BOOK REVIEW: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

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Title: Love & Luck
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Publication: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Teens, YA Fiction
Pages: 254

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Synopsis: (From Goodreads)

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing 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.

But when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s finally able to 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:

I recently found this series on Thriftbooks and bought the whole lot without even knowing if the series was actually good.  About a month or so ago I read the first book in the series and fell in love with it.  I knew that I wanted to read the entire series.  I did however find that the series except the last book is available for free on Kindle Unlimited which I do have.  So I read them on my kindle so I didn’t annoy my husband with my book light if I read too late.  I was so excited to start it.

Addie is in Ireland, for her aunt’s wedding.  The story starts with her and her brother rolling down the hill at the Cliff’s of Moher after she attacks him, after her harasses her about something she is hiding from her parents.  Addie is supposed to be heading to Italy to meet up with her best friend who moved there during the summer.  With her fighting with her brother her Mom gave her a ultimatum…get along or sports are done.  One thing led to another an Addie finds herself still in Ireland on a wild three day adventure.  This book was really good and it is about one of the side characters from the first book which was awesome.  I was able to get some of her backstory, and it also brought back the main character from the first book which was great.  This second book really rounded out some of the characters storylines.  

I really liked the development of Addie.  She grew as a person through the whole book.  I loved the fact that she was reading a book about Ireland for people with heartbreak.  She recently got herself crushed by someone she thought she liked a lot.  While her brother tried to warn her she didn’t listen to him.  She sees Ireland and does little tasks along the way to help heal herself.  I thought that the relationship between her and her brother Ian was well written.  They worked out their differences and were able to move on.  I really like the character of Rowan.  He made me giggle with all of his wacky cat shirts. He had his own issues going on but still supported Ian and Addie the whole way and they supported him as well.  The one big thing that bothered me was the whole hiding from their Mom thing.  Like did they not think that she wouldn’t be cool if they stayed in Ireland instead of jetting off the Italy.  I mean the parent aspect may be part of it be still.  I am excited to read the last one. It takes place in Greece a place I have visited and loved.  I will be reading it sooner rather than later! 

About Elizabeth Cole

Stay-at-home mom to two children and one toddler. I love to read, travel (haven't done it in a while), and cook. Born and raised in Three Rivers, Michigan and currently, reside in Northern Michigan. Can't wait to start sharing my book thoughts/ reviews with you!!

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