2013-12-03

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.


Gabriel's Redemption is now available!



Summary

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.

Raum's Review

I heartily recommend it because...
- it's well written. Let's enjoy an excerpt:
"I'm the reason you're constantly falling back to earth." Gabriel's blue eyes were earnest and searching. "I drag you from the stars — from where you belong."

She gave him a sad smile. "It's the human condition. We're bound to fall."

He stopped dancing, his eyes boring into hers. "You should never have to fall, Julianne."
 
For sure SR has a great way with words, right?

- it's well researched. I live in Italy, I've visited Florence many times, but visiting it through the eyes of Julia and Gabriel, and through SR's descriptions, makes me fall in love with the city again and again. Close your eyes after reading the following passage. What do you feel?
It was their last night in Florence. They'd spent the evening dining at a romantic restaurant overlooking the Arno River. Then they'd wandered the narrow streets before arriving at the Loggia dei Lanzi. From this vantage point, they could watch the Piazza della Signoria come to life after dark.

Tourists and locals milled about the Piazza or enjoyed a drink at one of the caf├ęs. Nearby, a string quartet played Verdi, filling the square with a beautiful melancholy.

Julia watched in fascination as street vendors launched glowing cylinders into the air, the toys sparkling like firecrackers against the ink black sky. But always, the objects would fall to the ground, their brief foray into the heavens ended by gravity.
 - SR can be inspiring, romantic, and ironic at the same time:
"Move your hand any higher and we're going to get arrested," she whispered.

His eyes appeared to darken. "It will be worth it."

She placed her hand over his, stopping the slow, teasing ascent.

"I think we've been the subject of enough scandals, Professor."
  
About the Author

Sylvain Reynard is interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. SR's 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.

The author is 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. SR combines 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." (Sylvain Reynard).

For more information, see SR's Twitter account.

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