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Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

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Book Title: Love and Olives

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: November 10, 2020



From the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato comes a Mamma Mia-inspired tale about a teen girl finding romance while trying to connect with her absent father in beautiful Santorini, Greece.

Liv Varanakis doesn’t have a lot of fond memories of her father, which makes sense–he fled to Greece when she was only eight. What Liv does remember, though, is their shared love for Greek myths and the lost city of Atlantis.

So when Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father explaining that National Geographic is funding a documentary about his theories on Atlantis– will she fly out to Greece and help?–Liv jumps at the opportunity.

But when she arrives to gorgeous Santorini, things are a little…awkward. There are so many questions, so many emotions that flood to the surface after seeing her father for the first time in years. And yet Liv doesn’t want their past to get in the way of a possible reconciliation. She also definitely doesn’t want Theo–her father’s charismatic so-called “protégé”–to witness her struggle .And that means diving into all that Santorini has to offer–the beautiful sunsets, the turquoise water, the hidden caves, and the delicious cuisine.

But not everything on the Greek island is as perfect as it seems. Because as Liv slowly begins to discover, her father may not have invited her to Greece for Atlantis, but for something much more important.


About the Author:

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 & GelatoLove & Luck, and Love & Olives. 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. Visit her online at JennaEvansWelch.com.

Additional information

Weight 0.54 kg
Dimensions 21.34 × 14.48 × 4.57 cm


    November 1, 2020
    I really enjoyed this installment of the Love and... series. The tension in this book was really well written and I thought some of the more serious themes like abandonment and mental health were handled with grace. I know lots of people have complicated relationships with their fathers and I think my own experiences informed how I read and felt about Liv and her father's relationship. There were times I just wanted to grab Liv by the shoulders (lovingly) and say "hear him out!" And I think it's those same experiences that made me feel very, profoundly sad about some things in this book. It's not really a tear-jerker kind of novel but I was affected by it to a degree that took me by surprise. Very well done. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon and Schuster through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
    November 1, 2020
    This was definitely an emotional read. Its biggest plot line was an extremely meaningful one about loss, family and forgiveness. I felt for both Olive and her dad throughout their journey. I really liked the inclusion of mental illness rep. I wish that it had been brought to light earlier in the book to open up more discussions on the topic between the characters. The ending was so cute, I actually teared up a little bit. It was sweet, genuine and sincere and I felt like it wrapped up the story perfectly. Love & Olives also features an incredible, dreamy bookstore that I wish I could visit in person! The bookstore painted such a picturesque setting and all readers will get lost in the rows of books and the story this book tells. Thank you to netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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