Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard
Series: Gabriel’s Inferno #3
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
The Gabriel’s Inferno series is my unicorn – I LOVED the first book, then I endured a seemingly endless spiral of mediocrity, religious allegory, & angst as I saw it through to the conclusion…
Julia’s heart nearly cracked under the weight of her realization that her love had not healed him.
Really quickly: If you liked the second book in this series, I think you’ll really enjoy this book…
But, if you’re like me & the second book left a bad taste in your mouth… Stay away from this.
I feel like this book took so long to come out, and had so much lead up to it’s publication, that there was no way it could possibly live up to reader’s expectations… There was so much information which needed to be cleared up…
So many characters needed conclusions,
So much angst had to be resolved,
The mysterious past of Gabriel had to be revealed,
…and once all of that was done, the author had to convince us that Julia and Gabriel could have a happily ever after.
“Don’t cry, my sweet girl. You’re my Beatrice and my sticky little leaf and my beautiful wife. I’m sorry I’ve been such a bastard. I wanted to show you how important you are to me. You are my most precious masterpiece”
That’s a tall order.
I’m pleased to say that everything was resolved in the final installment of the Gabriel’s Inferno Series…
But was it satisfactory?
Not for me, personally…
I don’t need everything neat and tidy to the point of sterility, but that is the ending provided to us.
If I could go back and do it all over again, I would have been perfectly happy to read the first book and be done with the series.
That being said, the writing is still spectacular and Gabriel Emerson is still a swoony sonofabitch… So it wasn’t all bad.