Emerson Wheeler has everything she ever wanted: two beautiful daughters, a reliable husband, and a modest gardening business in a small town. But after her estranged father commits suicide, she has to face facts. She’s been lying to people her whole life, and her unhappy marriage is keeping her from knowing her true self.
Finn Lowell is a married father of two and a Navy police officer. After a childhood of abuse he has a hard time trusting people. Soon he must decide whether to continue in active duty and risk being deployed overseas. If he quits, he can spend the summer at his lake house alone with his sons.
When Emerson volunteers to help Sybil Hay, a reclusive physicist, with her rundown estate in Delphi, Georgia, she’s in for a surprise: Finn works there in his free time. Emerson has only met him once through her husband, but it convinced her that spending time together could be dangerous because of their attraction. Equally dangerous are Sybil’s unconventional beliefs about love, which date back to a mysterious summer she spent with Albert Einstein.
After Sybil falls ill, Finn makes Emerson an outrageous offer that will test everything they stand for. And through it they will discover their deepest fears and dreams, while uncovering secrets they never knew.
In the literary romance THE UNIFIED THEORY OF LOVE AND EVERYTHING, Travis Neighbor Ward takes readers on a journey into the heart of marriage, friendship, and what it means to love someone.
Let me start by saying this story will not be for everyone. However, of all the books I have read, this one connected with me on several levels. If I am being honest, I thought this was one of the most beautiful pieces of literature that I have ever read.
From the synopsis, you can infer, accurately, that Finn and Emerson have an attraction to each other. Both of them are married, but not happily. Not entirely unhappy but they both recognize that things are not right in their marriage. In both of them working with Sybil at Hay Manor, they both start to open their minds more to what life is really about.
I know this story is really about Emerson and Finn, but in my opinion, I feel Sybil is truly the star of the story. Sybil was in love with Albert Einstein for four years and this book is sprinkled with quotes and thoughts on Albert Einstein’s theories and his life. We also see Sybil’s unconventional feelings on love and happiness. Sybil almost seems mystical in how well she can read Emerson and Finn, but I think in reality, it was her own life experience with love that helped her see through Finn and Emerson. Some might say she “poked the bear”, but I think Sybil’s character had the fortitude to know how fragile life truly is, and that we shouldn’t waste it.
The end of the book was not at all what I expected. I did read other reviews from readers on GoodReads, and some felt the end was rushed. I truly did not believe that to be the case. I think the author did a beautiful job at creating the realities of infidelity and when a family might be fracturing. It isn’t pretty or nice, but people experience it every day. Finn and Emerson have to deal with these issues or they cannot ever move on with their lives. They needed closure.
I would absolutely recommend this book. However, it is not a typical love story. Its classified as Fiction Literature>Romance. There are the themes of love in this story, but my true feeling is that love isn’t the whole point of this story. The truth of this story lies within ourselves, with facing the things we need to see, even when we don’t want to.