In July, I signed up for a Round Robin at Keystroke Blog. There are four bloggers who have signed up to read each other’s favorite books and annotate them with our thoughts.
We had to be able to read any book we received within a few weeks and be willing to read any book in any genre.
This is the first book I received. The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry. It’s the fourth book in The Elements Series, but it’s really a complete standalone.
The story is a romance about reclusive writer Graham Russell and wild-child Lucy Palmer. The two can’t be more different. Graham has closed himself off to the point where he doesn’t feel any emotions, and Lucy feels absolutely everything.
The unlikely pair is drawn together by circumstances and the result is a story that will leave you laughing and crying.
I’m not typically a reader of romance novels, but overall, I found The Gravity of Us to be an enjoyable read.
We start out with two people in very different situations: Lucy caring for her sister who has cancer and who dreams of opening a floral shop, and Graham who is working on his next book, and who’s wife is expecting a baby.
It definitely has an intriguing premise, and I like how all the events snowball together so that the book is really easy to get into. I liked the main characters and there are parts of the book that are genuinely really funny, and at times ridiculous. On the other end, you do have mentions of cancer and other things that go very clearly in the sad column, so in addition to laughter, I spent a lot of time crying my eyes out.
On the other end, you do have mentions of cancer and other things that go very clearly in the sad column, so in addition to laughter, I spent a lot of time crying my eyes out.
I love Lucy. She’s such a light and airy character that at the same time seemed very in touch with what was going on. Yes, she’s got crystals and sage sticks, and all of the other new age paraphernalia you might expect someone like that to have.
I loved Lucy’s relationship with her sister Mari particularly. There was a back and forth to it at the very beginning that drew me in.
While I did enjoy parts of this book, there were certain elements that I had a hard time accepting. For one, I thought that the setup for Graham and his wife Jane felt a little forced, especially after his father’s funeral, when Jane finds him locked out in an alleyway with Lucy.
From this point on, I couldn’t help but notice the venom with which Lyric attacks Lucy throughout the book. I kept wanting an answer for it, and what I ended up getting ultimately sounded really childish. It’s just never quite unpacked enough for my taste, and it really bothers me that her sisters have this perception of Lucy.
It wasn’t just parts of the plot that had me questioning this novel, but some of the prose too. The word “monster” is thrown around a lot and very facetiously. I appreciated the allusions to Graham’s dark past, but I thought for a while that we were going to end up finding bodies in the basement of his house. This could have been combated with a little more careful editing.
In the end, I am not sorry I read this book, I would recommend it to romance readers. It’s a great summer book.