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** My thanks to Lina at Black and White Publishing for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **

 

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The Gravity of Love is a moving and poignant read that explores topics such as love, family and loss through exceptionally vivid writing.

Noëlle Harrison paints a wonderfully rich picture with words that brings each of the settings to life from the pages.  The two main characters, Joy and Lewis meet in Arizona and there’s a connection there that neither of them fully understands but a friendship of sorts forms.  Both of these characters has a yearning for a life much different from the one they are living, Joy feeling the call of the ocean and bereft following the death of her father.  The unearthing of secrets shakes the foundations that her life has been built upon and drives her to contemplate the path her life has taken and who she really is. 

Lewis on the other hand, misses the life he once had in London.  Through a series of recollections of the 1960s and before, the reader begins to see that there is so much to this character, his childhood, his family, it all added up to shape the person he became.  His tale is one that gives the reader pause for thought, the actions taken and the decisions, whether right or wrong propelling him towards a path that ultimately leads him to the deserts of Arizona.

The way that the characters develop throughout the novel is endearing to watch, seeing Joy gradually becoming aware of the life she wants, and making the decisions to follow what’s in her heart instead of doing what’s expected of her.  Lewis faces up to the the decisions of his past, realising that he needs to atone and find answers.

Weaving together the different stories and separate timelines so expertly makes this such a special and intriguing read, there were points that I wanted to cry out in frustration for the characters, their lives feeling so real to me.  There were points of the plot that dawned on me and made me realise that I perhaps judged a character too harshly or perhaps not harshly enough!

A wonderful book with a tale that reaches out to the hearts of its readers.

You can buy a copy of The Gravity of Love via:

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