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.