Love & Luck – Review

Many thanks to Simon Pulse / Simon and Schuster for the chance to read and review this novel early.

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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!

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