From the author of the New York Times best sellers 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.
©2013 Sylvain Reynard (P)2013 Penguin Audio
Pheweee, what a brilliant, emotionally draining, sweet, passionate, sexy (but not graphic) tender, all consuming haunting love story this series has been and, in this final book, loose ends are tied, right choices were made, sins were finally forgiven, hopes were realised and an unconditional love provided the ultimate redemption.
Gabriel and Julia's love affair started when she was just 17 however Gabriel was 27, and also her Professor, so it was a forbidden affair that spans 8 years but what an emotionally charged journey it's been as the devoted couple's many obstacles were each painstakingly faced and overcome one by one. You can't help but fall in love with the sexy handsome Professor and respect Julia and all the choices she makes to hold on to a love like no other.
Sylvan Reynard's style of writing is simply awesome with plot twists, surprises, a cast of likeable, loveable, sad, nasty and interesting characters and the pages are packed full of romantic verses, phrases and paragraphs that are almost poetic in nature. There are a lot of sexually charged scenes but they're light on detail so the story isn't driven by one sex scene after another but by the subtle suggestive words used to portray their desire, longing, lust and deep love and respect for each other.
Worth a credit? You just can't put a price on a trilogy like this whose characters will stay with you long after the last word, of the last book, is finally revealed and you have to say a sad farewell to characters that have entertained, enthralled, angered, saddened and eventually grown to become people you'd like to add to your Address Book.
After reading the first two books, I was so delighted when Book 3 was released. Sylvain Reynard is a wonderful author and has the talent to hold the reader's full attention. As for John Morgan...I can't say enough. With the gift of bringing the characters to life, his mellow voice is so transfixing. I'm in awe of his Italian narration...simply beautiful. I sincerely hope Reynard continues this series.
I enjoyed the emotions that are portrayed by the characters of the book. I continue to love Professor Picton uncanny ability to quickly resolve issues and foster fear among her peers.
Sylvia Day series would be a comparison to SR
I believe toward the end when Prof. Picton uses bribery when restating that she would like to be the baby's godmother.
..grave injustice to your sexiness - would be one, but I believe Now your blessedness appears
I enjoyed the book very much - and appreciated the scene at the museum where the 'odd' man is introduced a great lead into SR's next novel. I was however bereft with the fact that I did not have closure with Rachel and her search for a family, as I can guess as to what became of Paul.. with Rachel its just a quick severing.
I would not say "better" - I would say different but equally excellent. Some of the author's humor needs to be appreciated on the written page.
The entire series -- Gabriel's Inferno, Rapture, and Redemption -- all connect to each other.
All I can say (and have said to the author) is that John Morgan *IS* Gabriel. The perfect voice and performance.
There were many, but when Gabriel discovers his biological family and history, I was quite moved and very pleasantly surprised!
Gabriel's Redemption, the *final* installment of Sylvain Reynard's engrossing and lovely saga of Professor Gabriel Emerson and his sweet Julianne was worth the wait. The characters of Inferno, Rapture, and now Redemption have become "real" to SR's legions of readers who, while loving the story itself, are also able to glean the hidden and powerful messages of forgiveness, compassion, and charity. The mark of a truly wonderful author, SR has taken us on a almost voyeuristic ride with Gabriel -- introducing him in Inferno as a brilliant professor full of self-hatred and exhibitionist cruelty, to now at the conclusion, a man transformed to one of true passion, compassion, and love. The transformation was not an easy one, not for Gabriel, and certainly not for the reader who took the journey with him.
Julianne has revealed some solid growth as well. Starting out in Inferno as a somewhat externally weak but internally strong young *girl* -- SR has brought her to full womanhood. She is no longer living in fear, has learned to stand up to her enemies, and has developed the skill to know her own needs without ignoring Gabriel's needs in their marriage or in their academic life.
I think it's fair to say that Redemption closed the unknowns that that had us readers pondering in the last two books. Without revealing spoilers, I will say that SR was able to weave a very interesting and captivating story while still closing most of the loops -- leaving one or two open just in case he would like to revisit our friends in the future. I loved it, reread it several times, and highly recommend it. There is something in SR's writing that feels like a familiar warm blanket. He knows his readers -- and is able to challenge them and hug them at the same time.
I am a book addict! I like to listen rather than read. I like the way narrators read books. They really bring things to life. I love pets.
I do like the audio version better. John Morgan does a great job reading these novels.
There are 3 books in this series and they we all great.
I have a few but I liked the end when Julia had the baby.
I don't remember the exact quote but Gabriel tells Julia he would take the stars and the moon out of the sky and leave them ate her feet.
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