Monday, October 24, 2016

Lessons in Gravity - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

 
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Review by Suze
 
April has found a dream internship. She'll film climbers on the Sorcerer Spire in Yosemite. This means she has to camp for several months. April is not used to sleeping in a tent and not having a good shower whenever she wants. She's nervous at first, but she soon discovers that climbing can be fun and this is a big step in the right direction for her career. Josh is one of the climbers April has to interview. He's daring and reckless and he wants to climb the mountain without a rope, which is the finale they're all working towards.
 
April's father was killed in a plane crash and April watched it happen. Ever since she'd been determined never to love a man who risks his life on a daily basis. She can't help but falling for Josh though. There's another problem, she isn't allowed to date him. It's in her contract and April can get fired if she does. There are so many risks and dangers, but Josh's attractiveness and charm keep drawing her in. Is April ready to close her eyes and take that leap to do what she wants the most or will she play it safe forever?
 
Lessons in Gravity is a wonderful romantic story. I immediately loved April. She's been through a lot, but she doesn't let anything knock her down and she fights for her future. She's on her way to be a successful documentary maker and she's using all of her talents and skills to get there. I loved to read about her work and the way she approaches Josh is sweet and caring. Josh is vulnerable. He's a kind and soulful guy, but initially he's inflexible and stiff to deal with. He's endearing and I loved the way Megan Westfield describes the incredible attraction between her main characters. She intertwines it with a deep emotional connection, which is a beautiful combination.
 
I loved that Megan Westfield has written a story about climbing. She perfectly phrases the suspense, the nerves, the exhilarating feeling the success brings, the camaraderie and the seriousness of the work everybody's doing. I loved learning from Lessons in Gravity and enjoyed every sentence about rock climbing. The fabulous love story makes the experience complete and definitely worthwhile. I loved the wide range of emotions Megan Westfield manages to capture. The setting is fantastic as well and I liked the way it's being combined with the behind the scenes information of the documentary and the achievements of the climbers. I admired how each movement has purpose. Lessons in Gravity is a meaningful and breathtaking story.
 
 
 
About Megan Westfield
 
 
Megan Westfield has dabbled in many hobbies and pastimes over the years, ranging from playing the cello to cake decorating (i.e., icing-eating) to a dozen different outdoor adventure sports. Eventually, she discovered the only way to do it all was though writing—her first and strongest passion. She writes new adult fiction because she loves exploring the powerful and formative years between high school and the quarter-life crisis. As a reader, her favorite books are those with a truly unique, real-world setting, and, of course, a love story.

Megan grew up in Washington state, attended college in Oregon, and lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego where she and her husband count family beach time with their two young kids as an adventure sport. Megan was formerly the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Southern California and is represented by Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Priest Literary Agency.
 
 

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Excerpt
 
She had to make a move. And soon.
She breathed calmness into her jackhammering foot and then hooked the toe of her shoe across a
gumball. Pressing her thigh into the wall, she put her weight on the gumball and stood.
Suddenly, the handhold was in reach. She lunged for it. It wasn’t a good hold. Her hand was
slipping off it. She threw her foot over to a higher gumball, and before she knew it, her foot was
on a solid ledge and her hands gripped a nice, deep pocket.
Down below, Danny, Madigan, Theo, and Ernesto were cheering. She glowed with her
accomplishment. She rocketed up the final section of the route and then sat back in her harness
and Madigan lowered her down. She’d done it! There were high fives and cheers all around
when she reached the ground.
The knot through the front of her harness had tightened in on itself from being lowered.
Her fingers shook with fatigue, and she couldn’t get it to budge. Madigan helped her loosen it.
“Take a rest, and then I’ll teach you how to belay.”
The rock-climbing shoes were pinching like lobster claws, and she couldn’t wait to get
them off. She grabbed her running shoes from the base of the cliff and started toward the rock
pile to put them on.
And there was Josh, sitting on top of the pile. She continued toward the rocks like it was
no big deal. Had he been there the entire time?
He grinned and gave her a high five. She couldn’t help grinning back.
“Hollywood, huh?” he said. “That’s your nickname?”
“Not by choice.”
“I thought you went to UCLA.”
“Yeah. The two are totally different things. Theo likes to pretend he doesn’t know that.”
She pried the climbing shoes off her hot and clammy feet. Worried they smelled, she hurried to
get her running shoes back on.
“How’d you like climbing?” Josh asked.
Their eyes met, and the sensation was a little like falling, only euphoric instead of scary.
“It was really hard,” she said. “But fun.”
“That was a five-eight,” he said. “Not bad for your first climb.”
She looked down and tied her shoes to hide her blush. The rock pile wasn’t very wide,
and she was sitting quite close to Josh. Surprisingly, it felt natural. Preferable. She wouldn’t
mind being around him like this a lot more.
April looked up, and Madigan was watching her with a disapproving look, like she was a
schoolgirl caught doodling a boy’s initials in her notebook.
“Hey, Josh,” Madigan yelled over. “Do you have a second so we can talk
about tomorrow?”
April forced herself not to look at Josh as he got off the rocks. Did Madigan actually need
to talk to Josh, or was he just trying to rescue her from her faux pas—being too familiar with the
talent?
She forced her eyes over to Danny, who was climbing the route she had just finished, but
her mind remained on Josh. Surely he had better things to do than hang around here and watch
mortals scrape their way up the cliff. Was it possible he had known the Walkabout crew was
coming here this afternoon and his being here was not a coincidence?
Mostly, though, she replayed their high five. Unless it was her imagination—or wishful
thinking—Josh had squeezed her hand a smidge longer and tighter than everyone else.

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3 comments:

  1. Hi Suze! Thanks so much for being a part of this blog tour and your fantastic review of Lessons in Gravity. Being a debut author, all this is so exciting!

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  2. I love books which involve an activity, example here rocking climbing and filming. It makes it more interesting. Nice review

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  3. I've only tried rock climbing once and never again! I must have a low centre of gravity or something as the ascent was so hard but I loved rappelling back down!

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