Tuesday, December 3, 2013

tour: review & giveaway - Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard

Title: Gabriel’s Redemption
Author: Sylvain Reynard
Series: Gabriel's Inferno
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
Release Date: December 3, 2013

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.

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Thoughts on Gabriel's Redemption

It's taken me several days to wrap my mind around everything that happened in Gabriel's Redemption.  It's a lengthy book at almost 500 pages but Sylvain Reynard packs each page full surprises and twists that made me feel like I was flying through the book.

Gabriel's Redemption has joined the short list of books this year that has given me a book hangover.  I had such high hopes going into in because Gabriel and Julia are one of my all time favorite couples and I wanted to see them one last time.  There was nothing about this book that disappointed me. Not one thing.

It may be a continuation of Gabriel and Julia's story but it is full of new challenges and discoveries for the couple.  They've overcome so much just to be together that you would think the rest is smooth sailing but it's not.  Now they face the challenges that plague most couples like when to have children and how to balance their careers.  I loved how far Gabriel has come to where he is ready for children and yet is not putting pressure on Julia to do it now.  Of course she's putting plenty of pressure on herself but they are getting better as individuals and as a couple in handling their disagreements.  There are some stumbles and setbacks but Julia has come so far herself as well in not letting Gabriel make all the decisions himself. 

And there's not just Gabriel and Julia's happy ending, Sylvain Reynard brings back everyone from Paulina, Christa and Simon to wrap up their stories as well.  We even get to find out the history between Gabriel and Katherine Picton and what was in that note that Julia threw away so long ago. Oh, and there are even visits from Gabriel's biological family as well.

It's a lot of story but it's exactly what I picture when a series ends.  Gabriel's Redemption is one of my favorite books of 2013 and just about the best series ending that I've ever read. 

about the author

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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