- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (5 Dec. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405912456
- ISBN-13: 978-1405912457
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gabriel's Redemption (Gabriel's Inferno) Paperback – 5 Dec 2013
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About the Author
Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. Sylvain's previous novels in this series, Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture, are also published by Penguin.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ok here goes....the author obviously knows his stuff about literature and art, or he researched well. His writing flowed and the story was easy to follow. The books have been well edited. He tied up the loose ends nicely and Karma bumped the bad guys. The story was a love story and I did actually feel that there was a genuine love between Gabriel and Julianne. That's where my 4* rating can be justified.
Did I enjoy it? Kind of. Would I read it again? No. Could Gabriel become my book boyfriend? Definitely not!
Part of the problem was it being categorised as Erotica. There was nothing erotic about this book, it was a good old fashioned love story with Mills & Boon sex scenes. You know the type, just when you thought it was getting good.... they woke up in each others arms! If I buy a book classified as Erotica, I expect it to be more graphic.
I felt that I was being lectured throughout the books. If I wanted to know the ins and outs of Dante, then I'd buy a Dante book!! There were far too many pages quoting Dante then explaining Dante.
The author himself has said he talks in an old fashioned way; that might be what floats some people's boat but not mine. It was overkill.
The whole trilogy can best be described as pretentious. If you take out the high brow arty stuff, all you are left with is a nice love story.
I wouldn't recommend this trilogy to others, but if you've already read the first two books then you may as well read the last book.
I am actually quite disappointed with it all as I've followed the hype and was looking forward to reading this and adding to my book boyfriends but it left me feeling cheated.
The characters began to grate on me. Could someone really put up with a man like Gabriel? So controlling and obsessed with Julianne - one would feel 'suffocated', being told what to do, what to wear, where to buy clothes - it was almost as though they were in a mentally abusive relationship.
The constant reference to designer labels was boring - I really hate it when I come across this in a book. What's the point of it, and it seemed at odds with Julianne's character. Who cares about the brand of a fountain pen or a pair of shoes?
Also, I found all the sub-stories boring. I was pleased that Paul could move on, but all the family saga stuff was tedious.
Rather disappointing all in all.
"Charity is a great virtue, and so is faith. But hope means the most to me. This is hope."
To say that I have been eagerly awaiting this book is a massive understatement...It seems like I have waited FOR-EV-ER...So once I could, I opened it up and dived right in!
It was great to see Julia and Gabriel working their way through married life, they have come on so far since Gabriel's Inferno. Gabriel is now a professor at Boston University and Julia is studying for her PhD at Harvard. If I am being honest, not much really happens as in storyline and plot, well nothing majorly dramatic, but we are treated to the beautiful writing of Sylvain Reynard as he takes us through a period of their marriage.
Gabriel has a lot of demons to fight in this book. He finds that he is being held back by certain elements of his past and he finally decides that he needs to put these to rest so that he can give 100% to his life and marriage, some of these he feels the need to fight alone.
"You tell me that I'm safe in your bed. But I want you to know that you're free in mine. All the baggage, all the things from our past, they don't matter here."
There is no debating at all throughout this book how well these two are suited. They are actually perfect for each other. They have now been together 8 years and are even more in love than ever and this radiates from the pages. Through Sylvain's writing, you feel it, you are enveloped by it and you are drawn into their life. Their emotional connection is intense and their physical connection is just off the charts!!
"So how good was the sex we just had? On a scale of one to transcendent?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I waited for this one to come out and perhaps this series should have been left with the two books. Too drawn out and unnecessary in my opinionPublished 2 months ago by the phattlady
I've just finished this book and have enjoyed it (and the first two in the trilogy) so much. I have read (and enjoyed) 50SOG and though I can see some similarities in terms of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Happyogababe
I loved all three books wish there was just one more, can't believe it's finished, 😢 great series!!!!!
Now what will I read?
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
Foreword and quotes chosen by Rachel McEwan.
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A good read and one not to be put down as it keeps you wanting to know the next development in the storyPublished 5 months ago by skiop
Another book i could not put down, thrilled to the end. Excellent!Published 6 months ago by Mrs Sandra Fearon
Loved the whole series. A brilliant read and would highly recommend.
Found the characters to be very believable. Would love to see the story continue