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― Archibald MacLeish

Friday, June 16, 2017

Why "Love and Gravity" Is A Must Read Book For Summer 2017

From the author of "Before Ever After" comes a new novel "Love and Gravity" .
Music. Magic. Science. History. Time. And a love that rewrites everything you thought was true.
Barnes and Noble Customer Review

By Jarina
Love and Gravity is the second novel by Filipino author Samantha Sotto. This story intertwines the stories of Andrea Louviere and Isaac Newton. Andrea is of the twentieth century, Isaac is of the seventeenth century but their young unhappy lives become meshed when she is only 7, he is 9. Andrea is a cellist prodigy playing music that seems out of this world. In fact, the resonance of her music has created a split in time and space such that Andrea and Isaac find each other when both need a friend.

At about the same time, Andrea makes another friend in her own dimension and her own time. Nate is the new boy in class having come to live with his grandmother. He keeps very much to himself until a lunchtime incident that seals their friendship. Throughout the story Andrea is torn by her feelings for each fellow.

In a beautifully told story the characters come alive in a way that makes even the most unusual aspect of this story seem perfectly plausible. The depth of Ms. Sotto's research and her understanding of Isaac Newton and his scientific discovery flavors the story and makes everything seem true. She brings into play his work with optics, light, and gravity as well as resonance and acoustics and spins the tale in such a way that the reader can absolutely understand how a rift in time occurred and the interaction from two different times. Did that interaction help form the genius of Newton and were his many gains during his Annus Mirabilis - his marvelous year, the result of this interaction? This story will make you think in this direction.

I found this book to be absolutely enchanting, perhaps the story that has captured me more than any other. I read late into the night coping with the internal struggle of wanting to know what happens next with that of never wanting the story to end. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and encourage reading it, you won't be sorry.

Love and Gravity touches on love, destiny, and the space-time continuum. It's an intriguing love story between Isaac Newton, the 17th-century scientist, and a modern-day woman from San Francisco.

Andrea Louviere is a 7-year-old cello prodigy when she first sees Isaac. While she is playing her own composition in her room, a light glows and a crack appears in the wall. Through it, she sees a boy in another bedroom. They stare at each other in shock, then wave as the crack slowly closes.

Andrea tries to recreate the song she played as well as she can and make the crack appear again, but nothing happens until two years later. To her dismay, her beloved father has remarried, and his wife later delivers a premature baby girl who does not live long. In her room, Andrea pours out her grief (and guilt) on her cello. She finds herself playing the old melody, and white light flashes once again as a crack opens in the wall.

The boy is older now. He runs to the crack and speaks, but Andrea can hear nothing. The crack closes, and she frantically plays the song over and over, bringing her father in to complain. She tries to tell him about the boy, which just earns her visits with a psychiatrist.

The crack and the boy become obsessions with Andrea. They don't reappear until a few years later, unfortunately during an important concert. At the height of her performance, she sees the light and crack appear in her sheet music. She can glimpse the boy, now a young man, holding up a note: "Name?" As the crack closes she screams out her name in front of the shocked audience.

An elderly Englishman, Oscar Ian Westin, knocks on her door one day and delivers to Andrea, now 17, a yellowed letter sealed with red wax. When she opens it, the first page is the same "Name?" note. The other page says it was from the boy behind the wall, Isaac Newton, and that the time has come to explain everything and how they will come to love each other.

Love and Gravity (available only as an ebook in the United States) asks: What if Isaac Newton's achievements in mathematics and physics were spurred by love, by his desperate search to find a way through the barriers of time and space so that he and Andrea could be united? It's a fascinating concept and a poignant love story.

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5.0 out of 5 stars: 
The Music, The Adventure, and The Infinite Tenderness...
By Autumn 

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Andrea Louviere was destined to play the cello. Her father, a celebrated concert cellist, made sure of that. He taught her how focus her exceptional talent and about just how much power that music really has.

Even he couldn’t have imagined just how true his lesson would prove to be.

One day while practicing, her music opens a crack in her wall to reveal a beautiful boy with a smile that she can never forget. And so begins her desperate search for a way to see him again.

A mysterious man suddenly appears on her doorstep carrying letters from the boy beyond the wall. In his words, she finds strength to overcome her fears and a love that dares to transcend time.

Isaac Newton was historically known for being a loner. He never married and never committed to anything – other than science. But what history doesn’t know is that his heart belonged to a girl that he could never really have. The brief glimpses that he had of Andrea kept him going through a lifetime of solitude and sadness.

He would find a way to cross all barriers to tell her what was in his heart and maybe that would be enough to hold on to when even reason failed him.

But laws and hearts are meant to be broken and it’s a price that he will gladly pay for the beautiful girl made of magic and music.

I expected a sweet and simple love story when I began to read Love and Gravity. And what I experienced was something far different. Samantha has created a wildly passionate tale filled with such longing and heartbreak that I couldn’t hold back the tears. She blended the new and the old with poetic precision and I was completely swept away by the music, the adventure and the infinite tenderness. It’s a feeling that I know I won’t forget for a very long time…
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful time travel book!
By KDuncan on May 26, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
AMAZING book! Love and Gravity is a good mix of The Time Traveler's Wife and Outlander. I have to admit when I received this in my book box and read the back cover I was a little leery. I have no interest in cello music or Isaac Newton but the author does such a great job at bringing it all together that it works beautifully and I couldn't put it down! I especially love the ending and the little twist that I wasn't expecting! There are definitely some sad parts but it is worth the read!
Samantha Sotto is back with a new book, Love and Gravity. Revolving around the unlikely romance between Andrea Louviere and Isaac Newton (yes, THAT Isaac Newton). Here are some of the reviews of this new romantic novel:
From Goodreads:
“The author did a very good job to get time travel aspect to work. It doesn’t always work in books if it is not thought through or explained well but it was very well done in Love and Gravity. I loved how all the mysteries and elements… came together neatly in the end to make the story believable. The author cleverly weaved music, laws of physics and mathematics to create an interesting and a unique take on time travel.” – Milena, 4 out of 5 stars
“ Samantha Sotto did a fantastic job not only constructing this beautiful story, but giving two perspectives. I really love the unique angle she brings to life between the two characters. To understand, you’ll just have to experience the story yourself.” – Julianne, 5 out of 5 stars
“I enjoyed this strange, sweet novel about star-crossed lovers separated by circumstance and time… This time traveling love story was reminiscent of all the other time traveling love stories I’ve enjoyed over the years. But to me, that’s a good thing. Thoroughly enjoyed it.” – Heidi, 4 out of 5 stars
Harlequin Junkie
“Author Samantha Sotto certainly gave us readers an original, almost fanciful story that was filled to the brim with real and very raw emotions. And I think that’s what grounded Andrea and Isaac’s fantastical tale was that Sotto didn’t hold back on the awkward moments, the loss and grief they each suffered, or the glimpses of joy they shared. Everything was basically broken down into actions, consequences, and the resulting emotions.”
Just Me
“I have never before used the term “Tour De Force” in reference to anything before however I really feel like its the only statement that can properly fit how I feel about this book, it grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go I was holding my breathe without even realizing it for the last few pages. Overall I personally rate this book an 8/10.”