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The Unified Theory of Love and Everything

(Delphi #1)

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 po
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 17th 2016 by Northside Books
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The word rang out in my mind like the distant bell of a church I attended, but wasn’t sure I believed in anymore: Wife! Wife! Wife!”

The most damaging lies of all are the ones we tell ourselves. I’m okay, this is good enough, bury those nagging emotions and self-reflective questions. Sometimes we find ourselves just surviving, ignoring the cracks in our homes, our loved ones, ourselves. Emerson Wheeler seems to be blessed, she has beautiful daughters, a good husband and a small business. So what
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"Some time will have to elapse before I am again calmly in possession of myself. Such an affair is a bit similar to murder!" ----Albert Einstein

It is March and Emerson has a business called Emergence which her husband Holt thinks as a hobby. Holt is a leading astronomer. They have two beautiful little girls. The family moved to Delphi, Georgia for Holt's job. Emerson has to argue with her husband to be home by six pm. because she h
Cindy H.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I believe in all fairness, my disappointment with the novel was one of expectations. The publishers blurb had me anticipating a novel of literary fiction but Unified Theory of Love and Everything was much more of a romance novel, which is really not my reading preference. The story revolves around a frustrated housewife who contemplates an affair with a man she volunteers with. I found the sexual tension to be
-Love That Knows No Bounds-
I"ve rarely read a book that tackles the complications of love and relationships in a real way, but if any work of fiction captures these aspects, it's The Unified Theory of Love and Everything. This story is of two people who fall in love under circumstances that forbid them to be together for proprieties sake. Really, the only thing that keeps them apart is the unusual circumstance of being in love with more than one person at a time. There is a thin line between lov
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and Northside Books for an ARC of his book.

It's not very often you see the terms "romance novel" and "Albert Einstein" paired together, which is one of the reasons I was drawn to this book but that's about all I found interesting about this book. The story surrounds a pair of star-crossed lovers who spend their time taking care of an aging physicist (and her garden) who is somehow connected to Einstein and the female lead characters husband. Did you get that because the en
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying, this probably isn’t a great choice of novels for someone sensitive to the topic of adultery. I’m not talking running off to a hotel to sneak around but the bond and feelings that can develop between two people who are married to others. However, adultery is not the point of this novel. Emerson and Finn are both amazing characters that are at turning points in their lives. Finn is trying to decide whether to retire or re-enlist in the Navy. Emerson is trying to follow her ...more
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Emerson Wheeler could be happy. At 32, she has a loving husband, tow great girls and a small gardening business which is just starting. But after the suicide of her father, she starts questing the decisions she has made in life and when she takes over a new job at Hay Manor, this aggravates. Sybil, the elderly owner of the mansion, introduces her to Finn, an army member who has some very different notions of life. They get along better and better and at a certain point, Emerson has to question h ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Northside Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Unified Theory of Love and Everything. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Emerson Wheeler thought she had everything she wanted: two children, a husband who is a good provider, and a fledgling gardening business. After her father commits suicide, Emerson starts to honestly examine her personal life and comes to certain realizations.

Finn Lowell is trapped in an unhappy marriage, but
Kayla Hemmerle
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 o
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you for this ARC. I kept with the book, because I feel if I have been given an opportunity to have an advance copy, I will finish is and give an honest feedback.

I think this book has a good story, and a TON of potential. However, I felt the characters were not fully developed. Emerson feels she is caught up as having such a part of her children's life, almost that her motherhood is what defines her, yet the reader sees no indication of this. There are very few interactions with the girls
Sarah A
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from Netgalley & Northside Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book was not my usual read. I was drawn in by the words "literary romance", but in the end, I felt like it was more of a romance than a literary fiction read. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn't what I was expecting. There were passages of literary fiction writing, but they faded in and out with a different, fluffier (to me) writing style.

For me, this was a solid romance read
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I read the description for this book through NetGalley I thought, "Sure, why not? I'll see if the publisher will let me read it or not." Thanks to NetGalley I was granted early access to this book and it was a decent read.

In the beginning for the first couple of chapters I sort of wanted to punch Emerson, the main female character, in the throat. She seemed whiny and annoying and I kept thinking to myself that this book was going to drag on. To my surprise is quickly became much more intere
Jenn Belden
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Whoa, this was a painful, complicated look at the choices we make, and how we live with them afterwards. Two very damaged people do a delicate and soul-searching dance around each other. Riveting and yet difficult to read at times - I needed to stop and give my heart some space.

If you struggle with the topic of adultery, this might not be for you. Finn and Emerson ARE damaged people, married to the wrong people for them, and their unhappiness at times became a bit overwrought, in a "why are the
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I was really split about 3 stars or 4. I couldn't decide if I liked Emerson and Finn's involvement or not. I loved Sybil Hay and her old house. She was a free thinker and claimed to be Albert Einstein's mistress. Emerson seems a bit one sided in the story, there is not a lot interaction between her and her daughters , her friend Sarah or her family. Finn seems more developed as well as Sybil. This is book one of a new series (Delphi) referring to the town in Georgia where this book takes place. ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I want to say thank you to Northside Books for the ARC. I chose this title hoping it would be an introspective look at marriages and the issues that can arise. It ended up being a romance novel between two characters that are married to other people, with the sole point of view coming from the main female protagonist. That single perspective made me feel the book was lacking depth and something I couldn't get into. That being said, if you enjoy romances, this may be for you. I would describe it ...more
(Something Like) Lydia
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Good for an easy summer read.
This books promises more than it gives.

The characters were tedious and uninteresting, with no depth whatsoever.

There's a rather bizarre subplot involving Albert Einstein and his theories of love and science, but it's not explored nearly enough to give this book any real substance.


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Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this story from NetGalley for an honest review.

I wanted to love this story but unfortunately I didn't, I really couldn't get invested or like the characters in this story. I requested this book because I was hoping the author would sweep me away but in the end, it didn't happen.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: galley
I hate to write bad reviews, this is the 3rd book that I’ve requested that I couldn’t finish. Just couldn’t connect with any of these characters. The writing was good but, something was missing and unfortunately, I lost interest. Thank you for sending me the arc for review.
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TRAVIS NEIGHBOR WARD is an author of fiction and nonfiction. Her second novel The Unified Theory of Love and Everything will be available on October 17, 2016 from Northside Books. Her debut novel Come Find Me was published by Northside Books in April 2014. Her author website is at

Travis was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she spent the first 17 years of her life. She

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