Title: Love and Gravity (review copy)
Author: Samantha Sotto
Genre/Themes: Romantic Drama, Paranormal, Time Travel
Blurb from Goodreads
In this unforgettable novel for fans of One Day and The Time Traveler’s Wife, a young Isaac Newton falls in love with a girl living in modern-day San Francisco, defying the laws of physics to forge a seemingly impossible connection.
Andrea Louviere is seven years old the first time he appears. While she’s alone in her bedroom, practicing her beloved cello, the light shivers and a crack forms in the wall. Through the crack, she sees a candle, a window, a desk—and a boy. Though no sound travels through the wall, the boy clearly sees Andrea, too. And then, just as quickly as it opened, the crack closes, and he vanishes.
Over the years, summoning the bright, magnetic boy becomes something of an obsession for Andrea. Then, on her seventeenth birthday, she receives a three-hundred-year-old love letter from Isaac Newton. Andrea knows that Isaac will change the world with his groundbreaking discoveries; the letter tells Andrea that she will change him.
As Isaac’s letters intensify in passion and intimacy, Andrea grows determined to follow his clues to their shared destiny—despite a burgeoning romance in the present. Only when she discovers the way into Isaac’s time does Andrea realise that she faces a heartbreaking decision: between what was . . . and what might be.
- What is great love?
- Is it a thunderous storm in your heart?
- Or a gentle whisper to soothe your soul?
- How much love is one heart capable of?
I don’t have the answers to these questions but this book goes a long way to shining a light on the possibilities of love; of opening your heart and believing in the endlessness of love.
If you can let yourself believe for an instant that it could be possible to fall in love across the centuries, to fall in love through moments and through letters, then this book is for you.
Love and Gravity follows the story of modern day Andrea, a girl who loves music, and a boy from history…. A young Sir Isaac Newton. A boy of maths and science.
This is the ultimate tale of love against the odds. Of rigidity of fact meeting the fluidity of soul. Music and maths are forever intermingled. As intermingled as the paths of these two characters who fall in love despite the perceived barriers of time.
I loved everything about this book.
I loved the writing and the exquisitely flawed characters.
I loved the heart of this story; its beauty and innocence all muddled up with confusion and despair.
At times my heart soared as high as a kite reading this and then at times it was crushed and smashed so ruthlessly. I swooned. I giggled. And then I cried rivers. It was everything I could have wanted from a romantic read.
I rooted for Isaac and Andrea to be together and yet I was conflicted. I loved them both as characters but they were also utterly human, and therefore, fatally flawed which just added greater poignancy to the story.
Their connection was a law, greater than any Isaac had ever authored, unbreakable, timeless, and absolute.
It had bound their hearts just as gravity married the earth to the moon.
This book gave me ALL the feels that I could ever want from a story and has made me want to seek out more of this author’s work.
Love and Gravity truly touched my soul and it is a book that I would recommend to any reader who loves a good romantic, bittersweet story with a touch of magic.
I discovered this playlist on Spotify created especially for the book by the publishers after reading the book and with the opening strains of The Butterfly Lovers ringing in my ears I knew that my heart was forever with this book and these characters and that I could not award this less than my highest rating.
This romantic story is beautiful, enchanting and timeless. And I highly recommend it to fans of gorgeously romantic drama.
*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*