SAY IT ISN’T SO!?!?!
Say it isn’t over!
Tell me there’s more! I don’t think I can go on!
Alright, now that I’m done being dramatic we can get down to business.
I don’t know if Gabriel’s Redemption can be classified as suspense…but damn… There was one section in the book that had my heart POUNDING! If there wasn’t a happy ending I was going to be one seriously angry reader!
Thankfully there was a happy ending and this reader is well-pleased!
This final installment to the Gabriel’s Inferno series was beautifully concluded with happy endings all around. However it left this reader wanting a little bit more.
Professor Gabriel Emerson is now happily married to the love of his life, his Beatrice, Julianne Mitchell. They have started a new life together, built a home in Cambridge, now all Julia wants to do is to finish her studies in order to become a Dante specialist. But all is not well in paradise. Just like any married couple they find themselves out of the honeymoon stage and have gone straight to bickering. Julia wants to achieve academic success by her own merits, but Gabriel has his own theories about how she should proceed with her research, especially when she’s invited to give a lecture at Oxford. The Emersons don’t only argue about their academic future but also about whether or not they want to start a family. This popular topic drives Gabriel to do research on his family history which ultimately leads to some eye-opening discoveries that lie in his bloodline.
Book 1 was all about finding love again, finding each other and falling back into love. Book 2 was about learning how to live together, how to adjust, and then how to forgive those we hold dear. In the final book, Gabriel’s Redemption, it’s all about compromise, communication, and being open and honest with one another. Both Gabriel and Julianne learn that they can’t face everything alone, and can’t carry the weight of their worries on their own shoulders. It isn’t noble and it isn’t helping anyone. Being married means that you don’t have to face problems on your own, that you have someone to help you. Gabriel, having been alone for so long is used to getting his way and has to learn that someone else’s happiness must come before his. And Julianne must learn to accept help, especially from her husband.
As much as I loved this novel I felt that there were a few questions left unanswered. The questions weren’t as important as Julianne and Gabriel’s story but I felt that they deserved justice.
What happened to Tom and Diane’s baby?
Do Paul and Allison get back together?
Do Rachel and Aaron get pregnant?
What’s life like for Julia and Gabriel after their baby is born?
I do wish there were some more chapters, maybe a novella or an epilogue, SOMETHING MORE! It just…and I’m sorry I know the book is long enough but the way it ended just felt like a cop-out. There was just so much more to be said even though Gabriel was right, his baby was just the beginning of his happy ending…I’m just being selfish and WANTED MORE!
Just because you find your happy ending doesn’t mean the honeymoon phase is going to last forever.
Couples, like Gabriel and Julianne are going to have to work at their happiness even more now that they’re married. But they love each other immensely, and Gabriel worships her, holding onto that love and doing whatever he can to prove himself, to her which I think is extremely honourable and selfless of him. There is no one who will love her more than him and he promises to work at it every day. This is a trait that every man should have and every woman should be lucky to find. In this respect I truly envy Julia.
“Every night when I fall asleep with her in my arms, I thank God she’s mine. Every morning when I wake up, my first thought is that I’m grateful she married me. I will never be worthy of her. But I spend every day trying my damnedest.”
Book 3 was not my favourite but can still attribute greatly to Reynard’s amazingly eloquent style of writing. Book 1 will always be the one that has a place in my heart, with all its HEAT, FIRE, and PASSION! Gabriel and Julianne have worked hard to achieve their happy ending, I only wish my own story could be half as good as theirs.
4/5 Hearts of Love