Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch – Book Review

Posted November 20, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch – Book Review

Love & Olives

by Jenna Evans Welch

Series: Love & #3
Publication Date November 10, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: Greece Conteporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 512


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—and will she fly out to Greece and help?—Liv jumps at the opportunity.

But when she arrives in 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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Love & Olives made me laugh, made me want to cry, made me want to shout!

Though broken when her father left her for his first love, Atlantis, Liv still held on to the twenty-six things he had left behind. I loved the way each chapter started with an explanation of one of them.

Theo’s method of respecting Liv’s request to not call her Olive caused me to grin. Every time. And then, when he started citing facts about olives each time they were together?? His love for documenting using his camera was so annoying it made him perfect!

The other characters were all rather wonderful. Her little brother, Julius, was adorable! His obsession with ninjas made me laugh! Then there was Gregory the Canadian, the clerk in the amazing bookstore with the pretend ballerina girlfriend who had a gift for naming cats. And Theo’s bapou…

I do think that Nico, Liv’s dad, might have been my favorite, though. His larger-than-life personality and the way he had the entire village feeling like they owed him. His passion for everything he set his heart to. And the reason behind his search for Atlantis.

Be prepared for stunning vistas of the Greek island of Santorini to come to life with the beautiful descriptions scattered throughout the story. The winding maze of the streets, the white houses designed to make the towns invisible to pirates at sea. The red, black, and white beaches. The incredible sunsets…

If you enjoy coming-of-age stories, even if you are no longer a young adult, you will enjoy Love & Olives!

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About Jenna Evans Welch

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 & Gelato, Love & 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.

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