Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (ARC)
Our Rating: 4
Goodreads Rating: 4.2
This Book In a Song: Uncharted by Sara Bareilles
*I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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.
If you loved Welch’s first novel, Love & Gelato, as much as I did you were probably sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for her next novel to come out. Trust me Love & Luck does not disappoint. All the same feelings of wanderlust come rushing back in full force. Welch has a way of making you ache to be traveling along side Addie, her brother, and Rowan.
While there is the same theme of traveling in both novels, this book is vastly different. With the help of a quirky guide book and fellow heartbroken travel companion, Addie learns to love herself and works towards healing her heart. Romance the only part I feel was lacking in the novel. After reading Love & Gelato I was slightly disappointed with the lack of romance. The tiny bits of romance included is predictable and forced. I do appreciate Welch’s focus on something besides romance though. The strong focus on family and healing before loving again this novel easily earns a 4/5.
The use of a guidebook as a “mentor” for Addie is a clever idea. Throughout Addie’s journey she is there with a tidbit of funny and quirky comments always urging Addie to confront her feelings.
Another part of the novel I loved was the family dynamic of the Bennett was something significant throughout Addie and Ian’s travels. You can feel the love and support between the siblings even when they may have not felt it.
I also really enjoyed Ian’s story line. His strength and desire to be more than his jock label is inspiring. He risked everything to chase his dreams no matter what anybody else would think. This determination is something I greatly admire.
All in all, Welch delivers a sweet novel about what happens after heartbreak that is sure to make you smile. Once again proving how traveling is somehow therapeutic. If I ever have the opportunity to travel to Ireland, every stop they made will be on my must see list!
I mean come on! Look at this place!!!!
(The Cliffs of Moher, where Addie’s aunt’s wedding took place)