Friday, May 11, 2018

Blog Tour: Love & Luck - Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Luck
Jenna Evans Welch
Series: n/a
Age/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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 didn't think Welch would be able to delight me in quite the same way she did with Love & Gelato, but she did! This book took me on a fantastic trip through Ireland, that was filled with friends, family, and fun.

Prior to their trip to Ireland, Addie and her favorite brother, Ian, had a falling out regarding her relationship with one of Ian's teammates. This relationship did not end well, and there was some fallout, which Ian believed required parental guidance. However, Addie was nursing her broken and betrayed heart. She just wanted to visit her friend Lina in Italy, and forget about the whole mess. A chain of events derailed Addie's trip to Italy, and put her on this "road to the Electric Picnic" with Ian and his Irish friend, Rowan. It may have started out as a trip to a music festival, but that road also led to a place of healing and understanding.

First and foremost, I LOVED being on this road trip. There were lots of snafus, which were amusing, but what really won my heart was the tour through Ireland. I got to revisit the sites I went to when I visited Ireland back in 2007. It was such a wonderful trip, and it was amazing being back there via Welch's story telling. Each location was incorporated into the story in such a meaningful way, and the addition of the guidebook just made each stop a little bit better.

The guided book excerpts were quite hilarious. Those snippets never failed to make me grin, but they also did a fantastic job setting the stage for the events that would follow. The tasks assigned at each stop by the "guide" helped us understand what really happened to Addie, little by little, and also served as a bonding point for her and Rowen. There's nothing like forming a friendship over shared heartbreak, and it was a really beautiful friendship that developed between Rowen and Addie.

There was an abundance of examples of fine friendships throughout this book. Of course, I cried when Addie or Lina talked about how vital their friendship was when Lina's mom was sick and later succumbed to her illness. I remember thinking what a wonderful friend Addie was to Lina, and later, Lina returns that friendship in a really special way. I don't want to say what happened, but there was this magnificent part at the Electric Picnic, which showcased this wonderful group of supportive and loving people Addie was lucky enough to have in her life.

Addie was not only blessed with amazing friendships, she also had a rather stupendous family. Her brothers were a lot of things, but there was no doubt that they loved their little sister. It was really sweet the way they wanted to defend and protect her, although she didn't really need it. I also fell in love with her mom. There were a few times in the story, when Ian and Addie shared some special memories of their mom, which were terribly sweet. Those recollections coupled with seeing their mom in action, solidified my feeling that Addie was truly blessed in the family department.

To summarize the things I found delightful:

☑️ A slightly broken, but fierce heroine
☑️ Amazing family dynamic
☑️ Incredible and scenic trip through Ireland
☑️ A serious issue that was handled quite well by the author
☑️ Robust friendships including a strong female friendship
☑️ Heartbreak, heartache, and eventually, healing
☑️ A fun musical journey

Overall: A beautiful story, which showcased the power of family and friends, and left me with a full and happy heart.

* ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

The Emerald Isle may not be the only place to mend a broken heart, but it is the best. Trust me.

I touched my heart lightly. It didn't hurt any less, but it actually did feel lighter, like someone had slipped their hands underneath mine to help me with the weight. 

Labels aren't big enough for people.

Looking right at heartache was like looking at the sun. It burned.

Did you know that each leaf on a clover stands for something? They do, pet. Faith, hope, and love. And should you happen to find one with four leaves? Well, that's the one that stands for luck.

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Jenna 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.


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  1. This sounds so cute! I love the Ireland setting - I've never been there, but hope to get there someday. And I love the brother-sister relationship.

    1. My family is from Ireland, and my mom always wanted to visit. We went as a family - my parents, my daughter, and I, and it was a lot of fun. The country is absolutely beautiful.

  2. I need to try a book by this author. I’ve heard good things. This one sounds like my cup of tea.

    1. I read both Love & Gelato and Love & Luck, one after the other, and I really enjoyed both. Fun contemporaries with just the right amount of emotional drama to give it depth, but now drag it down.

  3. This one sounds like it has sooo much going for it. Ireland, road trip, likable heroine, great family... so much goodness! More and more I find myself just o-v-e-r the crappy/absent family depictions in YA so coming across one where family is so well represented is a total bonus. Glad this was such a hit for you, Sam!

    1. I have been really lucky with family rep in the books I am reading lately, and I love seeing it. My parents were present. I was present in my daughter's life. So, there are present families out there, and it's great to see them represented in YA.

  4. Oh this sounds so darling! The perfect escape plus a good rep of family relationships! A winner!

    1. Lots of fun, but also dealt with issues that had a little gravity. I thought Welch stuck the perfect balance.

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    1. I hope you love it when you read it! I know I did.

  6. I have to admit that I don't think I have really read many books with a road trip in them, even though it's something that people seem to love later. I really like the sound of this one being so fun and all those excerpts woven in to make you laugh and smile. It sounds like a great book!!

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  7. This sounds so good, Sam! I love road trip books and the fact that there is some humor in this one really makes it sound even better. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. I loved the guidebook too! It was so fun and hilarious! Glad you enjoyed this as well. I need to go back and read Love and Gelato.

  9. I've heard so many good things about Love & Gelato so I just know this one will be good too. It sounds brilliant and a perfect summer read.

    1. Love & Gelato combine two of my favorite thing, grief and romance. I adored it!

  10. I still need to read Love & Gelato but I really want to read both books. I love that this one is set in Ireland, which is somewhere I've always wanted to visit. I'm glad this was such a good read for you.

    1. I really adored both Welch's books. Gelato was a perfect fit for me with the grief and loss and romance, but I also loved the family and friendship focus in Luck.

  11. This is such a fun book and a wonderful companion to Love & Gelato. There is something to be said for a book that has such a fantastic setting, and a unique concept. I am so glad that you enjoyed it! :)

    1. I was surprised it wasn't a romance, but the family story she told was so wonderful.

  12. I'm loving this cover!! So cute!! I still haven't read love and gelato yet. *SIGH* Great review as always <3

    1. Fact: I purchased Love & Gelato quite a while ago. Signing up for this tour pushed me to read it, and I am glad I did. It was a romance and a story of healing. My favorite kind.