Love and Gravity by Samantha Sotto
Genre: romance, science fiction, time travel,
Date: February 7, 2017
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A
Andrea Louviere was destined to be a musician. She hears music in everything in her life. Even the tinkle of ice cubes in a glass have a very specific sound for her. She can describe a taste with music. In other words, she lives, breathes, and speaks music. One night when she is playing a song alone in her room, she sees something amazing. A bright light shines through her wall and illuminates a crack that opens to reveal a young boy of similar age. Obviously from another era, the two share only a moment, but it leaves an impact on both of them.
In the 1600’s a young man who is destined to change the entire course of history is sitting at his desk when a bright crack opens up in his wall, revealing a beautiful young girl playing the cello. For Isaac Newton, this moment shapes everything about his future.
Okay okay – who here doesn’t know that I love time travel? I mean seriously if you’ve been following my reviews for any length of time, you know that time travel is SO MY THING. Quantum Leap, Doctor Who, the Time Traveler’s Wife, Outlander – these are my entertainment bread and butter. So when a book came across my desk that was about science, love, and time travel? Yes please!
This is the first book I’ve read from Samantha Sotto and I was highly impressed. The romance was deep, heartfelt and genuine. I ached for Andrea as she tried to sort her feelings over both a real life boy next door and the boy who somehow lived behind her wall. The descriptions were heart wrenching and emotions were raw and real. I felt like I really was part of this story – it definitely hit home for me. The plot moved at a nice pace with some really good twists and turns that I did not see coming. And one of the things I loved the most is that this was anything but predictable. Sometimes when you’re reading a romance (okay – a lot of times when you are reading a romance) you know who will end up with this person or that person and it’s pretty cut and dried. Not even close here. This was a gorgeous book that drew me in, kept me captivated and completely entertained me. I was completely and utterly delighted while I was reading this book. I loved every minute of it. Oh and did I mention that the author is a rabid Doctor Who fan? I mean that’s a slam dunk for realsies in my book. I love wibbly wobbly timey wimey stories and Sotto’s work here is truly of an exceptional caliber.
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