by Sylvain Reynard
ebook, 495 pages
ARC from Penguin Berkley
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.
my reviewthis is my first ever ARC and i'm joining my first ever blog tour of Gabriel's Redemption book… :D
after Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture, i'm surely fall in love with Mr. Sylvain Reynard, he really is a gifted writer, he writes beautifully and though English is not my first language (surely there are several words i don't know), but i just know how remarkable his works are, for me at least, and for every body else i hope…
before his books, i'm not into poetry, i don't understand them, after his books, i want to understand poetry and i wish i was studying literature… and understand Italian... :D
and i follow him on twitter too… sometimes, i read his twits about his philanthrophique activities, he even replied my twit… :D
after i got to know, that we get bookplate if we pre-order Gabriel's Redemption, i pre-ordered, and after i learned that his publisher's giving away ARC for his blog tour, i jumped on my desk and entered my email, even though, i'm not quite sure what on earth blog tour was about… the only thing, i didn't do was reading extras before i eventually read the book... [ and of course, now that i have read the ARC, i will look for all of the available extras and i will read the book again, once my paperback comes... ;-) ]
when the day finally arrived, Enn, his publisher gave link to the ARC, and i saw the number of pages, i became nervous if i could meet the date line on December 4th for my blog tour, to have finished my reading and write my review…
and here i am… a couple of days later, finished reading the ebook and ready to write my review…
what can i tell?
i love Mr. Reynard's piece of art as much as his previous books… in this last book of the series, we get to know everyone's happy ending or almost happy ending…
we surely know how the Emersons', i'm glad that i can be part of Gabriel & Julia's journey of finding one another, especially our beloved Professor Gabriel, whom finally have his peace… how their prayers got answered… in this book, i'd said that the professor became more intense… sometimes, he even get me pissed for being stubborn, but by that way, i can feel him and understand him more…
i'm glad that Julia can compromise eventually…
but i think Mr. Reynard has put too much worry to Gabriel in this last book… i got carried away and being worried with him in every words, until i read the word "fin"… haha…
though i didn't really catch the snarky narrator in the previous books, in this book, i found him really amusing with his various comments…
my personal comments about the book, i love how Mr. Reynard was building his opinion of the importance of the family… and he took us to witness Gabriel and Julia's transformation in their perspective of the family's meaning to their life…
about the feeling of wanting to have children, but couldn't, wanting to have children but later, have children but there's illness, died children, abandoned children, traumatized children, abused children… eventually, it's not the parent's decision when to have a child or how… but it's the responsibility of the parents to rise him/her with love…
to teach them the importances, to prepare them for having a good life on their own…
i just hope that God will answer our prayer to have a child in our family in his time… and we will be able to teach him/her about the charity, faith and hope as Gabriel and Julia will teach theirs…
i give this book a remarkable tantalizing four stars as my return thank you to Mr. Reynard to have written such a beautiful story for me… yes, i know it's for me… i love you Mr. Reynard… :3
btw, Superman & Lois Lane? Man of Steel's special seeds? nice way to talk about the alternative answer of the unusual, eh? i wish i have my superman... ;-)
and Mr. Reynard, why are you making Gabriel seems old? he's just 35 years old for God's sake...
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.
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