Book Review

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch | Book Review

“Label’s aren’t big enough for people. And once you try to categorise someone, you stop looking for who they actually are”

Love and Luck follows a young girl named Addie. Addie is heartbroken. Over summer, away from school, she and her family head to Ireland for their Aunt Mel’s wedding, after which she plans to fly to Italy to meet her best friend Lina.

One wedding, a fist fight and a missed flight later she and her brother, usually inseparable but tensions are high, end up on a road trip, with young Irishman named Rowan, as she tries to mend her broken heart.

My Thoughts

This book took me a little while to get into.

I thought the beginning was quite drawn out however, after that I started to really enjoy it.

There were times I thought Addie was very overdramatic however, over time I came to forgive her for that tendency.

I enjoyed the main characters interactions with her brothers. I also enjoyed her back and forth with Rowan.

What I enjoyed more is that she doesn’t seem to jump into a romance in order to get over one. Yes, there’s a back and forth but there’s more of a focus on friendship and helping each other through tough times.

There’s also a big focus on family. The good, the bad and the ugly. You got to see this with Addis’s family – they’re such a tight unit but even the best of families have their hard moments. Rowan’s character showed another side to family. It was interesting to see the two contrasts.

I’ve never been to Ireland. I can’t say that I felt like I was there – not with Italy in her first novel Love and Gelato. However, it did enough that it would make me want to explore Ireland for myself.

Sections of this book which are excerpts from a guidebook Addie is using called “Heartbroken: An Unconventional Guide to the Emerald Isle”. These weren’t my favourite parts but you couldn’t very well skip them as they are an important feature in the book. I totally understand why they’re incorporated, but I didn’t enjoy them as much as the rest of the book.

I did enjoy this book overall though. It was a cute read which left you feeling good and warm inside. It actually also delved into some issues which I’m sure many people face. It deals with their reactions to it, and pulling through it.

I very much enjoyed my time with this book and I cannot wait to read the next book from this author.

“I know you’ve got this, but if there’s ever a moment where you don’t, you’ve got me”

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