I received a free review copy of The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison and am taking part in the blog tour today.
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.
The Gravity of Love was a really nice read that I enjoyed a lot. There was enough to the plot to keep me guessing and wondering what would happen next. I had wondered if I would find the two different time periods made it hard to follow but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact it was the perfect book for a tired day – it kept my attention and I enjoyed it so much I kept reading after I planned to stop but it wasn’t so complex it took more concentration than I had (I have been struggling with more complex reads for the last week or two).
The different settings were very well drawn. I’ve never been to Arizona and I’ve only been on a blink and you’ll miss it trip to Ireland (one night) but I could picture them very well. I knew a couple of the places mentioned in London so it was nice to see somewhere familiar. But then I realised that it’s not familiar because those sections are set in 1967, many years before I was born let alone visited.
Joy was a character who I really felt for. She’s spent most of her life doing for other people and not doing what she wants. This has left her feeling stuck and influences most of her journey in the book. To me she came across as someone well into their 50s and I was shocked to realise several chapters in that she’s only two or three years older than I am now in the 1987 sections so isn’t even 40. It felt like a good example of what life has done to her and who she is when the book starts.
Currently The Gravity of Love is available for 99p on Kindle. There are far worse things you could spend that money on than this book.