Late one for me tonight, apologies! I wish my reasoning was that I was sunbathing in the 23 degree heat and lost track of the time. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and I have had a fall. However, I am here now and I am so excited to be sharing my review of Noelle Harrison’s ‘The Gravity of Love’. Big thank you to BWPublishing for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but dreams too of the sea’s elemental wildness. Now, riven by terrible secrets, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her identity and to discover why the sea pulls at her heart.
Lewis Bell, a young graphic designer, is aiming for the big time if only he can keep his creative spark. But, as his talented girlfriend Marnie adds her own pressures, sixties Soho fast shows its darker side.
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, themselves and others. But the truths they encounter will transform everyone’s lives forever.
Bold, intimate and joyful. This glorious novel tells an unforgettable story of love’s true gravity.
What does TWG think?
In the past I have been compared to an ice queen, whilst dubbing myself as the ‘most unromantic person on the planet’. After reading ‘The Gravity of Love’ however, I am not too sure whether I am 100% committed to my long standing nickname, and I’ll tell you why.
Set over two different timelines, featuring two different main characters, ‘The Gravity of Love’ had something special about it from the get go.
Joy Sheldon is struggling to live up to her name and isn’t quite finding the ‘joy’ in her life, especially after the passing of a well loved family member. For years, Joy has always seen herself as an outcast and, thanks to the passing of the family member, Joy’s life got turned upside down by just three words. According to Joy’s mother and husband, those three words mean diddly squat, but to Joy, those three words have unknowingly become the key to the truth about her life. Does Joy listen to her heart and search for the truth? Or should she just take the easy way out because her mother and husband disapprove?
The other main character is a gentleman called Lewis Bell. Most of his ‘getting to know him’ chapters are set in the swinging sixties where he is struggling to choose between becoming a famous graphic designer, and actually doing the right thing by someone close to him. From an outsiders point of view, it’s far too easy for us readers to make that decision when, as it later becomes clear, there is more to Lewis’ life that meets the eye, and it’s threatening to break his heart in two, all over again.
We are nearing the end of May and, with 163 books read so far this year, I am spoilt for choice in regards to my favourite book of the year so far. Well, I thought I was. This story captivated me almost straight away with its simplistic tales of love, and its complex tales of family heartache mixed in with the uncertainty of grabbing life, and the ‘what ifs’ that go along with it. Never have I ever, until now, finished a book and sat hugging it to my chest because I didn’t want the spell to break as soon as I put the book down. But, due to Noelle Harrison’s enchanting and mesmerising story telling, I just could not help myself, feeling devastated that Joy and Lewis’ story had come to an end.
The way the two characters stories collided multiple times throughout the book, was simply outstanding and took my breath away. I always thought fate to be a load of tosh, but Lewis and Joy made me believe that fate was real, that true love is worth waiting for, and that the best things in life appear when you least expect it. Simplistic yet life changing – ‘The Gravity of Love’ is just that.
Reading ‘The Gravity of Love’ made me feel as though my body was being re-engerised, creating an image which was not only surreal, it was the most beautiful thing my mind has ever captured. Noelle Harrison told a story to my soul and my heart, a story which blew me away to the most special place I could ever imagine going.
‘The Gravity of Love’ is, hand on heart, my most favourite book of 2018, and probably my most favourite book of all time. I wish I could bottle the feelings I revealed whilst reading this book, yet I don’t think anyone could ever afford the price of them. This book is such an incredible, life affirming and heart-wrenching novel which made me feel, after 28 years of life on this planet, that I finally deserve to be here. I urge you all to get a copy of Noelle Harrison’s thought-provoking and ornamental read – you will NOT be disappointed.