Book Aesthetics

Weekend Aesthetic {42}

October 25, 2020

The Weekend Aesthetic is a feature where I post book aesthetics on the weekend. They might be of a book I’m currently reading, recently read, or read a long time ago.

I loved reading Love & Gelato, so I was excited to read Jenna Evans Welch’s follow-up novel, Luck & Luck, and I think I enjoyed it even more than I did the first! While there is a tiny romantic subplot, this story is firmly about two siblings—their love, friendship, and coming back together after hurt. Addie messed up big time right before her trip to Ireland. And now not only is she heartbroken, her once close relationship with her brother is ruined. The novel literally starts with her and her brother Ian in a fistfight at the Cliffs of Moher in the middle of their aunt’s wedding. After that, they must be on their best behaviors or face consequences when they return home.

As her family leaves to tour the rest of the country, Addie and Ian are supposed to head to Italy to meet up with Addie’s best friend (the main character from Love & Gelato). But suddenly Ian’s picked up by a Irish friend for a road trip to see their favorite band perform for the last time. Addie is forced to tag along when she tries to stop them and misses her flight. As the siblings travel in a too small car, their many secrets come to the surface and they work on mending their relationship. I loved this focus as sibling relationships can be hard and complicated but also so close and rewarding. The backdrop was lovely and now I want to take a road trip through Ireland (and of course stop at all the place they did). While this isn’t a rom-com, there were still totally Leap Year vibes to it, so fans of that movie will definitely enjoy this novel.


Release Date: May 8, 2018
Find it: Goodreads, BookshopBarnes & Noble, IndieBound, Amazon

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Love & Gelato comes a heartwarming tale of a road trip through Ireland filled with love, adventure, and the true meaning behind the word family.

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

 

Do you have any siblings? What are your favorite bookish siblings?

2 Comments

  • Reply Kate October 26, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    This sounds good! I love the siblings in I Capture the Castle

  • Reply I'm All Booked Up October 26, 2020 at 5:50 PM

    We loved Jenna Evans Welch’s books! We were lucky to receive an ARC of Love & Olives and it’s amazing. It comes out next month.

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