Gabriel’s Redemption, 7 Reviews plus fantastic giveaway!

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Author: Sylvain Reynard
Title: Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno Series #3)
Publisher: Penguin Berkley

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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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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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~Rachel~

I have waited a whole year to get hold of My Professor again and was itching to get absorbed in Sylvain Regards words again. I completely fell in love with the first two books and sooooo wanted to love this one…….

But this time unfortunately I felt the book, and I hate to say it and I maybe hated but it was dull, I was so disappointed.

The story lacked its passion and friskiness as did Gabriel, and Julianne….well she just developed into a childish, demanding and annoying women since she got married, I just wanted to shake her and say “God your married to Gabriel don’t  be like that!”. The sex scenes in this book seemed to be skimmed over and much less descriptive than the other two books . The passion did seem to return a touch with the arrival of Christina and Paul and Katherine and there was a glimpse of Gabriel getting his passion and protectiveness back. I also liked the part when Gabriel first saw Paul again and I laughed at the “Angelfucker.”

After my initial disappointment I did get into the whole rebuilding, finding, bonding and dealing with part of it all and I was relieved that we got to fill in the gaps and get closure from most of the characters and at long last we found out what was on that note that Julia tore up.

I think I wasn’t holding out for the happy ever after and was hoping for a dramatic end, I kept thinking the chap from the museum was going to come into play and stir things up some more!. There was some tension at the end of the book but without giving it all way I cannot say, but that part did make me well up …not cry but I did feel Gabriel’s pain.

I am sad the series is over but it is over. Gabriel will always be in my top ten, but more so from the other books that this one, although I do still have my paper copy coming ;).

I personally preferred the feisty and slightly uncontrollable Professor.

Gabriel’s and Julia’s whole journey is very much worth a read and you will love the whole story, and is written very well with some beautiful quotes.

“For you, my love, I would endeavour to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet”

“Don’t cry my sweet girl. You’re my Beatrice and my sticky little leaf and my beautiful wife.”

 Maybe if I had read them all as a trilogy without the long gap in between I would have got on better.

Just making the 3 apples.

3 APPLES

~Crystal~

In true Sylvain Reynard style, I’ll gladly say it’s been accomplished again with the third book about Gabriel and Julianne. What is “it”? Simply put, it’s another great installment.

We pick up where the last book left off in the continuation of the new life Gabriel and Julia are building together. A little time has elapsed and they are working on figuring out the best way to be newlyweds while Julia works on her doctorate. There are some old friends and foes that accompany us on the journey through Gabriel’s Redemption. I don’t want to give too much away on that front. They both must face the pressures of self, career, and the new idea of a family together.

There were a few times I felt the story was dragging on a bit, but overall, I was very surprised and pleased with the book. My favorite part is the transformation of Gabriel and how he grows as a man throughout the series. Julia, at times, was a little naive for me. By the end, I truly felt like Gabriel had come full circle and that made me smile.

It’s definitely worth the read in my opinion if you enjoyed the first two books. I’m looking forward to more novels by Sylvain Reynard!

4.5 Apples from me

4 APPLES

 ~Simone~

The third instalment into the life of the charming Gabriel and the lovely Julia is finally upon us.

Reading this story had me hooked, simply because I have waited so long to find out the paths the life’s of the newly wed Emerson’s had taken, and where their futures were destined to head.

I loved witnessing how an orphanage brought out all of the “doting father” instincts from Gabriel, and I’ll admit, at times – more than once or twice I must say – I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I was that drawn into the feeling and raw emotion being portrayed during certain aspects of the story.

Gabriel’s Redemption provides the answers to lots of old questions, and helps to lay ghosts to rest, as well as lighting the way and showing the futures the characters are destined to have.
I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this journey.

I did feel slightly disappointed however, in that I found this story lacking in much of the passion and the “heat” that was so obvious within the other books, particularly at the start of the story, and I really did miss this sizzling, passionate aspect.

This didn’t stop me enjoying the story though, but I was slightly disappointed and not as fully gripped as I was with the previous books.

This aside, a good, emotion provoking read that helps tie up lots of loose ends…and it is a must if you’ve read the first two books.

3 APPLES

~Amanda~

I was one of the one’s who was hesitant to read this because I was ok with the way the series first ended. Of course, when I would never turn down more Professor. I love the way SR writes. I missed the snarky narrator. It was refreshing to be brought back to this story.
We start off with Gabriel and Julia trying to juggle married life with her school work. I enjoyed this part of the story because it seemed so real. Anyone that is in any kind of relationship can relate to this part of the story. They struggle to find time for one another but when they do, it is HOT! I love all the tender moments between them. I thought the passion was amazing. I didn’t realize how much I really missed them until I started reading and fell in love with them all over again.
I also liked that we got to see what is going on in the other characters lives and see what they have been up to since the end of book two. I also think it was important for Gabriel and Julia’s marriage that Gabriel made peace with his past. If you were looking for this you will not be disappointed in this book.
This book had everything I didn’t know was missing. I thought I was ok with how it ended but I am so glad SR decided to write this book. I feel like it was a wonderful way to end the series and I will forever love Gabriel and Julia.
This series is what brought me to a group of wonderful friends and I couldn’t be more thankful. I will miss the Professor but I will definitely keep these books in my re-read pile.

5 APPLES

~Nicola~

The long awaited third book from Mr Sylvain Reynard is finally with us and we get the answers to our long ago asked questions…..or do we?

the third book picks up a few months from where the last book left off. It sees how Julia and Gabriel (Mr & Mrs Emerson) deal with married life, school and teaching.

Ok, so I have read my other ladies reviews, can ask just ask, did I get a different book?! SR’s first two books are totally addictive and I read them both in two days. This one did not grab at all! I didn’t feel the “passion” or the “desire” that the last two books held, don’t get me wrong there’s feelings and sexy time between Julia and Gabriel but I felt it lacked the chemistry let alone the description and intensity that the first books held.

Julia totally grated on me too, did marriage turn her into a totally selfish, whinny and at times childish person? My word woman you married THE Professor! Get a grip :/ don’t get me wrong Gabriel still has some of his faults but that’s what we love about him 🙂

I did enjoy how this book brought the other characters into the lime light and it was nice to see how their stories played out…… I still have a few unanswered questions though.

I will admit i never really going into the story and I found that I could easily put the book down on a night and that was my biggest letdown. If you enjoyed the first two books I’d say read the third, it ties up the majority of the loose ends……….. Oh and can I ask, what was with the museum guy?!?

Very lucky to make a 3

3 APPLES

~Tina~

Gabriel’s Redemption will forever be one of my all time favorite books. I was so happy that the story didn’t lack the humor and passion that I love about Gabriel and Julia. In this book I loved that they found a way to communicate better with each. They found a way to talk through their arguments instead of fighting so much, I like that they each still stuck up for what they wanted and believed but found a way to compromise. I think that their marriage has only reinforced their love for one another one of my favorite lines from this book is when Gabriel says to Julia “How can a man live without his heart”.
This book ties up so many loose ends for not just Gabriel and Julia but for many of the other main characters. I was shocked to see that Simon could possibly have a heart and find & fight for love. I was happy to see Richard come back home to the place where be belonged. I was so happy that Gabriel could finally forgive himself and let so much of his inner darkness go.
I loved that we got to see what was in the letter that Julia tore up from Gabriel. I loved that he remembered it word for word. I loved that we got to hear about everything that Gabriel did while he and Julia were apart.

I loved all the surprises in the story. Sylvain kept me thinking and guessing throughout this book. The one thing that wasn’t resolved was who the mysterious man was in the museum? I did find that weird could that possibly be a sign of a fourth book down the road at some point???
Oh I love the that Gabriel and Julia haven’t lost the passion between them. Whether they’re in a museum or orchard they always manage to steam things up. I think the sweetest moments between them are the pinky holding. In the end they truly find they happiness they’ve both searching and waiting for.

Sylvain is an amazing author. This book is incredible. I can’t wait to read it again much slower this time. I will say that I am probably not alone in hoping that this isn’t the end of the professor 😉

5 APPLES

~Laura~

Gabriel’s redemption is the final chapter of the Gabriel
series which follows the life’s of Gabriel and his beloved Julia. After finally
winning her back in book 2 and explaining everything he did, he did for love,
Gabriel and Julia can finally be together and live happily ever after. Or can
they?

Now newlywed, Julia’s time is taken up by her passion to be
Dante specialist and her every growing workload is threatening to take over.
Gabriel in the meantime is taking about babies and Julia is beginning to feel
the pressure.

Off course no Gabriel book can be complete without the
bitchy Christa Peterson and her vicious tongue. 🙂 Will Christa throw a
spanner in the works? Of what about Simon? Julia’s Ex-boyfriend who also has
reason to seek revenge.

Will they true love overcome all the hurdles that are thrown
in their paths and everything that life throws at them and prove to each other
they have what it takes to be the family their always wanted.

I waited patiently for the final book to be released and was
really excited about reading it. I’ll be honest and say it didn’t grip me as
much as the first two did and I did struggle with it in places. I enjoyed some
of the unanswered questions from book 1 & 2 being answered and being able
to finally delve into Gabriel’s past.

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3 APPLES

As you can see each of our reviews are different. Some loved it and some……. Not so much.

But don’t let that stop you from picking up a copy and sharing your review and possible love for this great series 😉

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On behalf of the Orchard Girlies I would like to thank SR for first letting us interview him many moons ago (you can find those Q&A’s on our facebook page) and for the honour of letting us review his Gabriel series. We would like to wish him luck with his next bookish venture with, The Raven, where there will be Emerson cameos 😉 you will also find the first few lines at the end of Gabriel’s Redemption to The Raven.

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