Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno, #3)

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 her 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.

Feisty’s Review – 5 stars!!!

I loved this book!!  I was a huge fan of the first two books in this series.  If you have followed it, then you know that Gabriel’s Rapture was to be the final book, but the readers begged for more and SR listened and he kindly gave us what we wanted.  In the second book,  we saw Gabriel work through his demons and all of the unworthiness that he has felt his entire life.  We saw him win Julianne back and we saw them marry and be happy together again.  But…. did you ever wonder what Paul thought when he got Julia’s wedding invitation?  Did you ever wonder what happened when Gabriel contacted Paulina after visiting Maia’s grave?  Or did you wonder what became of Christa Peterson, Paul, Tom, Rachel and Adam, or Professor Kathryn Picton?   Is Gabriel’s vasectomy reversible or will they adopt?  Does Julianne even really want children?  I always wanted to find out WHAT WAS IN THAT CARD Gabriel left at her door after finding out she was his Beatrice!  We find out everything and then some!!

There is no stone unturned in Gabriel’s Redemption.  I’ll admit I was one of the readers hoping for a third book.  When I first started it, I was a bit frustrated.  They argue a lot at first and the chapters were short in the beginning.  I felt that just as I was getting into a scene, it would end.  I chatted with Naughty a bit about it and she reminded me that I truly loved these characters so I decided to take a deep breath and take a step back.  We all know SR and his snarky narrator are intense and these are deep books.  So I cleared my head and dug in.  And am I so happy!  I’m  happy to say they are together the entire book.  So no worries there.  I have trouble when my couples are apart for most of a book.  But in this one, they have a lot to work through.  They’ve come so far and still have a ways to go.

“Have you ever made love in an orchard before?”  Her eyes widened and she shook her head.    “Then I’m glad I’m your first.”  – Gabriel

 The book starts about six months into their marriage.  And SR jumps us right in.   We go to her presentation at Oxford, then we visit their home in Umbria.  And then onto Florence for the opening of their Botticelli exhibit.  There are twists and turns you don’t see coming.  They fight hard and love hard.  They are truly each other’s half and they fight to make it all work.  They have fun together and struggle together.  And they do it with class and elegance.  I love this couple.  There is something about them that gets to me.  I know these books are deeper than most, and give you a slight education into Dante and the Italian arts.  But they are so wonderful.  They suck you in without you even knowing it.  Gabriel and Julianne have come a long way in their communication with each other.  They are intense but work through it.  So much happens in this book.  There is a moment towards the end that I was like “there’s NO WAY SR would do this”!  I forgot to breathe for a few moments.  You will laugh and cry and have really big sighs because of their love for each other.  I can’t say enough about how wonderful and fulfilling this book is.

Everything you’ve wanted to know, I venture to say SR answers for you.  The end is just beautiful and even though we’ve had three hearty books, you hate to see it come to an end.  I could certainly use a novella – hint hint SR!  Get your glass of wine ready, find your cozy red velvet chair (I’d prefer if I could use Gabriel’s of course!) and enjoy!


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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.