TITLE: Love and Luck

AUTHOR: Jenna Evans Welch

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

PAGES: 320

PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse

TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult

GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance, Travel

The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Love + Luck by Jenna Evans Welch Book Cover - The Contented Reader

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.

Review

When I first read Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch, I immediately fell in love with her writing style and the book itself. Needless to say, as soon as I heard she was releasing another book, it quickly became an auto-buy for me.

Love and Luck is set in Ireland and I absolutely love this setting. One of the things that I really enjoy about Jenna Evans Welch is that her novels are set in interesting and intriguing places that give you a serious case of wanderlust. I hope she continues this trend in her upcoming novels.

Ireland is a place that I hope to visit someday and I must admit that this novel only increased that desire. The implementation of the guidebook helps to highlight tourist destinations in Ireland and I really enjoyed this aspect. At times, I was more interested in what the guidebook had to say then the actual plot of the novel. I really enjoyed the narrator of the guidebook because of their tone and sass. Reading the excerpts were consistently enjoyable.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that characters drive the story for me. While the setting and plot are important, I have to feel connected to the characters. Needless to say, this is where Love and Luck fell flat for me.

Welch first introduced Addie in Love and Gelato, as Lina’s best friend. I wish that I liked her in this novel as much as I liked Lina.  At times, I found myself just wanting more from her.  Moreover, Addie’s brother and their travel companion, Rowan, were just okay to me. While sometimes enjoyable, I did not have an investment in their storyline, nor their interactions with one another. Throughout the length of the novel, things were just average.

The other aspect that I think was lacking in this novel is the romance. While this novel is not about romance, it is present in small amounts.  I just wish there was a bit more of it.  This is another reason why I preferred Love and Gelato. It had more of a romantic element to it, and I was a sucker for it!

While I did find some fault with this novel, I am extremely glad that I read it. I am still a fan of Jenna Evans Welch, and while I did not enjoy it as much as her first novel, I will definitely be reading her future books. She has a writing style that is absolutely lovely and always grabs you. I guess you could say I just could not get over Lina and Ren and their time in Italy!

Overall, if given the choice, I would choose to read her debut novel over Love and Luck. That said, I did enjoy this novel, and would recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary, travel novels.

When it comes to love we never learn. Ever. Even when we know the risk.

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About The Author

Jenna Evans Welch Author Photo - The Contented ReaderJenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE & GELATO and the upcoming LOVE & LUCK. When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two young children.

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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