REVIEW: Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

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

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781534401006

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My rating:

            I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for Jenna’s new book since I fell head over heels for Ren and Lina in Love & Gelato. When I realized that Love & Luck would be about Lina’s friend Addie’s trip to Ireland, I was so excited. I’ve had the travel bug for ages now and Love & Luck just made me want to travel even more. Love & Luck is a story about heartbreak, family, and learning to love again.

“Worst summer ever. That’s the thought I went over the side with. Not I’m falling. Not I just shoved my brother off the Cliffs of Moher. Not even My aunt is going to kill me for ruining her big day. Just Worst summer ever.”

            Love & Luck hits the ground running—or, rather, falling. Addie has a huge secret that her brother slash best friend, Ian, found out about and now they can’t stop fighting when once before, they were inseparable. It also doesn’t help that Ian keeps pushing Addie’s buttons when they’re at their aunt’s wedding in Ireland. Hence, them falling off the Cliffs of Moher. Then, things go even more awry when Ian ditches Addie to go on a road trip in Ireland instead of going to Italy with Addie to see Lina, but Addie ends up with Ian and his cute Irish friend, Rowan.

            On top of the mess that is this trip, Addie is dealing with some serious heartbreak. Thankfully, she found a travel guide back at her hotel that doubles as a heartbreak guide as well.

            I absolutely adore Jenna’s writing style. Her captivating words will transport you into the rolling landscape that is Ireland. Her characters feel so damn real that you’ll feel like you’re cramped in Clover right beside Addie or dreaming about music with Ian.

“Chasing after Ian never felt like a choice—it was like sleeping or brushing my teeth. It was just what I did.”

            It was quite refreshing that the main plot of the story didn’t revolve around romance. Obviously, romance is my entire life—it’s rare that I stray out of the YA/romance genre, but Love & Luck was really about reconnecting with your family and dealing with a heartbreak. Jenna made it especially entertaining with the siblings’ hilarious banter. And it really did help that Rowan, the cute Irishman, was along for the ride offering a break in the tension or a helping hand to Addie.

“I want you to take a deep breath. And then another. Notice how the breaths just keep coming? Notice how they just take care of themselves?”

            I think my favorite part of Love & Luck was the guidebook excerpts. Along with giving some wonderful information about the many gorgeous sights and places in Ireland, there were some extremely helpful and inspiring passages for getting over a heartbreak. A few made me cry, even. I just loved this entire idea and how Jenna executed it. (And, honestly, it was kind of the perfect time for me to read this.)

            Love & Luck is the perfect novel if you love love, traveling, and cute Irishmen.

“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. So, my love, I wish you all of those things. Faith, hope, love, and luck. But mostly, I wish you love. It’s its own form of luck.”

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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