Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch (ARC)

Another review? Y’all are getting spoiled….

Image features Love & Olives book surrounded by flowers of complimentary colors (purple, white, burnt orange) with 3 plaster macaroons nestled into flowers. Macaroons are mint green, pale yellow, and off-white. Entire photograph is staged in an open face wicker basket , similar to what one would perhaps gather fresh flowers in.
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SYNOPSIS (pulled straight from Goodreads): Liv Varanakis doesn’t have a lot of fond memories of her father, which makes sense—he fled to Greece when she was only eight. What Liv does remember, though, is their shared love for Greek myths and the lost city of Atlantis. So when Liv suddenly receives a postcard from her father explaining that National Geographic is funding a documentary about his theories on Atlantis—and will she fly out to Greece and help?—Liv jumps at the opportunity. But when she arrives to gorgeous Santorini, things are a little…awkward. There are so many questions, so many emotions that flood to the surface after seeing her father for the first time in years. And yet Liv doesn’t want their past to get in the way of a possible reconciliation. She also definitely doesn’t want Theo—her father’s charismatic so-called “protégé”—to witness her struggle. And that means diving into all that Santorini has to offer—the beautiful sunsets, the turquoise water, the hidden caves, and the delicious cuisine. But not everything on the Greek island is as perfect as it seems. Because as Liv slowly begins to discover, her father may not have invited her to Greece for Atlantis, but for something much more important.


I have never read anything by this author, but I’m definitely a fan now! Love & Olives is a sweet, romantic romp through the Grecian countryside on a journey of self-discovery and reconnection. Olive (Liv) is a 17 year old girl trying to figure out where she wants to go to college: should she go to Stanford with her boyfriend Dax, or follow her dreams and go to the Rhode Island School of Design to pursue her art when she receives a letter from her estranged father…he’s found the lost city of Atlantis and he wants her to come to Greece and discover it with him.

Olives is a very cute story about family and the lengths one goes to to find their own personal happiness. There’s terminal illnesses, a boyfriend who is a bit pushy, a girlfriend who isn’t pushy enough, a brother who wants to be a ninja and a stranger who may be something more.

I really enjoyed this book! There are some amazing visuals and the setting of Santorini just makes it that much more beautiful. I liked the authors use of descriptions or Liv’s anxiety/PTSD about being underwater. Truly a great read!


I am very thankful to have received an ARC of this book from Simon Pulse, via Kathleen Carter Communications, a promotional service for authors and their books, in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this Advanced Copy has in no way impacted my opinion of this work.


Love & Olives is the third book in Jenna Evans Welch’s Love and… series. Olives was released on November 10th by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster. You can read more about what Jenna is up to and see her other works on Instagram at jennaevanswelch or at her website jennaevanswelch.com.

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