When Lina’s mother dies, she insists Lina go live in Italy with a father she has never met. Italy is captivating with its perfect scenery and more perfect gelato, but Lina only wants to get home. Her attitude begins to change when she is given the journal her mother kept during her time in Italy. As Lina and her new friend Ren follow Lina’s mother’s footsteps, they uncover family secrets. Slowly Lina learns more about her mother, her father, and herself. Through her experiences she comes to understand and accept her new life.
This is a light-hearted love story with a perfect setting. The descriptions of Italy are intriguing and the characters are interesting. I would have liked a little more depth in the writing and better character development, but the story is fun and clean. Teen readers with a desire to travel will enjoy Love and Gelato.