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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Gabriel's Redemption is the continuation of the story of academics Gabriel Emerson and his now wife, Julianne. As with any new marriages, there are obstacles that must be sorted out. The central question explored in this book is whether Julianne can have a child and continue with her career. Gabriel also gets a lot of page time while delving into his past. Gabriel finds some answers he has been searching for his entire life.
There are appearances by people from Gabriel's and Julianne's past. We see Christa in all of her evil glory, still trying to outmaneuver Gabriel. She really is a tart! She goes out of her way to humiliate Gabriel and Julianne, but we see that Julianne has learned to stick up for herself. Julianne is able to stand on her own two feet, both in regards to Christa and her nasty machinations, and to Gabriel in regards to her dissertation research. Julianne has grown up quite a bit, although she is still what I would consider naive. I think she's always going to have the naivity to her, but it's nice to see a bit more backbone.
Gabriel is as controlling and protective as ever. He still attempts to shelter Julianne from what he sees as threats, but Julianne is a person unto herself. She has many difficult conversations with Gabriel and sticks up for what she wants out of life. Gabriel is on his own journey in this book, dealing with the past that has left him so affected. He meets new family members and learns more about his father.
There are many steamy scenes in this book, just as in the previous two. Gabriel and Julianne seem to have found their, um, rhythm. They compliment one another nicely and it is obvious that they are dedicated to their marriage. Gabriel is willing to undergo surgery because Julianne makes him want things that he hasn't ever wanted before. It's a nice transformation for Gabriel.
The setting, as always, is magnificent. I love the attention to detail Reynard pays to this story. From the art galleries in Umbria to the family house in Pennsylvania, I feel as if the different settings are their own characters. Reynard obviously has personal experience in these places, especially the locations in Italy. I love his art references and the description he uses.
I love the story of Gabriel and Julianne. I really do. However, if I ever actually met a couple that spoke and behaved as these fictional characters, I don't think I'd make fast friends with them. Julianne is very giving except to when it comes to her career. She is extremely charitible and doesn't mind giving her time or money to a worthy cause. In this book, though, I kind of felt like she was made out to be a saint. A girl her age would not be speaking the way Julianne does. When I met Gabriel in the previous two books, I thought he was an enigmatic academic with a shady past. This is all true, but there is quite a bit of condensation in Gabriel's actions and words in this book. He's such a puzzle because on one hand, Gabriel feels disgusted by his humble beginnings and his bahavior over the years. On the other hand, he gives off the vibe that he's better than a lot of the people he interacts with. There was just something off about these two characters in this book, and although I enjoyed the book immensely, I didn't love them as much as I did in the previous two books.
If you are a fan of the first two Gabriel's Inferno books, you will love this conclusion. I ate it up. The book ends PERFECTLY. I love the thoughts going through Gabriel's head towards the end. The last few sentences are beautiful. I love the journey Reynard has taken Julia and Gabriel on. This was a wonderfully romantic love story with a happy ending for Julia and Gabriel. I can't wait to see where Reynard takes us next. I know this isn't the last time we'll see Gabriel and Julia, although at this point, I think this is the last time we will see them starring in a book. I look forward to the paranormal adventures awaiting us!
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