There is something about time travel books that hold a place near and dear to my heart!
I guess it’s because I love the thought of me myself being able to just fall into a new time period. I think it’s romantic and exciting so whenever new books come up with time travel as a theme, I am almost always on board with reviewing them.
I don’t know much about Isaac Newton but I thought this book sounded compelling and I was anxious to review it based on the time travel component.
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 realize that she faces a heartbreaking decision: between what was . . . and what might be.
This book is marketed to fans of THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE and I would agree, it is very similar plot description but I thought this book was uniquely it’s own. I think one of the things I liked best about this book was that it made me think about the mechanics of the story. I found myself wondering how the time travel elements worked in the story and the author did such a fantastic job explaining things and helping the reader navigate the story all around. The time travel elements were a huge complex part of the story and I absolutely loved that aspect!
I also loved the two character perspectives. Andrea and Isaac were well drawn and constructed and I couldn’t help but fell in love with their love story. I knew right away that I could relate to Andrea and I loved how their story unfolded. Isaac was charming and a great romantic male figure. I really really adored them as a couple and felt that their relationship was memorable and one that other readers will feel stands out in literature.
The only thing that I wasn’t really a fan of was the cover. I liked the violin and the writing on the cover but the couple on the cover just didn’t do anything for me. If I had seen this book in the store, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. I think the single violin and writing in the background on a navy cover would have been more eye catching and held a kind of mysteriousness for the book. Something about the cover just wasn’t working for me.
Overall I really loved this book and felt like it was a quick, absorbing read. And by quick I mean I could have read it in one sitting! It was catching right from the start and if I had had the time I would have read it in one sitting, but I was glad that I could stretch it out a little longer so I could truly enjoy each page. If you like time travel romance novels, this book will not disappoint and I would highly recommend it!
Book: Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto
Kindle EditionExpected publication: February 7th 2017 by Ballantine Books
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Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5
Genre: Romance, time travel, historical fiction
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