Saturday, December 7, 2013
Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard: Clare's Review and a LOUBOUTIN GIVEAWAY!!!!!!
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.
This is the third book in the Gabriel's Inferno series. I loved the first two in the series and it was supposed to be over and done with but the author surprised us by continuing their story. And I'm sooooo glad he did! In Redemption, you really get into the depth of Gabriel and Julianne's relationship, and into their lives. You see their lives move forward, together. What happens after the HEA?
These books are...intellectual. (It's weird I like that, right?!) Ordinarily, I am a bit turned off when writing is too formal, especially the dialogue. Usually it doesn't flow and it just doesn't seem real. It's hard for me to be absorbed into the story and get out of my head. I also don't usually like it when people are smarter than me. Sylvain Reynard IS genuinely smarter than me, but it's okay cause he's also clearly into hotness.
In these stories, Redemption in particular, the formality is interspersed with realisms. And it's done in such a way that academia becomes approachable and sexy. Julianne and Gabriel have a loving, fun, and quirky relationship. But they are still growing and learning about each other. And boy do they have a lot to learn!! It is very apparent through the story how much they love and care for each other. It is fascinating to see Gabriel struggle to become a married man; he has to think beyond himself, to compromise, to consider, and to feel. In a way, it was a coming of age tale for Gabriel, which we don't usually see in a 35 year old.
At least in books....in real life it's probably more common...I digress.
Julianne is young, and wise beyond her years, but she has to grow out of being her husband's student, and subordinate, into being an equal. In strong relationships, we push each other and challenge each other to grow, to face our fears and our pasts, and to communicate, while maintaining a balance of love and respect. It's tricky! And so much harder when the relationship is new and outside forces (mainly our pasts) threaten us. Julianne and Gabriel battle all of this, and it's hard and emotionally taxing. I knew from reading the first two books that I would need time to read this one. It's not a skimmer. You will miss out on bits and pieces that draw you in and keep you captivated...even when you don't 100% understand the references. If you have the space in your mind, and an openness of said mind, read these books. And if you've already loved the first two, you will not be disappointed in Gabriel's Redemption.
Now, in true Whoreder fashion, I have one problem....
WHY don't they do it when she's on the rag?? I don't get it. I mean...I get there may be a day or two you're not into it, and maybe you don't do...everything....but an entire week of celibacy every month???? I just...I don't get it...
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Bio: 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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