Love & Luck

Love & Luck

by Jenna Evans Welch


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A New York Times bestseller

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781534401013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Love & Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 27,444
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato, Love & Luck, and Love & Olives. When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two young children. Visit her online at

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Love & Luck

  • Every time a traveler goes to Ireland and doesn’t stop at the Cliffs of Moher, a banshee loses her voice. That’s right, sweet pea, a banshee. We are in Ireland after all. Shrieky ghosts abound. And as your tour guide and now friend, I’m required to tell you that one simply does not go to Ireland and not see the cliffs. They’re nonnegotiable. Required reading. They are the entire point.

    Here’s why. The cliffs are gorgeous. Breath-stealing, really. But not in the soft, endearing way of a sunset or a wobbly new lamb. They’re gorgeous like a storm is gorgeous—one of those raw, tempestuous ones that leave you feeling awed and scared at the same time. Ever been trapped in a car during a particularly brutal thunderstorm? The cliffs are that kind of beautiful. Think drama, rage, and peace all packed up into one stunning package.

    I studied the cliffs for years before I figured out their secret—the thing that takes them from merely scenic to life-altering: they’re beautiful because they contradict themselves. Soft, mossy hills turn to petrifying cliffs. A roiling sea rages against a serene sky. Visitors stand around in a combined state of reverence and exuberance. Before the cliffs I knew that beauty could be delightful and inspiring. After the cliffs I knew that it could also be stark and miserable.

    In fact, the cliffs are an awful lot like a certain heart I know. You know, the one that has managed to contain both splintering joy and shattering sorrow and still remain exquisitely beautiful?

    Not that anyone asked me.

    HEARTACHE HOMEWORK: Let’s unleash a little rage, shall we, pet? I want you to find something to throw. A rock? An annoying pigeon? Now name it. Give it the identity of the thing that is bothering you the most about this situation, and then let it fly. Sometimes a little rage is good for the system. After that, I want you to take a deep breath. And then another. Notice how the breaths just keep coming? Notice how they just take care of themselves?

    —Excerpt from Ireland for the Heartbroken: An Unconventional Guide to the Emerald Isle, third edition

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    Love & Luck (B&N Exclusive Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
    MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
    Addie and her family are in Ireland for her Aunt's wedding. Her mother and three older brothers flew to the island with the intention of Addie and her next oldest brother, Ian, breaking off from the group to visit Addie's best friend Lina (Love & Gelato crossover) in Italy for a few days after the ceremony. The two siblings have been fighting for the majority of the summer over a secret that Addie is keeping from her parents. The pair have an epic brawl at the wedding causing their mother to give them an ultimatum. If either sibling cause any more problems, they are both off of their sports teams. The next morning Addie and Ian are supposed to be catching a flight to Florence when Addie wakes with a start to find Ian gone. Racing to the lobby she catches him just as he is about to get into the car with someone she's never met before. Ian informs her that he never had any intention of coming with her to Italy and that he will meet her in Dublin for their flight home. Knowing that if their mother were to find out they deviated from their plan it would end her soccer career, Addie decides to jump in the car with the two boys. Addie, Ian & Rowan set off on a three day road trip across Ireland and along the way Addie discovers that she isn't the only one in the family who has been keeping secrets. I was really excited about reading "Love & Luck" after "Love & Gelato" made me want to drop everything and head immediately to the airport but sadly this one fell a little flat for me. I would recommend the twin books by Jenna Evans Welch for any adventurous YA readers that are eager to get out and see the world and parents can be relaxed with the very subtle love stories and clean language.
    alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
    Addie's family are in Ireland to attend her aunt's wedding. That means her brothers are included too. And all she wants is to get away and just visit her best friend, Lina in Italy. Nothing's going wrong, right? I fell in love with Love & Gelato. And with all the buzz for this book, I can't help myself but to be excited for it too. Especially knowing that this is Lina's best friend, Addie. And speaking of Addie, I love her character. I love that she's so realistic and relatable. Realistic because she knows that she's not perfect, she knows her shortcomings and she accepts it. Relatable because I have brothers myself. So all the mentioned sibling relationship is on point. I love the flow of story too. Everything they do in the road trip is very creative and it makes my imagination go wild. The book is definitely more about family and self growth than romance. I just kinda thought since 'love' is in the title it's going to be more romance. But I guess we can say it was a very very very slow burn. Or the love for self is what it means. I can go with that. Great story telling, amazing wanderlust for Ireland, and superb character growth.
    Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
    I was super happy to find out that this book was going to be a thing. But then it didn't happen. And I was upset about it. And then I finally got it in my hands. I couldn't be happier about it. And now that I've read it, I still feel the same way. "Dublin is seductive as hell." pg. 8 Ian and Addie have been going through so many different fights all summer. So different from their normal sibling fun. But now they've gone off to Ireland and took their fight with them. Hopefully their time running all over Ireland will help them get back to the relationship they once had. "This is the year that matters. This is my future." pg. 25 I was so glad to be back in Welch's words. And this time it was super cool to be in Ireland. I loved seeing so many different places that they visited. Especially since I'm not sure I'll ever go to Ireland on my own. So many of the places mentioned are big in Ireland and were available to look at on the internet. It was great to visit those sites, even if they are forever away. "courage + time = healed heart." pg. 106 I also loved the characters. They were all different and they all complimented each other in their own special way. From the main characters to the supporting roles, they all played a special part and I loved the way they interacted together. "Heartache came in all sorts and flavors." pg. 171 The only thing I wasn't completely sold on was the actual plot. In places it dragged quite a bit. Which seemed strange because the book itself was only 299 pages. (According to the ARC copy.) I just felt like the mystery about what had happened to her had dragged on and by the time I got to the end of the book I had made my own story up in my head. And of course, mine was so much worse than what had actually happened. "If you want to get through heartache, you're going to have to let your heart, you know, ache. And no matter how many distractions you pile on- cartons of ice cream, shopping binges, marathon naps- you can't outsmart heartache. It has nowhere to be, nothing to do. It will just stand there, buffing its nails, waiting until you're ready. It's a persistent little devil." pg. 180 I (Meaning me personally) was also was missing that romance aspect. In Love and Gelato, Lina finds her love when she doesn't want to, but there is still a whirlwind romance and I loved it. But in this one, there wasn't that much romance at all. I knew where it was going, but this story is mainly about Addie and her growing up. I missed that romance and sweetness that Love and Gelato had.(With a title like Love and Luck, I was just expecting it. I wish I had known that it wouldn't be there so I wouldn't have expected it. However, even though there was an absence of romance, I LOVED the family dynamic that was present. I can attest to the sibling rivalries and the way they helped each other when things happened to each other. It felt like such a real family. "I'd never thought of connection that way- that hatered could be just as bieding as love." pg. 264 I've been waiting on this book for a long time and I'm happy it lived up to most of my expectations. Some things were unexpected, but that's what makes a good book in my opinion.
    BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
    This started off really adorable and then just kind of lost its charm...wait, see what I did there? Made a charm reference on a book that is called love and luck with a four leaf clover on the front? Are you feeling as lame as I am now? ANYWAY, book = started off strong, floundered in the middle, brought back the fun at the end until we hit the epilogue. The pros: Ireland settingggggggggggggggg; some good dynamics between Addie and her siblings; Walt, the cologne loving brother; any all family moments; fun, contemporary moments that were feel good and funny; Rowan; good journeys; empowerment; and a fun road trip. ALSO, THERE WAS AN EPIC PRINCESS BRIDE REFERENCE LIKE 12 PAGES IN, AND I WAS DYINGGGGGGGGG. The cons: While we hit some amazing places in Ireland, we never got any real solid descriptions? Had I not been to a lot of the places, I wouldn't have really felt the beauty and a clear picture in my head. I wanted more Ireland. I wanted more sibling fun. I wanted more family time. I liked the realism of Rowan and Addie and how it didn't feel SUPER SUPER SUPER fast; however, the ending kind of ruined that for me because it felt really forced with them being smushed together for the sake of a happy ending. Also: Addie, Addie, and more Addie. I liked her, but I really had a hard time connecting with her and even rolled my eyes a bit. Also the heartbroken guide moments: I was so bored with them. Also, I wasn't a fan of the whole thing with Cubby. I thought it was an important topic, but I felt like it got really lost in the grand scheme of the novel and wasn't given the proper amount of depth that it needed to really make an impact. I wanted more than surface depth for it. Overall, it had its fun moments with a great setting and a great road trip. It was a good summer read, but I was kind of eh about it. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
    MinaTheFangirl More than 1 year ago
    I don’t read enough books with road trips in it, and I’ve never read any book that takes place in Ireland so when I heard about Love & Luck I was really intrigued. It sounded like such a fun contemporary read in a gorgeous setting so I had to read it ASAP. I had no idea it was a companion novel to another book by Jenna that I’ve had on my TBR for the longest time, Love & Gelato but that didn’t take away from reading this as a standalone. Having read Love & Luck now, I definitely need to read the previous one next! I’ll admit that Addie was a bit annoying in the beginning because of her misplaced anger and quick temper, but once she started changing and working on things later on I really found her endearing. Her fierceness and strong relationships with her family and best friend Lina really made me admire her. And, okay, I’ll admit that I probably found her annoying with her quick temper because I can be the same sometimes. Haha I absolutely adore sibling relationships in books and my favorite in this one definitely had to be Addie’s relationship with her brother Ian. As terrible it was to see two siblings who used to be so close now constantly butting heads and at odds with each other, it was also so amusing to witness. I found myself constantly wishing throughout the book that Ian and Addie would mend their broken siblings relationship, more so than anything else because the little flashback excerpts of what led to Addie’s broken heart and her fallout with Ian really highlighted their closeness. Ian was her other best friend and it was such a shame to see such beautiful sibling camaraderie reduced to short tempers and petty arguments. The entire dynamic in Addie’s family was so fun and always full of energy. It actually made me kind of wish I had a bunch of older brothers, too. There is romance in this book, however, it’s more of a slow pace and takes a backseat to family and friendship, which I actually didn’t really mind. Rowan is such a nice and sweet character and I instantly liked him a lot. I loved how his and Addie’s relationship gradually developed throughout their adventure and that it started from both characters bonding over broken hearts. I had no intentions of ever visiting Ireland, but going through this road trip with these characters has definitely changed my mind. All the places that the guidebook Addie was following mentioned sounded amazing and I’d really love to visit them myself one day now! Speaking of the guidebook, when I first started reading the book I was a little confused because it opened with an excerpt from it instead of immediately jumping into the story but it didn’t take me long to realize why. Certain excerpts from the guidebook helped set up the upcoming events in Addie’s journey in Ireland, and also aided in mending her broken heart. It was really amusing to read the story that way. I wish Rowan sounded more Irish because the way his dialogue was written just made him sound American. I had to keep reminding myself he had an Irish accent and go back and read his dialogue again in the correct accent in my mind, but that just got tiresome really quickly. Love & Luck is a wonderfully fun and light contemporary that highlights familial love and friendship, and takes you on a road trip through gorgeous historical landmarks in Ireland. Now I can’t wait to finally jump into Love & Gelato! I’ve heard lots of good things about it **Original review posted on My Fangirl Chronicles**
    Pebble_Cafe More than 1 year ago
    While I didn't *love* LOVE & LUCK by Jenna Evan Welch as much as I did LOVE & GELATO it was still a very fun read. Road trip + Ireland + a cute boy = um... yes please! Some of the best and funniest scenes, however, didn't even involve said cute boy, but Addie and her brother Ian. The story, after all, opens with them falling off a cliff. Seriously, they were like slapstick comedy in book form. The guidebook excerpts were a nice addition and just as much fun to read as the main story. As fluffy as LOVE & LUCK is, it did have a serious side. Addie, Ian and Rowan each had drama they were dealing with and secrets they were reluctant to share. Still, if you are looking for a quick, fun summer, road tripping read, give it a try!
    sincerelykarenjo More than 1 year ago
    A WONDERFULLY CHARMING AND ENTERTAINING READ! Love and Luck was such an adorable story about self-discovery, family, healing, friendship and love. It’s sweet. It’s funny. It’s so full of heart and a must read you cannot miss! I was totally smitten with Love and Gelato, so I was really excited for this book. Luckily, Jenna Evans Welch managed to incorporate all the things I fell in love with and enjoyed in her debut novel into this charming companion story – breathtaking settings, lovable characters, humor, wonderful relationships, a dash of drama and a hint of romance. The writing was absolutely beautiful, descriptive and so realistic. I felt as if I was part of the story and I enjoyed every moment. Love comes in different forms and there is something so precious about the kind of love between friends and families. I really enjoyed the amazing friendships and family dynamics in this book. The silly arguments, bantering, and heartfelt conversations between the characters, specially Addie and Ian, were positively endearing and made me smile and laugh a few times. I thought the characters were all likable and interesting in their own ways, but Rowan without a doubt stole a piece of my heart. He’s funny, sweet, adorable, a great friend and totally swoon-worthy. Love and Luck was a wonderfully charming and entertaining read. It’s full of heartwarming moments and by the end, I was absolutely tearing up and had all these warm fuzzies. I’m definitely looking forward to whatever adventure Welch is planning next. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thought and opinions are my own.
    storiesandsours More than 1 year ago
    4.5 stars ... Love & Luck was just too cute! This beautiful contemporary was not centered around romance, which made the story much more interesting. There’s travel, self discovery, and learning to trust the support of friends and family. Addie and her family are in Ireland for a wedding. She’s supposed to meet up with Lina (from Love & Gelato), but her plans get derailed. It ends up being a healing and amazing journey for those involved. I loved the positive family relationships in this book. It was refreshing that this book dealt with the aftermath of secret-keeping, and how hard it is to face reality sometimes. Contemporary YA fiction fans are going to love this one. I was fortunate to receive an e-ARC through NetGalley.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    First, thank you to Simon Pulse and NetGalley for allowing me to receive this book early for an honest review. I picked up Love and Gelato two years ago, hoping for a light romance story. However, Jenna Evans Welch had much more in store for her readers. It made me fall in love with her writing style and crave more from her. So when I found out Love & Luck was being written I couldn't wait to read the book. The story follows Addie (Lina's best friend) and her unplanned adventure in Ireland with her brother, Ian and new friend Rowan. The story opens up with Addie trying to guard her secret, while Ian, tries to get her to tell their mother about it. This is the running conflict between the two siblings throughout the novel. I kept wondering, what did Cubby, the source of Addie's heartache, do to her that she's trying so desperately to hide? There's so much I love about this book. The relationship between Addie and Ian, reminds me of my older brother. How Ian knows what makes Addie tick, her knowledge of cars, and their shared inside jokes. When it comes to Addie and Rowan, I can't even begin. The fact that they shared their heartaches with one another and became an unexpected support for each other. Oh, my heart was so happy. That's what I love about Welch's style. She sneaks in the love, letting it grow from a stronger foundation than just instantaneous attraction. I also glad Lina and Ren made an appearance in the story. Lina and Addie are definitely best friend goals. All the characters really made this story such a joy to read. The writing in this book is exceptional as well. It's a fun story that tackles difficult topics, but I couldn't help but smile the entire time I was reading this book. The depth this story brings in the middle of an Irish road trip just makes me applaud the author. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (Also, the guidebook entries...Absolutely brilliant!!) If you're in the mood for a quick read, with amazing characters, great writing that will make you laugh and feel, PICK UP THIS BOOK.
    RamblingReader1 More than 1 year ago
    Addie needs a break. From the moment her brother, Ian, whispers into her ear, her final nerve just SNAPS...hence, the undignified moment where the siblings topple over a cliff, mid-wedding. Jenna Evans Welch's Love & Luck was an endearing story about the sibling bond and rediscovering yourself when heartbreak and hard times have taken you far from who you want to be. Love & Luck follows Addie, and up-and-coming high school junior through the last few weeks of a summer that has TOTALLY gone wrong. She and her third oldest brother, Ian, tell each other everything...or so they both thought. While Addie's secrets threaten to ruin her reputation at school and possibly her brother's future, Ian has been hiding a dream and passion that no one in the family knows about. Unfortunately for both of them, both of their secrets are just not meant to stay that way. Welch's plot was fun and easy-to-follow. After Addie's luck spirals out of her control, she's stuck with her brother (who's a bit ticked at her) and his friend (who she never knew about) road-tripping through Ireland. The narration of their trip trip is filled with funny, sassy entries from a guidebook that Addie fatefully found at their family's hotel. Each entry provides a little education about popular spots in the Emerald Isle as well as "homework" for the broken-hearted. I really liked this little asides, and I could even picture them panning out on the small (or big) screen as little lighthearted cameos in a film version of the novel. Rowan, Ian's mysterious Irish friend with some heartbreak of his own, adorably stumbles through the homework with Addie, neither of them really caring about how silly they might seem in their quest to have a full heart once more. The pacing moves along well, with the adventurers never lingering in one spot for too long. Rowan, Ian, and Addie have an easy chemistry despite the turmoil between the siblings. When they're all in an open, cheery mood, their camaraderie makes you want to jump in the car (soggy seats and all). Addie was an enjoyable character even though she's made some mistakes. I DID groan when I finally found out what her terrible secret was, but, come on...she's supposed to be a high school student. I totally found her secret believable, and my heart went out to her for what she had to deal with. That being said, I was thinking it would be MUCH WORSE than it really was because I felt like it was quite built up. Addie is a funny, caring, and competent person. She's the family mechanic, and she's not afraid to speak her mind. I liked that she held her own against all of the boys, especially since she was the "little sister". For me, Ian felt a little flat compared to Addie. She's really given more of an opportunity to shine than him, but he was interesting enough to keep my attention. What I'd really like is a follow-up novel featuring Rowan. I was interested in his story, but I think his conflicts got swallowed up by the drama between Ian and Addie. I'd totally jump into a sequel where we got to see what happened in his life after his American friends leave him to go back to the States for school. Overall, Love & Luck was a quick and fun read. I had no idea that it was a bit of a follow up to another book, Love & Gelato, so I feel confident saying that other readers could totally pick up Love & Luck as their first Welch experience and not be left behind.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    **I received this ARC from NetGalley and Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review** Love. Love. Love. Love. Love. Did I mention I loved this book? Jenna Evans Welch does not disappoint. I read her first book, Love and Gelato, last summer and I absolutely adored it. So, it didn't surprise me when I devoured Love & Luck. Love & Luck was exactly what I was hoping it would be: a fun, light, happy read. Love & Luck is about Addie's journey to accepting a mistake she made with a boy, getting over her heartbreak, and fixing her relationship with her older brother Ian. The plan: Addie and Ian are supposed to fly to Italy so she can spend time with her best friend, Lina while the rest of her family explores Ireland with her aunt and her wedding party. However, Ian has been keeping a secret of his own because he has no plans of going to Italy, instead he is going on a mini road trip in Ireland with an Irish friend Addie has never heard of before. I fell in love with each and every character in this story: Addie, Ian, Rowan, Archie, and even Walt. I simply adored Addie's whole family. Then, how could I not fall in love with Rowan? He's such a sweetheart. Where can I find one? Jenna Evans Welch continues to do an amazing job in creating relatable, fun characters. The writing in this story is superb just as it was in Love and Gelato. It's a fun story but it still deals with serious topics such as accepting your mistakes no matter how big or small, and accepting yourself for who you are and sharing that version of yourself with others. If you want a fun, sweet, and humorous read, then I definitely recommend Love & Luck