The Gravity of Love Blog Tour | Book Review

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Thanks so much to Lina and Black & White Publishing for letting me be a part of this blog tour!

Title: The Gravity of Love
Author: Noelle Harrison
Published: 24th May 2018
Pages: 396
Genre: Fiction,  

Rating: 4/5 stars
Could Joy have been a different kind of girl, another woman, if her mother hadn't given her up?

"From the arid desert of eighties Arizona to swinging sixties London, Noëlle Harrison connects her beautifully drawn characters and weaves them into a story that entangled, enchanted and entranced this reader."LIZ NUGENT, author of Lying in Wait
"So rich in love, loss, blame, misunderstanding, secrets and betrayals this book has everything."SINÉAD MORIARTY, author of The Good Mother
"From big sky Arizona to an Ireland of 'corners and clouds', Noëlle Harrison leads us on a hypnotic dance across the decades. A vivid, gripping tale of family secrets and lost love."SANDRA IRELAND, author of Beneath the Skin
Arizona, 1989
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.
London, 1967
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.
Ireland, 1989
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. -Goodreads
The first thing that drew my eye about this novel was definitely the bright yet classic looking cover. I covet a coat of this colour, and it definitely influenced my enthusiasm to read the book! The cover is also a perfect piece of design, it perectly encapsulates the vintage feel and mood of the novel. 
This novel, although it seems to be a fairly straight forward romance, has many more levels to it than that. It is grittier, and deals with more issues and is not your average simple romance. 
Harrison has a very eloquent and descriptive writing style, and some of the passages are very moving in their lyricality. Her description of Ireland and the landscape, and the Northern Lights for example are beautiful to read. 
Harrison has also very cleverly split the narrative between a number of time periods and settings. The present day, which in this novel is 1989, and moments in each of the characters' pasts. These flashbacks are very cleverly used to both expand the narrative and develop the characters and the relationships between them. These relationships were all very well developed by the author, none of the romance seemed rushed or unsupported by what had come before in the novel. 
I really loved the character of Joy a lot in this novel. I really emphasised with a lot of how she felt, and I was really rooting for her the whole way through. All the other characters were well developed too, it never felt as if they were there simply to serve a plot point, they all seemed like fully dimensional characters in their own right.  
This novel also really reminded me of one of my favourite movies Leap Year, although not quite as cheesy as the movie is!! 
Overall I really enjoyed this novel a lot, it was a perfect enthralling read at this time of year, and had some beautiful descriptive writing. 

Many thanks again to Black & White Publishing.  

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really good - I hadn't heard about it yet, so I appreciate the heads up!

    Also wanted to remind you that it is summer again....and time for another Big Book Summer Challenge! I hope you will consider joining the fun again!


    2018 Big Book Summer Challenge


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