Series: Gabriel's Inferno #3
Published by Penguin on December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 her 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.
“For you, my love, I would endeavor to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet.”
I love this series and I will be honest and say that this is the one series that I have reread more than any. I appreciated how multi- faceted it was. It not only portrays a story of reconnecting between lost souls of Dante and Beatrice but it also talks of an astounding love between a family while also bringing literature and the arts and even religion into light as well.
In Gabriel’s Redemption, we find the couple married and enjoying marital bliss. After the trials that they’ve been through in the first and second book, you would think that everything in their relationship to be perfect but it isn’t so. Gabriel is far more mature and accomplished in his career while Julianne is just starting to build a name for herself. While there is no competition between them their ideas in their field of study that they are both passionate about do differ. This is not something that comes easy for Gabriel – to be more supportive rather than argumentative when his once student brings new ideas to the table.
“It’s hard for me to be a student in the same field as you. I always feel as if I’m always trying to catch up.”
Given that Gabriel is so much older and that he his now content and happy in their marriage his priorities also have changed. He wants nothing more than to start a family with Julianne, but she is not at that point in life. She is torn between achieving her dreams versus giving her husband what he wants most in the world. The guilt is eating at her and the one time she meets with Paul all those feeling and emotions swirling their friendship emerge and come to the surface.
” I’m not waiting in the wings. But it’s hard for me to see you with him…”
The story does not only revolve between the couple which was unexpected for me. Christa once again shows her obnoxious side and is still trying to capture the professors attention. We also get a glimpse into the life of the other couples in the series such as Scott and Tammy, Rachel and Aaron and surprisingly Tom and Diane. Richard also played a vital role in this story. He was very supportive. Since he once experienced that deep connection with his Grace his advice to the newlyweds was moving and inspiring.
“…learning to fight fairly is an art, not a science. It took your mother and me a long time to figure it out. But once we did, we rarely argued. And when we did it wasn’t hurtful. If you argue with Julia while still convincing her that you love her and that she’s important to you, your conflicts will be easier to manage.”
Through it all they learn to compromise and grow together. Despite their differences, the heated intellectual debates, and their quarrels their love remains so profound, their past and present is so tightly intertwined, their connection so deep they can conquer anything as long as they are together. (Oh yeah, don’t let me forget to mention that the makeup sex is always AMAZING!)
As a reader, one of my goals is to find that one story that talks of true love and this series definitely delivers what I am looking for. How the author was able to capture every emotion explicitly is remarkable. Nothing compares to Gabriel and Julia’s story of reconnecting with your soul mate and in my opinion it will be years before another comes along to top this one.