Author: Mona Sedrak
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Gravity: A force pulling together people and hearts.
After being shunned by her Middle Eastern family, medical assistant Leila Solomon struggles to build a life for herself and her child. Landscape photographer Aiden Stone built a career seeing what others miss, and the second he meets Leila, he is drawn to her unassuming beauty and fragile strength.
Leila cannot defy the gravitational forces pulling her toward Aiden and to the family who cast her out. To build a future with Aiden, she must face the past but is she strong enough to resist being pulled back into the family fold?
Relationships were difficult enough when the individuals involved shared a common language and culture. Leila knew of only a handful of couples who succeeded in mixing cultures. Even if she made peace with her family, she knew they would never accept Aiden. In their eyes, he would be an American––an outsider––who couldn’t understand their ways.
She took a deep breath and filled her lungs with his heady masculine scent mixed with the ocean breeze. His intoxicating scent swirled around her brain and quieted her fears–– silencing the voices of doom and crumbling the final vestiges of her defenses. Leila sighed, and she sagged against him. She opened her eyes and met Aiden’s steady gaze.
“Gravity.” She murmured.
“Hmm?” Aiden raised an eyebrow and smiled.
“No matter the barriers my brain conjures, it’s useless.” She shrugged.
“Baby, I’m not following you. What’s useless?” Frowning, he tilted his head.
“I can’t stay away.” Leila looked away. “We are as different as two people can be. You are the sun and I the moon.” She met his gaze. “Gravity has me in its grasp, and I can’t defy it.”
Aiden kissed her forehead and settled back against the lounger.
She sat between his legs with her back resting against his chest.
“Me neither. From the second I met you, I was drawn in ways I couldn’t explain.” He circled her with his arms. “Don’t fight the gravitational force.”
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Gravity is a heart-warming story of two individuals from remarkably differing backgrounds that are inexplicably drawn to one another, forming a strong friendship and falling in love–– despite the odds against them. The story depicts the beautiful Middle Eastern culture I was raised in and its many traditions as well as some of its challenges. Readers will identify with this story, no matter their background because it speaks to and awakens the human heart.
Gravity is about tolerance, acceptance, understanding, and forgiveness. Finally, it is a story of love and hope. When I started writing Gravity several years ago, I couldn’t have predicted how relevant it would be today. At the end of the day, I want readers to understand that although we may be different, as members of the human race, our similarities outweigh our differences and love is the universal language that binds us.
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Mona Sedrak lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and works as a university administrator and professor. Although she has co-published two academic books, she is now writing mainstream fiction and women's fiction. She is an avid reader and is probably Audible's best customer.
Writing and reading fiction is her escape from reality.
Mona lives with her husband of 30+ years, a geriatric maltipoo, and an Amazon Parrot named Pretzel. She binge watches too many shows to count and she loves fine brandy.
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