Contemporary · YA

Love & Gelato: Wine Slushie

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A charmingly easy read that’s packed full of… well, love and gelato. But all the different kinds of love highlighted in the novel are just as sweet and comforting as a big cup of stracciatella. Not only is there the typical teenage love that’s awkward and unsure, but even sweeter is familial love, a kind that’s unassuming and steadfast.

Perfect for taking along to the beach, this book has all the elements of a light summer read; adventures in the stunning city of Florence, motorcycle rides and an important lesson learned. This read is best enjoyed with an icy twist on an Italian favorite: wine. slushie.

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Goodreads Synoposis: Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”  ― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

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Wine Slushie

  • 1 glass of wine
  • Handful of ice
  • 1 shot of creme de cassis

Pour ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

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