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Love & Luck

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Love & Luck

LOVE & LUCK by Jenna Evans Welch follows Addie on an Ireland road trip that guarantees to help mend her broken heart. Nothing has been the same between Addie and her brother, Ian, since the boy she liked broke her heart. Forced together on a trip under mom’s orders, the siblings will finally share their secrets and grow closer than ever before. This book is sure to leave a smile on your face, waiting for what Welch comes up with next.

LOVE & LUCK is the companion novel to LOVE & GELATO, which released in 2016. LOVE & LUCK follows Addie, a character introduced in LOVE & GELATO. However, readers don't need to read the first book to fully experience this one.

"For readers who love an amazing road trip, an outstandingly developed sibling relationship and a gorgeous backdrop, LOVE & LUCK is most definitely the book for you."

Whereas LOVE & GELATO gave us a gorgeous view of Italy, LOVE & LUCK welcomes us to Ireland. The backdrop is absolutely stunning. Welch is able to describe the lush fields and precarious mountain sides as if readers are right there with the characters. To immerse readers further, there are several excerpts of a fictional guide book to Ireland between chapters. It truly inspires readers to want to see Ireland for themselves.

LOVE & GELATO was about finding pieces of Lina’s mother's past. LOVE & LUCK is about mending a broken heart while on a road trip in Ireland. I find that I liked Welch’s previous novel a bit more than this one. However, it may have been in part, because Addie and Ian were fighting most of the time. The constant fighting between siblings is a bit exhausting. Addie and her brother, Ian, are in the throes of a dramatic sibling rivalry that is entirely believable and, at times, hilarious.

Jenna Evans Welch does it again with fantastic prose. Not only does the setting draw you in, but the writing keeps you suspended in the story. There just seems to be so much variety in her writing style. Her books are the perfect summer reads. The story is light, fun and adorable.

Addie is the main character who could easily be your best friend. Ian was a constant, ever-observant brother and by the end of the book, I quite missed certain characteristics of his such as his knee bouncing and his taste in music. It's the little details that Welch adds that makes these wonderful characters seem so real. Rowan is my favorite. His seemingly relaxed attitude mingled with his stressful background flushed his character out impeccably.

The cameo of Ren and Lina was adorable and despite, Welch keeping the romance to a minimum in LOVE & LUCK, I'm happy that the two lovebirds of the first book did not steal the spotlight away from Addie.

The excerpts of the guidebook offered heartache homework guaranteed to help you mend your broken heart. It was fun to follow along in the guidebook and then to see how Addie and Rowan accomplished each task. The guidebook had me anticipating the next scene even more.

Welch keeps a secret from readers as a way to move the story along. It doesn't so much bother me as makes me interested into what she was hiding. She leaves it open for several guesses from readers. Along the road trip, clues are given in the tiniest amounts. LOVE & LUCK is a contemporary treasure hunt that is sure to make you smile.

I would love a sequel or another companion novel. Welch left the ending open so readers can dream of possibilities. Even if it isn't another companion novel, I am wholeheartedly looking forward to another book by Welch. For readers who love an amazing road trip, an outstandingly developed sibling relationship and a gorgeous backdrop, LOVE & LUCK is most definitely the book for you.

Reviewed by Jeanna Michel on June 13, 2018

Love & Luck
by Jenna Evans Welch