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 am so glad I finally read Jenna Evans Welch’s books in 2020. They are all so good, but Love & Olives might just be my favorite of the Love & Gelato series. Like Jenna’s previous novels, Love & Olives has a gorgeous setting, a complicated family relationship in need of mending, and a swoonworthy love interest.
When Liv was eight, her father abandoned their family to search for Atlantis—leaving Liv shattered in the process. It’s now the summer before her senior year of high school when she receives a postcard from her father inviting her to Greece, the last thing she wants to do. When she arrives in Santorini, she discovers her father and a cute filmmaker named Theo are working on a documentary about Atlantis for National Geographic and that they need her help.
As Liv interacts with her father for the first time in years, she’s even more hurt and confused by why he left. But slowly they begin to reconcile as she finds out the answers to the questions she’s been desperately asking for years. I absolutely loved Liv and her character development as she learns to embrace her past. Her complicated relationship with her father is so well-written—I even teared up at the end. Interlacing their relationship with the legend of Atlantis was interesting and intriguing. And I can’t forget to mention sweet and adventurous Theo, who was Liv’s perfect guide in Santorini. Love & Olives is a must-read for fans of Morgan Matson and Stephanie Perkins!