Author: Lydia Netzer
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: eARC (352 pages)
Source: Net Galley
Genre: Contemporary/Literary Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
From Goodreads: Beyond the skyline of Toledo stands the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, the nation’s premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. One of these is George Dermont, a dreamer and a man of deep faith, who’s trying to prove the scientific existence of a Gateway to God, and speaks to ancient gods and believes they speak back. Its newest star is Irene Sparks, a pragmatist and mathematician invited to lead the Institute’s work on a massive superconductor being constructed below Toledo. This would be a scientist’s dream come true, but it’s particularly poignant for Irene who has been in self-imposed exile from Toledo and her estranged alcoholic mother, Bernice. When Bernice dies unexpectedly, Irene resolves to return to Toledo, and sets in motion a series of events which place George and Irene on a collision course with love, destiny and fate.
George and Irene were born to be together. Literally. Their mothers, friends since childhood, hatched a plan to get pregnant together, raise the children together and then separate them so as to become each other’s soulmates as adults. Can true love exist if engineered from birth?
How to put this in simple words………
Two girls grow up together, plan out the lives of their children to be soul mates through science and astrology. Did you get that? Okay, moving on….
This has got to be the most bizarre, brilliant story I’ve read. It is absolutely perfect, and sad, and funny. How do you recover from reading about the strangest arranged marriage there ever was? George and Irene, the souls that are destined to be together.
You have to read this book. Not only did the author pull off this crazy, unbelievable story, but it makes you believe in something greater than this world we live in.
Filled with sadness, humor, unrequited love, science, and a whole lot of nerdy things, this is a book that you will not put down until the end. I had so many “what?” moments while reading this. Seriously, how did she come up with something like this? A very great book, and I definitely recommend reading it.