Helen Gibbs, a British journalist on assignment on the west coast of Mexico, meets Christopher Delavaux, an intriguing half-French, half-American lawyer-turned-financier who has come alone to surf. Living lives that never stop moving, from their first encounter in Bermeja to marriage in London and travels to such places as Saint-Tropez, Tangier, and Santa Clara, Helen and Christopher must decide how much they exist for themselves and how much they exist for each other.
In an effort to build his firm, Christopher leads a life full of speed and ambition with little time for Helen and even less when he suspects his business partner of illegal activity. Helen, a reluctant voyeur to Christopher’s world of power and position, searches far and wide for reporting work that will “take a bite out of her soul”—refugees in Calais, a mountain climber in Chamonix, an orphaned circus performer in Cuba. A Theory of Love captures the ambivalence at the center of human experience: does one reside in the familiar comforts of solitude or dare to open one’s heart and risk having it broken? Set in some of the most picturesque places in the world, this novel questions what it means to love someone and leaves us wondering—can nothing save us but a fall?
Santa Clara, Saint-Tropez, Tangier, Calais, London. A Theory of Love sweeps readers off to some of the most beautiful cities in the world—and deep into the complicated romance between a privileged lawyer and a conscientious journalist.
Helen is a journalist on assignment in Mexico when she meets Christopher, a French-American financier who has come there to surf. The two embark on a jet-set love affair and marriage that always seems to find them on the go.
“A Theory of Love just took me away. This terrific novel caught me up immediately as these two dear people, Helen and Christopher meet on an isolated coastal road in Mexico and then set off for the world. Their keen love story is set in the world's rare places -- which are here vividly delivered – (the days and dinners in St. Tropez reminiscent of Tender is the Night); and then Margaret Thornton takes us deeper, through the layers of a many-faceted relationship of logic and emotion to the elemental struggle these two have with time and the crushing call of the world. This is a rich and moving novel.”
"A Theory of Love is a rare find--a tempestuous modern love story with a deeply soulful heart. Lush, evocative and romantic, this story captivated me until the very last page.”