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Santorini felt like an island holding its breath. As if it were keeping in a secret... Liv Varanakis doesn’t like to think about her father much, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight, leaving her with just a few painful memories of their shared love for the lost city of Atlantis. So when teenage Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father, who ex Santorini felt like an island holding its breath. As if it were keeping in a secret... Liv Varanakis doesn’t like to think about her father much, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight, leaving her with just a few painful memories of their shared love for the lost city of Atlantis. So when teenage Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father, who explains that National Geographic is supporting a documentary about his theories on Atlantis—and asks if she will fly out to Greece and help—Liv is less than thrilled. When she arrives in gorgeous Santorini, things are just as awkward as she'd imagined. There are so many questions, so many emotions that flood to the surface after seeing her father for the first time in years. Liv doesn’t want to get sucked back into her father's world. She also definitely doesn’t want Theo, her father’s charismatic so-called protégé, to witness her struggle. Even so, she can't help but be charmed by everything Santorini has to offer—the beautiful sunsets, the turquoise water, the sun-drenched villages, 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.


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Santorini felt like an island holding its breath. As if it were keeping in a secret... Liv Varanakis doesn’t like to think about her father much, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight, leaving her with just a few painful memories of their shared love for the lost city of Atlantis. So when teenage Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father, who ex Santorini felt like an island holding its breath. As if it were keeping in a secret... Liv Varanakis doesn’t like to think about her father much, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight, leaving her with just a few painful memories of their shared love for the lost city of Atlantis. So when teenage Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father, who explains that National Geographic is supporting a documentary about his theories on Atlantis—and asks if she will fly out to Greece and help—Liv is less than thrilled. When she arrives in gorgeous Santorini, things are just as awkward as she'd imagined. There are so many questions, so many emotions that flood to the surface after seeing her father for the first time in years. Liv doesn’t want to get sucked back into her father's world. She also definitely doesn’t want Theo, her father’s charismatic so-called protégé, to witness her struggle. Even so, she can't help but be charmed by everything Santorini has to offer—the beautiful sunsets, the turquoise water, the sun-drenched villages, 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.

30 review for Love & Olives

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    goodness me. is it getting misty in here or is it just my eyes?? lol. i honestly did not expect this story to pack such an emotional punch. i already knew JW could delve into some deeper topics, but she tends to do it in a light, carefree way. while this did have that airy quality to it, especially surrounding the adventure to document finding atlantis and being in greece, there is a lot of heavy stuff going on in this. and it caught me off guard to see myself get so caught up in it. i love, love, goodness me. is it getting misty in here or is it just my eyes?? lol. i honestly did not expect this story to pack such an emotional punch. i already knew JW could delve into some deeper topics, but she tends to do it in a light, carefree way. while this did have that airy quality to it, especially surrounding the adventure to document finding atlantis and being in greece, there is a lot of heavy stuff going on in this. and it caught me off guard to see myself get so caught up in it. i love, love, love how both liv and her dad are written. its really quite beautiful. and i really enjoyed how their relationship tied into the larger overall theme of searching for atlantis and how lost things can become found. its a really meaningful idea and one that is developed in a loving way. i think this just might knock out 'love and gelato' as my favourite JW book! ↠ 5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Have you read Love & Gelato or Love & Luck? Both have been comfort, easy reads for me, and I was so happy to see there’s an additional one, this time set in Santorini, Greece. Love & Olives also touches on mental health and abandonment, and I appreciated the way the author delicately addressed those topics. All three of these books are standalones, but you’ll notice some commonalities between them. I hope Jenna Evans Welch will add more stories to the line-up because I can’t get enough. The char Have you read Love & Gelato or Love & Luck? Both have been comfort, easy reads for me, and I was so happy to see there’s an additional one, this time set in Santorini, Greece. Love & Olives also touches on mental health and abandonment, and I appreciated the way the author delicately addressed those topics. All three of these books are standalones, but you’ll notice some commonalities between them. I hope Jenna Evans Welch will add more stories to the line-up because I can’t get enough. The characters are precious, and the books are so very huggable. I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  3. 4 out of 5

    amily :)

    I LOVED LOVE & GELATO SO MUCH I CANT WAIT :D

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nikki S

    **EST 11/08/2019** How did I not know this was a thing?! I LOVED the other two! And this one is in Greece?! Cool! **12/23/20** This one was good, but it wasn't my favorite. That title still belongs to Love & Luck. Real review to come. **EDIT 12/27/20** You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... When I saw this was coming out, I immediately added it to my TBR. I LOVED the first 2 in this companion series, and I just knew I was going to love this one too. I mean why wouldn’t I? It **EST 11/08/2019** How did I not know this was a thing?! I LOVED the other two! And this one is in Greece?! Cool! **12/23/20** This one was good, but it wasn't my favorite. That title still belongs to Love & Luck. Real review to come. **EDIT 12/27/20** You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... When I saw this was coming out, I immediately added it to my TBR. I LOVED the first 2 in this companion series, and I just knew I was going to love this one too. I mean why wouldn’t I? It’s set in Greece! Liv hasn’t heard from her father in years. And then all of a sudden she gets a postcard from her father asking for her help in Santorini. She doesn’t want to go, but her mom makes her and she then finds herself on the plane. When she gets there, things are as awkward as one might think. She’s not ready to forgive her dad, but she’s there anyway to help with his outlandish ideas. But as it turns out, her dad has asked her to come to Greece for so much more than she expected. The best thing about this was of course the setting. Just like with the others, they’re all set in places I’ve never been but really want to go to. The descriptions in this had me looking up pictures of things like the Red Beach, the White Beach, the beautiful turquoise water, and just all of it. I really felt like I was there. Welch definitely has a way with making the setting come alive. I do wish she had incorporated more Greek food into it. (Like the gelato in the first one.) But all in all I did feel like I was in Greece for a bit. As for the characters, I liked Liv, but she was a bit indecisive and that bothered me a bit. I know most teens are like that, but with her it was extreme. She wanted her dad to say what he’d done, but she didn’t want to. It was like she didn’t know what she wanted. I thought it was a way of protecting herself, but sometimes I felt she was protecting herself against something that wasn’t as obvious as she thought. Especially when everyone was trying to tell her so and she just didn’t want to hear or know it. I guess a better word to describe her is stubborn. I did think that Welch did a great job in describing the mental illness in this book. The episodes were described accurately and made me think of my sister who suffers from the same illness. I was glad that they finally gave that person the limelight and let them tell their story. As a matter of fact, that was what made the story for me. That made the story arc so much more meaningful. The plot itself was a bit repetitive tho. I felt like she was flinching away from her dad, flirting but not flirting with the love interest and thinking she knew everything throughout the whole book until the end. I wanted to see more growth in her I guess. More growth would have meant a better advancement of the plot in my opinion. The romance was a slow burn and for the most part was non-existent. It wasn’t really a contemporary romance, it was more like a contemporary that had a romance element to it. I think that was my downfall. I went into it thinking I would get a love story romp through Greece like I got with the first two. But as I read this, I knew that just wasn’t what this story was about. And that’s ok. I just wanted to give readers a heads up if they’re thinking like I was. This book was very different from the others, but it’s still only my second favorite. I wish it had some small changes, but I still enjoyed it as is. I hope this isn’t the last one in this series. I would love to see her characters go to more places. Hopefully we’ll see them going places like Brazil, Japan, France, etc.

  5. 5 out of 5

    chloe ♡

    - set in santorini (i've always wanted to go!!) - cute, slow burn romance - this made me cry - set in santorini (i've always wanted to go!!) - cute, slow burn romance - this made me cry

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

    I loved Love & Gelato so much, and I've been meaning to read Love & Luck, but I'm so excited for this one! I just really need to know if Theo is Greek too, or if he's from a different country. If he's Greek imma be pissed. A Greek naming their son Theo is like a Canadian naming their son Uncle. I loved Love & Gelato so much, and I've been meaning to read Love & Luck, but I'm so excited for this one! I just really need to know if Theo is Greek too, or if he's from a different country. If he's Greek imma be pissed. A Greek naming their son Theo is like a Canadian naming their son Uncle.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    As if I didn’t already want to visit Santorini badly enough, this book made me want to go even more! Love & Olives transports and immerses you into the breathtaking shores of the island. This was the perfect setting for a story about finding yourself and finding your family. Olive is swept away to Santorini after receiving a postcard from her estranged father asking for her help with a new project. This was definitely an emotional read. Its biggest plot line was an extremely meaningful one about As if I didn’t already want to visit Santorini badly enough, this book made me want to go even more! Love & Olives transports and immerses you into the breathtaking shores of the island. This was the perfect setting for a story about finding yourself and finding your family. Olive is swept away to Santorini after receiving a postcard from her estranged father asking for her help with a new project. 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. I wasn’t crazy about the romance aspect of this book. Olive has a boyfriend back home for the majority of the time she’s in Santorini having a flirtation-ship with Theo, the son of her dad’s friend. Thankfully, the strong storylines of adventure and learning to understand those who have hurt you in the past made up for this. 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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Belcher

    (4.5) 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 (4.5) 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. Side note: maybe it's the Mamma Mia lover in me but the whole time I was just like "yes, run away to Greece. Stay forever." because I mean, living in a bookshop overlooking the ocean in Santorini? That's literally a dream. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon and Schuster through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roaringwave

    I think that of all of the books in this “series” this was my least favorite, which was disappointing because I was really looking forward to it. I felt that the missing dad trope was repeated, although it was altered a bit. Overall it was a fun enjoyable read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)

    THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I NEED THIS ASAP. It comes out so close to my birthday, SURELY this is a gift from the book gods.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya (bookishelflife)

    3.5 stars I have been religiously reading all the books from love and Gelato series as they come out. I love how vividly detailed these books are, given that they are travelogue kind of books I feel like it is quite important that the reader has to have a clear mind's eye picture of all the details of the place in order to vicariously travel through the book. The author yet does not disappoint with her beautiful narration, you could tell that she has gone to so many lengths in her research to wri 3.5 stars I have been religiously reading all the books from love and Gelato series as they come out. I love how vividly detailed these books are, given that they are travelogue kind of books I feel like it is quite important that the reader has to have a clear mind's eye picture of all the details of the place in order to vicariously travel through the book. The author yet does not disappoint with her beautiful narration, you could tell that she has gone to so many lengths in her research to write this book- after all it is a book about finding Atlantis. I truly vicariously travelled all Greece through this book The main character Olive aka Liv is quite relatable, the plot deals with Liv's estranged father, an Atlantis hunter-whom she travels all the way to Santorini to help with his project-Finding Atlantis. There is a decade worth of unsaid words and anger she is forced to face with this sudden encounter, Liv forms a second skin in order to deal with her childhood trauma. The way she undergoes emotional turmoil in order to untangle her web of feelings are very heart warming at times, the male lead Theo is a delight to read and a total charmer. I liked the fact that the book talks about mental illness which is something I always love in my books However, I felt like the whole theme with father-daughter to be quite redundant. I was disappointed that there were not many scenes/conversations in between Liv and her father which I kept looking for, some parts of the story were not realistic and too cliched. There is an expected grand gesture to the end of the book like every other book in this series which to be quite honest I never cared for because they kind of feel forced for me. That being said I still enjoyed the whole ride and will continue picking up books in this series

  12. 5 out of 5

    Poonkuzhali

    Wait... WHAT? Jenna Evans Welch How are you doing this? Love & Gelato- Italy, Love & Luck- Ireland and now Greece, specifically SANTORINI !!! Damn, you seem to read my mind and write books featuring the places I'd love to visit. I can't wait for this book to release... I would devour it, that's for sure! Wait... WHAT? Jenna Evans Welch How are you doing this? Love & Gelato- Italy, Love & Luck- Ireland and now Greece, specifically SANTORINI !!! Damn, you seem to read my mind and write books featuring the places I'd love to visit. I can't wait for this book to release... I would devour it, that's for sure!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Jo Weir

    It wasn't horrible, I just wish she wasn't so closed off. I understand that she is young and such, but I feel she could have been a bit more willing to ask questions or listen. Overall, it was an OK read. It wasn't horrible, I just wish she wasn't so closed off. I understand that she is young and such, but I feel she could have been a bit more willing to ask questions or listen. Overall, it was an OK read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

    *We received this book in exchange for an honest review.* Liv Varanakis pretends to be something she’s not. She wants people to like her without knowing much about her life. After all, she pretends that her life in Seattle is perfect. She has her boyfriend Dax, his friends and a loving family. Except, she hasn’t seen her dad since she was eight. He left to go back to his home country of Greece and find the lost city of Atlantis. When Liv was little, her dad loved to teach her about Greek mythology *We received this book in exchange for an honest review.* Liv Varanakis pretends to be something she’s not. She wants people to like her without knowing much about her life. After all, she pretends that her life in Seattle is perfect. She has her boyfriend Dax, his friends and a loving family. Except, she hasn’t seen her dad since she was eight. He left to go back to his home country of Greece and find the lost city of Atlantis. When Liv was little, her dad loved to teach her about Greek mythology and how together they would use Plato’s clues to find Atlantis. The summer before her senior year, Liv gets a postcard from her father inviting her to Santorini for a few weeks to help with his projects. Begrudgingly, a few days later she’s on a plane to help her dad shoot a documentary on Atlantis for National Geographic. Talk about awkward. 1) It’s hard to be around her dad, 2) Liv has become an Atlantic skeptic, and 3) She’s sharing a bedroom with Theo, her dad’s protégé, who happens to be ridiculously cute. Will Liv and her father be able to work things out? We we’re so excited about Welch’s next book. We loved Love and Gelato and couldn’t wait for a book set in Greece. Christy has been to Santorini and it’s just as beautiful as described in the book. Welch did her research because when visiting Santorini, many people discussed the theory that this was the site of Atlantis. We loved the mystery aspect of the book. As history lovers, it would be so cool being able to do a project for National Geographic and explore Greece to understand one of the world’s most discussed myths. The characters also had us hooked. Liv is rightfully angry when she arrives, but has great character development. Things aren’t so black and white. While she has problems with her father, we loved seeing them become closer and work out their unresolved issues. Then, there’s the romance! Dax was super dull and controlling. Theo won us over right away with his sense of humor and adventure. He gets Liv to open up and shows her the hidden gems of Santorini. Plus, he’s a budding filmmaker so he had great ideas for the documentary. While it’s a cute contemporary, Welch mentioned some serious topics, mainly mental health. She did a good job of explaining depression and anxiety realistically. Overall, we loved this book about travel, adventure, family and romance. If you’re looking to go on a vacation through books, pick Love and Olives up when it releases November 10, 2020. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    I was excited to see another look in the Love & Gelatos series because this is such a sweet and charming series. I especially enjoy reading it during the summer, or just when you need a refresher. Much like the other books in the series, it is written in first person and features a young teen. Liv was briefly mentioned in the other book in the series, but I don’t think we know much about her. I was especially excited to read more about Greece since that is where Liv is from. However, I did fe I was excited to see another look in the Love & Gelatos series because this is such a sweet and charming series. I especially enjoy reading it during the summer, or just when you need a refresher. Much like the other books in the series, it is written in first person and features a young teen. Liv was briefly mentioned in the other book in the series, but I don’t think we know much about her. I was especially excited to read more about Greece since that is where Liv is from. However, I did feel like this book was a little slow. There are quite a lot of details that I didn’t really think was necessary. It was simple and cute, but I think I was expecting a little bit more than that. However, if you liked the first two books, then you will probably like this too. It does have a slightly different feel to it though. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes Sarah Dessen books. They remind me a bit of each other slightly, but I think Dessen tends to write about some more heavier topics.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie Prouty

    An adventure book! 👏 Greek myths and the lost city of Atlantis. 26 Things My Dad Left Behind, by Indiana Olive. Except she isn't Olive anymore. She goes by Liv. Liv Varanakis and she doesn't ever, ever talk about her absentee Atlantis hunter father, Nico- he fled to Greece when she was eight. Liv finds out...from a postcard😱!...that National Geographic is supporting a documentary about Nico's theories on the golden city. Her mom encourages (read: coerces) her to go to Santorini to reconcile with An adventure book! 👏 Greek myths and the lost city of Atlantis. 26 Things My Dad Left Behind, by Indiana Olive. Except she isn't Olive anymore. She goes by Liv. Liv Varanakis and she doesn't ever, ever talk about her absentee Atlantis hunter father, Nico- he fled to Greece when she was eight. Liv finds out...from a postcard😱!...that National Geographic is supporting a documentary about Nico's theories on the golden city. Her mom encourages (read: coerces) her to go to Santorini to reconcile with her dad. Put things to rest. But when she arrives things are....awkward. Emotional earthquake level. Confusing. Clouds of sadness. Liv def doesn't want her dads "crew"- party of one- to witness the uncomfortable vibes. The crew? That's a Greek boy. Theo. 😍 He's next-level attractive and smug just seemed to add to his charm. He’s such a sweet little baklava (see what I did there 😂). His nickname for Liv, Kalamata, is completely endearing. So the trio galivant all over the island capturing the beautiful sunsets and turquoise water while searching for proof of Atlantis. However, Liv realizes that maybe she isn't in Santorini seeking a lost paradise, but possibly for something much more meaningful. The characters were amiable! Bapou is massively likeable and doesn't speak a lick of English. "Beautiful! Welcome to Santorini!" Ok, four words. He's precious. I NEED that recipe for Sunshine Cake 🍰! My mouth was watering at the mentions of thick chunks feta cheese🧀 and juicy tomatoes🍅. Yum! Love & Olives is the third girl aboard, coming-of-age story about grief, betrayal, abandonment, mental illness, and love. Thank you Simon Teen for an advanced copy. I adore JEW and her girl abroad stories. 👏🏼🤟🏼 🎶 song: Mykonos by Fleet Foxes 🎶

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    This series has been so much fun to read so far. I am really excited for a Mamma Mia inspired story. The Greece setting also sounds like the perfect backdrop for a YA romance novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cory Marie

    Sometimes the soul needs a book like Love and Olives. Jenna Evans Welch has a way of transporting me to wherever her novels are set. Love and Gelato singlehandedly made me long to travel to Italy, and Love and Olives offered the same sort of longing for Greece. There is such a charming and addictive quality to this book. Earlier this year I read Love and Luck and it kind of let me down, but THIS!!! This one did not let me down. I really feel like the storyline and the romance are completely on p Sometimes the soul needs a book like Love and Olives. Jenna Evans Welch has a way of transporting me to wherever her novels are set. Love and Gelato singlehandedly made me long to travel to Italy, and Love and Olives offered the same sort of longing for Greece. There is such a charming and addictive quality to this book. Earlier this year I read Love and Luck and it kind of let me down, but THIS!!! This one did not let me down. I really feel like the storyline and the romance are completely on par with Love and Gelato- one of my absolute favorite books. One of my bookish dreams is for Jenna Evans Welch to just keep writing contemporaries like this set in like every part of the world. 😂

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    *This review contains spoilers* I loved Love and Gelato... as in my first book boyfriend (for contemporary because genres have genres and I don't want to make it seem like I haven't been a simp for all of my 23 years) was Ren. Love and Luck... was a bit of a disappointment if I'm being honest. I thought that reveal about her secret was kind of dumb and the romance just wasn't there. This was kind of the same issue. Not with the general tension between Olive and her father but with the romance. I *This review contains spoilers* I loved Love and Gelato... as in my first book boyfriend (for contemporary because genres have genres and I don't want to make it seem like I haven't been a simp for all of my 23 years) was Ren. Love and Luck... was a bit of a disappointment if I'm being honest. I thought that reveal about her secret was kind of dumb and the romance just wasn't there. This was kind of the same issue. Not with the general tension between Olive and her father but with the romance. I didn't really feel the connection between Theo and her. That might have also been because of the fact that they're literally bunk buddies in this cute little book nook in Theo's mothers' bookstore. The close quarters meant that I wasn't anticipating when Theo would be around again or how their relationship would progress because they had jumped like 10 whole relationship steps in the span of 5 pages. Also, the chemistry was... non-existent. Again that might have been because of how quickly things moved. And believe me, Theo did make some cute little comments towards Liv. But this guy seemed hella pushy to me. Not in a physical way but in the this-is-my-comfort-bubble-stay-out-of-my-bubble kind of way. He reminded me a lot of some of the film majors in my high school. He CONSTANTLY had a camera on Olive and her father. Which, hey. From an outside perspective that might seem kind of annoying but bearable. Let me give you a little context: Olive gets off a plane ride that's probably like 20ish hours long to meet a father who abandoned her to go pursue his dream of Atlantis. She's sweaty, probably can smell herself, in need of a good sleep, her whole body aches because airplane chairs are the worst and Theo meets her. With his camera. Cool. Whatever. Slightly annoying but we can move past it. Theo takes her to the meetup place where her father has thoughtfully put out a belated birthday spread with all of Olive's favorite things. Olive, tired, smelly, and probably closer to an emotional break than she's ever been in her life, finally sees the father who she's been talking about for the last five chapters, who she kind of lowkey hates and there's Theo...with his camera. Recording her as she begins to bawl her eyes out because she feels like her father is trying to buy her love back. As someone who didn't know their father until I was 13 and who also feels like a troll after any flight... Let me just say that meeting your father for the first time after years of feeling like some moldy bread that they decided to throw out, is probably the closest I've felt to wanted to kill someone else while also wanting to jump into the nearest body of water just so I wouldn't have to face the agony of having a civil conversation. So, yeah. This book might have brought up some childhood trauma. Sue me. The whole camera thing continued too. It was lovely. I settled instead for a heavy sigh, slumping down even further in my chair. "You okay?" Theo asked, looking at me worriedly. "Because it would really be better for the film if you were okay." That's day two of Olive's blossoming relationship. Ah, the romance. But putting aside that mammoth (because I want to be fully transparent that I'm trash and I rarely come for anything besides the romance) I want to say that this book got the majority of my stars from setting and also the familial storyline. It's incredibly hard for outsiders to truly grasp how it feels to reconnect with a parent when you're a teenager. It's like a constant tug-of-war in your head. You want your father/mother to prove you right. You want them to be awful and have no good excuse. But in a weird, angry way you also love them. I think that Welch describes that ping pong of emotions really well. Also, as always, she is amazing at finding places in different countries that everyone should want to go. Her way of describing settings, in particular, is simply awe-inspiring. It makes my little bookish heart ache. The sun dropped slowly, elegantly, like a lady sinking into a curtsy, getting redder and denser as it sank, inch by inch, into the ocean.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5/5 stars Love & Olives is the third book in the young adult contemporary romance series called Love & Gelato by author Jenna Evans Welch. Each of the books in the Love & Gelato series can be read as standalones, and I think they are the perfect books for anyone looking for a cute romance and who is currently experiencing wanderlust. (Which I think is all of us these days!) Love & Olives is the first book in this series that I have had the pleasure of reading, so I can attest to the fact that 4.5/5 stars Love & Olives is the third book in the young adult contemporary romance series called Love & Gelato by author Jenna Evans Welch. Each of the books in the Love & Gelato series can be read as standalones, and I think they are the perfect books for anyone looking for a cute romance and who is currently experiencing wanderlust. (Which I think is all of us these days!) Love & Olives is the first book in this series that I have had the pleasure of reading, so I can attest to the fact that it really does work as a standalone. However; I loved this book so much that I am currently kicking myself for not reading the other books in the Love & Gelato series. I need to grab copies of books 1 and 2 immediately so I can dive into those stories as well! Love & Olives transported me to the beautiful county of Greece. I was super excited to see that this story takes place in Santorini Greece, because that is on my bucket list of places to visit, and though I am not traveling anywhere these days, this book transported me while I was reading it. I could smell the sea breeze and practically taste all of the yummy food that was referenced in the book. I loved Jenna Evans Welch's writing- she made everything come to life while I was reading. This book was fantastic! In Love & Olives, we meet our main character Liv as she travels to Greece to try and reconnect with her father than left when she was little. I loved that her and her dad reconnected over their shared interest in the city of Atlantis, because I also find that to be a fascinating subject, so I was super pumped to see that as such a main feature of the story. Watching Liv experience Greece, dig into Atlantis research, and have a bit of summer romance was all so perfect. There are lots of issues and emotions to be dealt with between Liv and her father, and also things that Liv needs to sort out about herself. I loved seeing her come into her own and decide what type of person she wants to be. It was really satisfying to see her decide that she doesn't want to pretend to be someone she isn't anymore. This is a book that will leave your heart full, give you all kinds of warm fuzzies and put a huge perma-smile on your face. It is equal parts heartwarming for the family aspect of the story as it is for Liv's journey of self-discovery, with a splash of romance. And speaking of romance. I have major swoons going on for Theo. Though he can be a bit full of himself, I thought he was the perfect compliment to Liv. Theo works with her father on his quest to find the lost city of Atlantis, which means lots of time with Liv once she gets there. The romance undercurrent is there, but it felt secondary to the overall development of iv and her father's relationship. I loved all of it! Bottom line: If you are a fan of stories that are full of heart, and that will transport you to a different place for a while, Love & Olives is the perfect book for you to check out. It was a ton of fun, and completely adorable. I loved this book hardcore, and I am super excited to pick up the first two books so I can fall in love all over again!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I really enjoyed this book! I have been a fan of Jenna Evans Welch since the debut of the first book in this series- Love and Gelato 🍧. I adored Love and Gelato. I liked Love and Luck. ( It was set in one of my favorite countries. Ireland 🍀 ) Love and Olives now falls between the middle of those. In the number two spot if I had to rank the books. A huge thank you to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for my advanced copy. What I loved- ✨ The Location- In a present day world with ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I really enjoyed this book! I have been a fan of Jenna Evans Welch since the debut of the first book in this series- Love and Gelato 🍧. I adored Love and Gelato. I liked Love and Luck. ( It was set in one of my favorite countries. Ireland 🍀 ) Love and Olives now falls between the middle of those. In the number two spot if I had to rank the books. A huge thank you to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for my advanced copy. What I loved- ✨ The Location- In a present day world with so many restrictions Jenna Evans Welch takes the reader to Santorini. This book also gave me all the summer vacation vibes. I’m about to sound so old but here it goes . I love YA books set in summertime because it makes me nostalgic for my youth 😂. Summer break and vacations. Being between grades in school especially that summer between 11th and senior year. It was my best. ✨ The Writing- Even though I may not necessarily be the target audience the writing was beautiful and not overly simplistic. Readers of all ages can easily be sucked into Love and Olives as well as the other two books in this series. ✨ Olive, Liv, Indiana Olive, Kalmata - the amazing main character with so many names. I loved Liv. I thought she was so well developed. She was relatable in many ways. I really identified with her. As great as Olive is there is also an amazing cast of side characters. I was impressed with the fact that Jenna Evans Welch spent the time fleshing out Olive’s character and also made time to make sure that the supporting cast of characters was also unique and distinguished. I’ve read books in the past where one or two characters stand out and the rest kind of blend together and that was not the case with this book. ✨ Heavier Subject Matter- this book touches upon anxiety and mental illness. I felt like it was handled well but now that I’m reflecting on what I’ve read it was kind of used as a plot device. It didn’t bother me in the least bit but may be something other readers are sensitive to. ✨ I may or may not have cried- just a bit. Props to the author for making me so connected to the story that I was able to feel such a strong emotion. It’s been a minute since a book has made me cry. Overall - I highly recommend this book. Although it is part of a series you can read it as a stand alone. I really hope this series isn’t over. I’d love a fourth installment. Side note- did not know Jenna Evans Welch was Richard Paul Evans daughter. That’s pretty cool. Always read the acknowledgements and authors notes when finishing a book friends! You may just learn something new ♥️.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristi (taleswithtrix)

    If you read and enjoyed Love & Gelato or Love & Luck, you will not be disappointed by this one! Love & Gelato is still my favorite; however, this one is a close second. Liv, Olive, Kalamata, Indiana Olive (nicknames on point!) heads to Santorini to help her father, who she hasn’t seen since she was 8, with an unknown project, because her mother makes her. She is under the impression that her father left her to find Atlantis; little does she know, she will discover many things on her adventure. Th If you read and enjoyed Love & Gelato or Love & Luck, you will not be disappointed by this one! Love & Gelato is still my favorite; however, this one is a close second. Liv, Olive, Kalamata, Indiana Olive (nicknames on point!) heads to Santorini to help her father, who she hasn’t seen since she was 8, with an unknown project, because her mother makes her. She is under the impression that her father left her to find Atlantis; little does she know, she will discover many things on her adventure. This book is about family, love, truth, and understanding: self discovery, learning your assumptions can mislead you your entire life, and learning to embrace shared passions and family history. It also touches on mental health and shows how every person has their battles, we may not see them from the outside. Things I loved most: Liv’s father left behind 26 things that she kept in a box; each chapter rolls out another item, explained briefly, to really understand the past and their father-daughter relationship, while the present continues in the rest of the chapter. The sense of adventure. Liv, her father, and Theo (her father’s protege) are on the hunt working on the project she goes to Greece for; clues and historical discovery play a large role. Greece itself. This book makes you want to be there. Liv and Theo’s relationship. While Liv has a boyfriend back home (Dax), her and Theo have an undoubted connection that will make your heart smile. Theo also will teach you everything you need to know about olives! Character development in general. There are a good number of characters who you will fall in love with! Other thoughts: Before reading, I was hoping Lina and Addie would both make cameos as they did in the first two books. There wasn’t really a way to incorporate them though into this story. This book is thick at 512 pages. I thought some parts were repetitive towards the beginning and could’ve been written in less words, but in the end everything came full circle and I had tears running down my face. I hope there will be another in this grouping!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Nine years ago, Olive's father left and never looked back. That's when she reinvented herself as Liv. But recently, he reached out, and now Liv was on her way to Greece to help her father in his search for the lost city of Atlantis. Though she was struggling with her feelings about the trip, she hoped for the best. But would she be able to put the past aside and work on rebuilding her relationship with her father? I am very much a fan of this series and was SO excited when I hea Rating: 4.5 Stars Nine years ago, Olive's father left and never looked back. That's when she reinvented herself as Liv. But recently, he reached out, and now Liv was on her way to Greece to help her father in his search for the lost city of Atlantis. Though she was struggling with her feelings about the trip, she hoped for the best. But would she be able to put the past aside and work on rebuilding her relationship with her father? I am very much a fan of this series and was SO excited when I heard there was going to be a third book! Once again, Welch swept me away and took me on an adventure. This, to me, is one of the strengths of this series. I have serious wanderlust, but since I cannot really go anywhere right now, it's a treat to travel via a book. In this installment, Welch took me to Greece. She immersed me in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Santorini, and I enjoyed drinking it all in. It was so inspiring, that I found myself googling images and lusting for Greek food as I read this book. One part of the story involved Liv, her dad, and Theo making a documentary about the search for Atlantis. The hunt for this mythical island was a big part of Liv's childhood and instrumental in bonding her and her father together. It was their "thing", which she had abandoned when he abandoned her. Obviously, there were lots of emotions to deal with here, but there was something that just pulled both Liv and I into this quest. The Atlantis sub-plot was very interesting, and I enjoyed learning about it. The summer was such a turning point for Liv, too. In becoming "Liv", she gave up many parts of herself or kept them hidden. It seemed to me, that she was growing tired of playing that part. This reunion with her father reawakened things inside her, both good and bad, and forced her to reconcile with many issues she had buried. I enjoyed seeing her inner Olive reawakened and was especially moved when she finally tackled her toughest obstacle and confronted her father. This story was like a wave. It built up until it knocked me down. There were serious tears towards the end there, but they were a mix of happy, sad, and relieved tears. As always, I relished traveling with Welch. I had an amazing time exploring Greece with Liv with the bonus of hunting for the legendary Atlantis, basking in all the familial love, and watching a sweet romance blossom. I really hope Welch has more travel plans for us in the future, and you can bet I will be the first to have my bags packed and ready to go. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna Clark

    Continuation of my 2020 road trip listens. So cute, so fun. Maybe a little too long (??), but so enjoyable!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janae

    Olive is heartbroken so she has become Liv. She has created a new life for herself. Liv has great style, enjoys creating art, and has a great boyfriend. She doesn't need the dad who left her when she was eight. How is it that she is now heading to Greece to see her father. The same father that left her for the lost world of Atlantis. Liv dislikes Atlantis and all it stands for. Olive was obsessed with Atlantis. Olive, who goes by Liv, starts to determine that possibly she didn't have the whole s Olive is heartbroken so she has become Liv. She has created a new life for herself. Liv has great style, enjoys creating art, and has a great boyfriend. She doesn't need the dad who left her when she was eight. How is it that she is now heading to Greece to see her father. The same father that left her for the lost world of Atlantis. Liv dislikes Atlantis and all it stands for. Olive was obsessed with Atlantis. Olive, who goes by Liv, starts to determine that possibly she didn't have the whole story, and maybe, just maybe... she can have a life that makes her whole again. I loved this book. It was so good. I have Love & Luck on my shelf and was so happy to be able to devour this one. It was the perfect palate cleanser.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angelina Jenson

    Asafjaksa. That ending. That ending made the whole 500 paged book (which did go a little slow) SO MUCH BETTER. First of all, yes I rated it five stars. Yes, each book that she wrote I gave five stars. No, I promise you they all do not follow a similar plot line. They are so unique and special and asafskfjal. Okay, I am a little biased with this book because, fun fact: I'm Greek. My grandparents are Greek immigrants, I've been to Greece, and I've had the opportunity to experience Greek culture and Asafjaksa. That ending. That ending made the whole 500 paged book (which did go a little slow) SO MUCH BETTER. First of all, yes I rated it five stars. Yes, each book that she wrote I gave five stars. No, I promise you they all do not follow a similar plot line. They are so unique and special and asafskfjal. Okay, I am a little biased with this book because, fun fact: I'm Greek. My grandparents are Greek immigrants, I've been to Greece, and I've had the opportunity to experience Greek culture and food. Though I don't know everything about the Greek culture and how to speak the language, I will say that the author sure did her research and many, many things are SO ACCURATE, it's hilarious. In the book, there's this random Greek guy who asks Olive to guess his name, stating that she basically has a 1/5 chance to guess it right (they pass down names for generations and generations, so lots have the same name). And when she eventually guessed Kostas AND WAS RIGHT, I laughed! 100% accurate. My mom's cousin is named Kostas - no joke. Also, Olive? Funniest narrator of the trilogy BY FAR. I snorted so many times at her comments about Theo...oh my gosh. I can't even explain (it involves giving random internal compliments about his hair, teeth, eyes, cologne, height, and the occasional personality). I definitely have a clear picture of Theo thanks to this wonderful Olive. Hah. Anyways, beside all of the humor and Greek culture, I always end her books with a new insight. For this one: be true to yourself and learn to forgive. Take chances. Take risks. Be a little wild - beachy hair, running around town, falling down from a bedroom to a bookstore (don't ask). I love her books, and though this wasn't my favorite out of the trilogy, I still know that this one deserves a five star...for Theo especially. OPA!

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Clever Reader

    Liv was supposed to be headed off on her senior trip with her boyfriend and best friend but when she receives a postcard in the mail from her absentee father everything changes. The next thing Liv knows she's sitting on a dock in Santorini, Greece waiting for her Atlantis seeking father to show up. Over the next two weeks Liv will not only take in the beauty of Santorini but come to realize there's more to why her father left than she ever knew. With the help of a very good looking boy, the peop Liv was supposed to be headed off on her senior trip with her boyfriend and best friend but when she receives a postcard in the mail from her absentee father everything changes. The next thing Liv knows she's sitting on a dock in Santorini, Greece waiting for her Atlantis seeking father to show up. Over the next two weeks Liv will not only take in the beauty of Santorini but come to realize there's more to why her father left than she ever knew. With the help of a very good looking boy, the people of the village, and the views of Santorini, Liv learns about love, forgiveness, and the importance of following your dreams. I fell in love with Santorini and Liv's story. She was very relatable to me and I enjoyed all her adventures. This story also gave me the urge to look up all the stories around Atlantis and it's relation to Santorini. Maybe I'll go on an Atlantis search myself one day! I'll add it to my travel bucket list! This is probably my favorite of the three Love & Geleto books. Each one takes us on a journey to a new place and this one really hit me hard. I have a strained relationship with my own father and could relate to the plot line. I definitely recommend this to anyone who's loved the other books in this series and are looking for their next YA Contemporary!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    When Olive's dad left their family, 26 things were left behind. Jenna Evans Welch begins each chapter of this book with one of those things. The last one is the most important, so even if this book seems a bit on the long side -- don't give up on it. I do believe this book could have done with a bit more editing, but the overall message is so heartwarming and universal that I decided to give it five sparkly Atlantis stars. Olive believes her dad Nico left to find the lost city of Atlantis. She w When Olive's dad left their family, 26 things were left behind. Jenna Evans Welch begins each chapter of this book with one of those things. The last one is the most important, so even if this book seems a bit on the long side -- don't give up on it. I do believe this book could have done with a bit more editing, but the overall message is so heartwarming and universal that I decided to give it five sparkly Atlantis stars. Olive believes her dad Nico left to find the lost city of Atlantis. She was only 8. Eight years later, before her last year of high school he summons her to Greece to help him and his assistant Theo with their work. They are filming a documentary about the search for Atlantis to submit to National Geographic. All of the clues and sites where they shot footage were so clearly described. I really felt like this book took me to Greece. And the Atlantis bookstore -- what a treasure. Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss+ for a DRC of this clean, wholesome YA romance in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessy♡

    Aw I just adored this, it dealt with topics regarding child/father abandonment, not an easy feat, but I felt the story was executed beautifully. Olive was a tad bit insufferable but she really grows on you. I loved loved the setting of Greece and the history woven into the story. Theo was adorable, he was my favorite character. Idc Atlantis is real to me haha so I loved reading about it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Daniela Soria

    I am ugly crying. I really hope she continues this series. I am a huge fan of her “Love &” series.

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