Series: Gabriel’s Inferno Series #3
Author: Sylvain Reynard
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.
I’ll admit it; I am totally intimidated to review this book. The whole series is beautifully written and the author is obviously a smarty pants. I feel like I got to read a really sweet love story and received an education in literature and Dante at the same time. This is the 3rd book in what was originally supposed to just be a 2 book series. Everyone loved Gabriel and Julia so much; there was a huge demand for the author to write another book. Back when I first started reading, I found the first book, Gabriel’s Inferno, by accident and I was hooked. Sylvain writes in a way that screams intelligence with big words but never makes you feel like you can’t follow the story. If you haven’t read the first 2 books, you’re going to want to before you finish reading my review.
Gabriel’s Redemption starts us off 6 months after Gabriel’s Rapture ends, with Julia and Gabriel married and still in newly wedded bliss. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because there was so much drama and angst in the first 2 books, but now Gabriel and Julia have made it through the fire and are happy together. They have the normal marital problems but their love is always present and is never trampled on. No matter what bumps these two encounter, they are always loving and supportive of each other. I think the road they had to endure to be together really makes them so much more appreciative of what they do have with each other. To see them stand united, declaring their love for each other openly and without any doubts was so beautiful.
Gabriel really struggles with his own personal demons in this book. I felt like he was on a journey to finally closing all of the open doors from his childhood, in order to be able to open new doors with Julia. The fact that Gabriel wants to have babies with Julia so quickly, after he was so adamant about never being a father, shows how much he has already healed. And Julia really comes into her own strength by the end of this story. Her love and dedication to Gabriel, to the point of self-sacrifice, is still present but we see Julia struggle with wanting to meet her own needs and how to do that while still giving Gabriel everything he wants. The whole story is a huge give and take from both sides, as both of them want to give the other everything they desire.
I really felt like Gabriel’s Redemption was a soft story – and what I mean by that is that there wasn’t any unnecessary drama built in just for the sake of having angst. Their love was the driving force behind everything that happens. I felt content at the end of the story – like both Julia and Gabriel both got everything they wanted and everything they didn’t know they needed. It was almost like the author just wanted to wrap us all in a big Gabriel hug and leave us feeling warm and fuzzy. The ending brought tears to my eyes and left me with a full heart, so happy for Gabriel and Julia. Fate can be a beautiful thing, and for Gabriel and Julia, fate gives them everything.
My rating: 4.5 fateful stars
About Sylvain 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.
I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.