A New York Times bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick
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.
Lila Reyes, 17, had her whole life after graduation planned out stay in her native Miami, take over her family's bakery, get an apartment with her best friend, and keep dating her boyfriend but after "the trifecta," a series of massive losses, she's sent to a medieval town in Hampshire, England, to visit her T a Cate. Lila is determined to return to Miami, but new experiences begin to warm her up to England replacing the head baker on leave at T a Cate's traditional British inn, as well as meeting new friends Remy and Jules, and getting to know Orion, a boy who becomes her unofficial tour guide. Now, exploring England and bringing her beloved Miami into the Cuban food she makes, Lila just might not want to return home so soon. Namey (The Library of Lost Things) shines at characterization and portraying self-discovery ("I can change my life recipe, too"). A heartwarming romance paired with a well-written setting add up to a satisfying read on multiple levels. Ages 12 up.
Felt like home
Finished it in a day. It spoke to so many parts of my life and it felt so nice to have that from a character. Love this book so much. Will probably read again.