Author: Sylvain Reynard
Title: Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno Series #3)
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.
Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.
But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.
In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.
So I have to start by saying this was a hard read for me. I loved the first two books. Like read in on sitting love. As with all books that I fall in love with…I wanted more. I will say that I was one of the masses that chanted more! So when Gabriel’s Redemption found its way to my Kindle I was oh so happy but for about the first 50% I was unsure. I did not devour Gabriel’s Redemption as I did the other two. This one really doesn’t present anything new in the way of plot but what we do get are final answers.
Julianne’s struggle with motherhood/career is a huge part of this story. Fighting to make an independent mark in the world of Dante, Julianne has some hard choices to make. Can she have it all? Only time will tell. Julianne’s character is one that any woman can relate too. Do you leave behind what you worked so hard for something of equal importance? Can a woman have it all? Can the love of one man allow you the strength to have it all? Now we are talking about Gabriel Emerson! I will say that my love for this man was one thing I did not battle with in this book. Yet again Gabriel is loveable flawed perfection.
Old faces appear once again and intertwine with the main story line of Julianne and Gabriel. We know that Paul will forever be in love with Julianne, Christa is a huge “see you next Tuesday”, and Simon and Natalie…well are in a class by themselves. As it was nice to get a little more info I felt that they were unneeded filler and created more questions.
BUT all is not lost! The last half of this book made the read worth it. I could have lived with two Gabriel books and still could. With that said the last 30% gave me what I was looking for. It made up for that was lacking from the first half. So with that it was worth the read. I really do enjoy Julianne and Gabriel story. Their love is one for the ages. It was a pleasant surprise seeing how this love story played out and as I read the final words I was content with the journey that Sylvain Reynard took me on. There were some moments I was worried and in complete shock but that is what makes a great story. It was a hard earned 4 stars but as an over all trilogy and a rally at the 11th hour I say well done Mr. Reynard.
I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.
I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.
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