Love and Gravity, Samantha Sotto

Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. 

The Blurb

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.

My Thoughts

This book. 


This book will make your heart melt and hurt and you will love it. 

There’s something quite magical about this story. The plot itself, first, which is original and gripping. The idea of time-travel is not new in literature, yet Samantha Sotto manages to give it a fresh twist by allowing two time periods to meet in the most special and original way. Second, I’ve always loved the inclusion of real-life figures into fiction, and while I don’t know much about Isaac Newton’s life and personality, I think she gave him a life I loved reading.

The characters were totally real to me and realistic, which is a clue of how beautifully written this book is.

Speaking of beautifully written, the magic is there, too. It’s in the words, the carefully crafted sentences, the beautiful descriptions, the raw emotions that translate into the pages. There’s tension, care and so much love and respect of the words, and I could really feel that the author had chosen every word very carefully, which is something I really enjoy and respect in someone.

Words have weight, after all. 

I especially loved the fact that while Andrea gets into this almost-quest to discover more about Isaac and to get closer to him, the reader does, too. You’re going further, forward, faster, just to know what’s going to happen, how, when, why? That’s what a great book is all about.

If you haven’t gathered already, I loved this book, and I highly, highly, recommend it to everyone who loves history, beautifully written stories, love stories, or just books in general. I’m sure everyone can get something from it.



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