read a novella of the guidebook though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    I really enjoyed this one! There was a lot to love. A while back, I picked up Welch's Love & Gelato and really enjoyed that one too. There was so much fun in it--I loved seeing Italy, I thought the romance was really adorable, and I loved the themes about dealing with grief. Love & Luck definitely has a lot of similarities, but it's also its own category, which is honestly a good thing. I was almost hoping that it would be really similar to Love & Gelato, just in Ireland instead of Italy, but it t I really enjoyed this one! There was a lot to love. A while back, I picked up Welch's Love & Gelato and really enjoyed that one too. There was so much fun in it--I loved seeing Italy, I thought the romance was really adorable, and I loved the themes about dealing with grief. Love & Luck definitely has a lot of similarities, but it's also its own category, which is honestly a good thing. I was almost hoping that it would be really similar to Love & Gelato, just in Ireland instead of Italy, but it turned out to be different and this was really good. The most notable difference was how little romance there was. There were maybe a couple of heart-twinges at a certain character, but overall, Addie wasn't spending the book falling in love, she was spending it getting over heartbreak. And I actually really liked this. Addie's journey was very different because she's a different person from Lina and has different needs to succeed in life. And I loved seeing her get over heartbreak and all the things she left across the Atlantic, especially with the help of one quirky guidebook. Speaking of the guidebook, it was basically the most adorable thing ever. I loved reading the short guidebook tourist entries because the voice was so quirky and adorable and used pet names like "pet," "love," "kitten," and even weird ones like "pettiest of pets." I really enjoyed these sections because they were so unique and individual and took on a distinct voice that wasn't too cringey. What I didn't like so much was that the ending felt a bit rushed. Although a lot is happening and they only have three days in Ireland (making this whole book really short in general) and that the book ends during day three, it felt a little rushed at the end. This is realistic because they only have so much time, but I did wish there was a little more resolution to really tie everything together, especially with the issue of Addie's heartbreak. Also, I felt like Welch strung us along for a little too long. It felt frustrating not knowing what Addie was trying to get over and I think this almost prevented me from enjoying this storyline as much as I could have because Addie's growth in the time period that we were in the dark wasn't as impactful as it could have been if we knew what was going on. I took a wild guess at page 37 about what was happening, and I was right, but I didn't get enough details that whatever happened could have been anything from a teen pregnancy to a soccer injury. I wish there were just a few more hints dropped along the way to make it a little more engaging because in the end, I was more frustrated than curious about this storyline. Despite this, I really did enjoy Love & Luck and found it to be a quick, well-paced read with awesome themes about heartbreak and getting over heartbreak as well as family and friendship as Addie has some great connections with her family (three older brothers!) and her best friend in Italy. If you loved the first book, I'd totally recommend this. If you didn't love the first book, I'd still recommend it because it's notably less romantic. Definitely check it out!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    Super cute, super quick. Perfect book to listen to while doing errands. I obviously loved the focus on the strong sibling bond between Addie and Ian and how they both helped/supported each other on their journeys of heartbreak and passion respectively. The conflict was relatively weak because a lot of it happened off page and the story moved quickly and lack a certain depth that could have elevated the story, but I don't think that's what the story was aiming for, so as an enjoyable read about g Super cute, super quick. Perfect book to listen to while doing errands. I obviously loved the focus on the strong sibling bond between Addie and Ian and how they both helped/supported each other on their journeys of heartbreak and passion respectively. The conflict was relatively weak because a lot of it happened off page and the story moved quickly and lack a certain depth that could have elevated the story, but I don't think that's what the story was aiming for, so as an enjoyable read about getting over heartbreak and finding your own happiness I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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