The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison
- Family Life
In love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence …
Scottsville, Arizona, 1989
In small-town America, Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but longs too for the sea’s elemental wildness. It’s a dream never realised – and now, facing the brutal truth that her husband is a cheat, Joy learns of unimaginable secrets in her early life. Riven by betrayal and loss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Lewis, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her true identity – and to discover why the sea pulls so strongly at her heart.
Soho, London, 1967
Lewis Bell, abandoned by his mother and responsible for his wayward sister, is now living the dream. An ambitious young graphic designer, he’s aiming for the big time – if only he can keep his creative spark. His talented girlfriend Marnie adds pressures of her own and, as Lewis’s troubles intensify, sixties London fast shows its darker side.
Ballycastle, Ireland, Easter, 1989
Unexpectedly drawn together, Joy and Lewis fly across the Atlantic to the Irish coast. She’s in search of a lost mother; he’s looking for a lost love. They need to make peace with the past, with themselves and others. But the truths they encounter and connections they create will transform everyone’s lives forever.
Bold, intimate and joyful, this glorious novel deftly interweaves decades, continents and lives to tell a story of the irresistible gravity of love.
| Review |
I know the old adage says to never judge a book by its cover but in the case of The Gravity of Love we can. It has a vintage, classy distinctive feel which mirrors the book perfectly.
The book focuses on Lewis and Joy, two souls who are lost in their own life’s. Lewis’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of a postcard in his mailbox. With Joy, we go on a journey with her to discover her own worth and is all that it seems in her life?
The book flip-flops back and forth giving us the present day dilemma and then the solution in the flashback chapters. I was confused at the start of the book as to who was who and it was my own fault for trying to play reader detective and work out the story. It hindered my start of the journey with the book but that isn’t a reflection of the book it was my need to know. Once I relaxed into Noelle’s writing style I really enjoyed my journey and submerged fully into the atmospheric scenes that soak you in and linger long after you turn to the next page.
There is a thread of music throughout the book. With nods to song lyrics which I thought was really beautiful and at one point when they played a tape in the car, I went and put it on as I read and it was a pretty awesome experience.
The Gravity of Love is jam-packed with life lessons for us all. Secrets and lies are really what is at its very core. The horrendous and painful consequences that they can have at the time and years later.
I highly recommend Noelle Harrisons, The Gravity of Love. It is an emotional journey start to finish and one you won’t want to miss.
~ The darkest light is just before dawn ~
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Black & White Publishing
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