Title: Gabriel's Redemption
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Date of Release: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Berkely
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.
My Review:I am just going to do a really quick review of this book because it's going to be hard to do an in depth review without having any spoilers. I loved this book. I have loved this entire series so much. In fact it's one of my favorite adult trilogies. I like that it's just a trilogy and that Sylvain Reynard didn't try to draw it out longer. I also LOVE that it's not just 3 books full of fluff. These books are serious reads full of things that make you think. Both of the main characters are intellectuals and the books are full of beautiful settings and thought provoking discussions and lectures.
This book follows the second one pretty closely. Gabriel and Julia are in a good place in their marriage although they are still in the honeymoon phase. Julia is immersed in her graduate program and Gabriel decides he wants them to have a baby. Julia is convinced that starting a family at this point or any point in the near future will derail her program and put her behind. When I read this I had to remember that Gabriel is 10 years older than Julia. They are so compatible, but the age difference is a drawback for both of them I think. He is at the age where he needs to start thinking about having a family, but she's still young enough that she could wait years yet.
They have their fair share of ups and downs throughout the course of this book. Gabriel is visited by some old demons that cause him a fair amount of struggle. He has some times where he withdraws from Julia and tries to deal with things alone. This leads to his questioning himself and his worthiness. Julia is pretty steadfast throughout the book, she's constantly trying to get Gabriel to confide in her. She is the one always telling him that he is a good man no matter what has happened in his past.
We see some characters from the other books. Julia's father has his own small story line in this book. We also see a couple of the ex's that find happiness. We also get to see Simon get his due which is a good thing. Gabriel's family all make appearances as well. All in all, this was a great ending for Gabriel and Julia as well as the beginning for a whole new series for Sylvain Reynard. While I don't know which character for sure, I have an idea who is going to be the main character in the new series. I can't wait for that....It's going to be paranormal and the sneak peek makes it sound amazing!
If you would like to read my reviews for the other books in the series you can find them here:
This is an adult series and does have adult content.
Sylvain Reynard 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.
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.
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