Love & Olives (Paperback)

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If I had to describe this book in a few words, I would say Greece, romance, and a touching father-daughter reunion. That should be enough to convince anyone to read this book, but add in an intriguing hunt for Atlantis and you have an irresistible story. Olive Varanakis, who now goes by Liv, has the perfect life. Popularity and a seemingly great boyfriend are almost enough to make her forget about her absent father, but when she receives a mysterious postcard inviting her to stay with him in Santorini, everything changes. This book most definitely exceeded my expectations, and will make you want to travel to Greece immediately!


— From Kirsten's Recs


A New York Times Bestseller

From the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato comes a Mamma Mia!–inspired tale about a teen girl finding romance while trying to connect with her absent father in beautiful Santorini, Greece.

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.

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 & GelatoLove & 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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781534448841
ISBN-10: 1534448845
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 528
Language: English

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