Book: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Published May 2018 by Simon Pulse|303 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
I loved this book! I loved it a lot more than Love & Gelato, and I’m glad I picked this one up!
Love & Luck (like Love & Gelato) had this Anna And The French Kiss sort of feel. I’m not sure why I’m reminded of Anna, but I think it’s the girl in a different country part of it. Addie was mentioned in Love & Gelato, and this book focuses on her. Lina does make an appearance later on in the book, and it was nice to see her.
To be honest, I’m not sure why I loved this one more than Gelato, but I did. There’s something about the relationship she has with her brothers, especially with Ian. I loved seeing Rowan take her on all of these adventures based on a guidebook Addie found while Ian was off doing his own music-related things. It wasn’t the trip Addie expected, but I think it was a good adventure for her. I liked that things were able to get better with her brother, and they definitely have a good friend in Rowan.
I really liked the way she explored Ireland, and it’s definitely different, but I think it worked for what Addie needed. I wish we had seen a little bit more of Ireland, but overall, I didn’t mind it. I think it’s because Ian and Addie (even if Addie didn’t necessarily realize it at the time), had something in mind for what they wanted to do.
Ian obviously had his own plans, which ended in a music festival. While the indie music obsessed characters can be a little tiring at times, I didn’t mind in this book because Ian wasn’t a main character. His adventures led to Addie’s adventures, and I really liked seeing her adventures.
5 stars. I loved this book, and it was fun and cute and what I needed.