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Love & Gelato - Charming Young Adult Romance.

Love & Gelato is a charming young adult romance novel set in Florence, Italy. After her mom dies of cancer, sixteen-year-old Lina, is sent to Italy to stay with the father she never knew. If that isn't bad enough, her father, Howard, lives in a cemetery where he works as a caretaker. When Lina first meets Howard she can't believe that he's her dad as he looks nothing like her. Her mother's life in Italy before Lina was born is a mystery that she slowly begins to unravel with the help of her mother's journal and a handsome Italian teenager named Lorenzo. The reader is taken on a magnificent journey through Florence and Rome as seen through the eyes of a teenager who desperately misses her mom but finds healing along the way. Love & Gelato is about love, friendship, family, and renewal set against a beautiful backdrop with very real and likable characters. Even though this is a young adult romance, the themes could just as easily apply to people of any age. If you like sweet wholesome fiction with interesting characters in idyllic settings, I would also recommend books by Jenny Colgan.