If you’re not acquainted with Gabriel and Julia I suggest you skip this review and check out my review of Gabriel’s Inferno first. While I don’t intend to include any spoilers of Gabriel’s Redemption, I am writing this assuming you have read Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture.
Gabriel’s Redemption picks up a few months after Gabriel’s Rapture left off. Gabriel and Julia are happy. But of course they can’t always be happy and Gabriel’s Redemption takes Gabriel and Julia through the bumps of marriage.
Of course there is also the journey of Gabriel making peace with his past so he and Julia can have the future they envision. But this journey isn’t just Gabriel’s. Julia is a stronger woman in Gabriel’s Redemption; however, Julia has room to grow and she does in this installment of their story.
Sylvain doesn’t stop with just Gabriel and Julia. We’re given an ending to many of the minor characters of the story too. What happens to poor, unrequited love, Paul? I can’t tell you that, you need to read the book yourself! But it speaks to the work of Sylvain Reynard in closing this story, including the stories of those impacted by the compassion of Julia. Oh, and I love Sylvain’s use of parentheses.
From the Publisher
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.
Bio: 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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