About the book
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.
About the author
Noelle Harrison is the Irish author of Beatrice, A Small Part of Me, I Remember, The Adulteress & The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar. Her Valentina trilogy was published under the pen name Evie Blake. She has been translated into over 13 different languages, as well as featuring on Der Speigel’s Bestseller List. Noelle was one of 56 Irish writers included in the National Gallery of Ireland anthology and exhibition Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art. Now living in Edinburgh, Noelle divides her time between writing fiction, and on art and travel, as well as pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University.
The Gravity of love is a stunningly well-written novel about love in all its forms. Harrison takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The book is funny at times, sad, honest and hopeful. I don’t normally like romance novels and I think that’s because I lot of them don’t feel real but this novel does. Once I started to read it I just couldn’t put it down, it’s extremely clever and I love the fact that it’s set over two different time periods which are woven together. Harrison does a fantastic job of evoking place. She captures a dusty Arizona, London and rainy Ireland.
The gravity of Love is one of those books that stays with you long after you finish it. I highly recommend it. Its definitely the best book I’ve read this year. I didn’t want it to end but even then Harrison does a wonderful job. I was hooked from the start and wanted to know what would happen to every character and I think that’s hard to achieve. I look forward to reading more from Harrison in the future.