I read Laura’s debut, The Library of Lost Things, earlier this year and was impressed with her characters and her writing. When her new book was announced, I knew I’d be reading it.
Then the COVER! The COMP to Don’t Date Rosa Santos! I mean! How much more do y’all need for me to want to read this! 😭🥰
A tea lover to the core, I can’t wait to see what sort of related knowledge we see in the book because if I know anything about Laura from her previous book, it’s that she’ll do her topic justice. Combined with MC Lila’s baking and there is no way I’ll be walking away from this book without snacking at least a couple of times. 😂
Published: 6 October 2020
Genre(s): Contemporary/Young Adult/Romance
Love & Gelato meets Don’t Date Rosa Santos in this charming, heartfelt story following a Miami girl who unexpectedly finds love—and herself—in a small English town.
For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything—including Lila herself—fell apart.
Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.
A teashop clerk with troubles of his own, Orion is determined to help Lila out of her funk, and appoints himself as her personal tour guide. From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.