Friday, April 8, 2016

Blog Tour 'Relativity' by Antonia Hayes

Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour for ‘Relativity’ by Antonia Hayes. ‘Relativity’ is the author’s debut novel and already has been published in three countries.

About the Book:
A tiny baby is rushed to hospital. Doctors suspect he was shaken by his father, who is later charged and convicted. The baby grows up in the care of his mother. Life goes on.

Twelve years later, Ethan is a singular young boy. Gifted with an innate affinity for physics and astronomy, Ethan sees the world in ways others simply can't - through a prism of light, time, stars and space.

Ethan is the centre of his mother's universe. Claire has tried to protect him from finding out what happened when he was a baby. But the older Ethan gets, the more questions he asks about his absent father.

A single handwritten letter is all it takes to set off a dramatic chain of events, pulling both parents back together again into Ethan's orbit. As the years seem to warp and bend, the past is both relived and revealed anew for each of them.

Relativity is an irresistible story about love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
April 7th, 2016
Contemporary Fiction
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
Available at:

My Review:

When I first read the book description of ‘Relativity’ I just knew I had to read this book. I was fascinated and I really wanted to know more about this book. Also the cover was something that really sparked my interest. When I heard I was part of the blog tour, I couldn’t be more excited.

‘Relativity’ is a beautiful story about a young boy called Ethan, who grew up with his mum. Ethan is special. He is very smart and he can ‘see’ more than the average person. Ethan and his mum are very close. She is his world and vice versa. I loved reading about the relationship between Ethan and Claire. Their relationship really was special and touching to read about.
But there are secrets that Claire was never able to talk about. Secrets about why Ethan’s father Matt isn’t around. But then a letter arrives and everything changes.

This book was definitely much better than I could have anticipated. I loved every single page. ‘Relativity’ was not so much a fun book to read, but it really was touching and intriguing. Reading about the relationship between a young boy and his parents was just really beautiful.
Although Ethan says a lot of stuff I can’t really understand since I didn’t have a science class in school, I still found this book easy to follow. The writing is easy and fun and it just never got boring.

Ethan was my favorite character in this book. He was so smart and kind, and I loved how everything he said just sounded so intelligent. There were a view very funny scenes in this book, and although there was more sad stuff, this book put a smile on my face. I also think I will never look at the stars and the universe quiet the same way. This book changed that for me and I love it.

As a nurse I have known for a long time that the brain is a very mysterious and intriguing part of the human body. ‘Relativity’ made that even more clear. I wonder if we will ever be able to find out everything there is about the brain?!
It was heartbreaking to read about the whole Baby-Shaking-Syndrome. And even now, after having finished this book several hours ago I don’t know how I feel about it. It is horrible, without a doubt.. but like in most stories there is always another side to it. It doesn’t make it good, not in the slightest, but it does make it even more sad.

‘Relativity’ is a beautiful story I will definitely be thinking about for a long time. Bravo Antonia Hayes!!

My Rating:

About the Author:

Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. ‘Relativity’ is her first novel.

For more information about Antonia Hayes please visit her website, or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.


I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I hadn't heard of this book before, but it does sound interesting. I am very familiar with Shaken Baby Syndrome through my line of work, and so, admittedly, I might be a little more critical when reading this book than perhaps would be necessary in terms of realism.

    1. It really was a great book. I read that the author was also familiar with Baby Shaken Syndrome so I think it was very realistic.
      You should definitely try this book out! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!


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