Tina’s Books and Tunes: Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard


Gabriel’s Rapture is the second book in the Gabriel Series.  SR  did an amazing job with all three of them, but this one is my favorite. It takes the reader on a heart-wrenching journey, and evokes all kind of emotions. I don’t think I ever cried so much while reading a book. With all that, I enjoyed the literature, art and music mentioned in it. (it still amazes me how much I learned while reading this series)

Gabriel’s Redemption  – the third and last book in the series, is on the shelves… so go get it if you haven’t yet. It’s the perfect ending to this beautiful trilogy.

Here are the songs for Gabriel’s Rapture:

Gaudete ~ Mediaeval Babes a Christmas Carol that was composed in the 16th century and performed by so many;  and yet SR chose this choir for the next scene. Very fit, don’t you think? 🙂 

He plugged his iPhone into the sound system so they could continue enjoying his Loving Julianne playlist. Then he took her into his arms as they sat on the floor, finishing their wine, while the sounds of medieval chant swirled around their heads. They were naked, wrapped in blankets, and unashamed.
“The music is beautiful. What is it?” She closed her eyes as she focused on the female voices, which were singing a cappella.
‘Gaudete’ by The Mediaeval Baebes. It’s a Christmas song.”

Latin – “Gaudete! gaudete! Christus est natus ex Maria Virgine: Gaudete!
Tempus adest gratiae, Hoc quod optabamus;
Carmina laeticiae Devote redamus.”

English – “Rejoice! Rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary: rejoice!
The time of grace has come, This that we have desired;
Verses of joy, Let us devoutly return.”

Until ~ Sting  I guess we all love Sting :). I had the opportunity to see him in concert this summer, he’s absolutely amazing! I think Plato heard Sting sing when he said “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

“Heaving a sigh of relief, Gabriel kissed her forehead. “I have other plans for you.”
He led her by the hand to the spacious washroom, pausing to press play on the stereo. The strains of Sting’s “Until” began to fill the room as they disappeared through the door.”

“If I caught the world in a bottle
And everything was still beneath the moon
Without your love would it shine for me?
If I was smart as Aristotle
And understood the rings around the moon
What would it all matter if you loved me?”

Mango ~ Bruce Cockburn I’ve never heard this song before, and I have to congratulate SR. This is what I call a sensual song fit for a perfect scene! You should try playing the song while reading this scene (or even better, listen to the audio version and close your eyes). I’ll guarantee you, it will fill all of your senses!!
“I needed to match the song to the fruit,” he said, his blue eyes sparkling. “Now lie back.”
She felt her heart rate begin to increase.
“You don’t need this.” Boldly, he pulled the sheet away. Now they were both naked.
“Who’s singing?”
“Bruce Cockburn.”
He began cutting the mango slowly, his eyes exploring Julia’s body.
She gave him a quizzical look. “Naked lunch?”

Very suggestive lyrics 😉 :
“She’s got a mango in her garden sweet as can be
she’s got a mango in her garden full of mystery
she’s got a mango in her garden an original tree
she’s got a mango in her garden shares it with me

I slip through the glistening gate
tide began to pound
tears of life poured over me
and ricocheted all around”

 Wintersong ~ Sarah McLachlan Every time I think of Paul, I feel sad. He’s such a good person and yet, so unhappy. This song describes exactly how he feels being without Julia, especially for Christmas. I’m hoping he’ll find happiness in the end.

“Merry Christmas, Rabbit.
I know it was a rough first semester and I’m sorry I didn’t do a better job of helping you when you needed it. I’m proud of you for not quitting. With a big Vermont hug
from your friend, Paul.
P.S. I don’t know if you’ve heard Sarah McLachlan’s “Wintersong”, but part of it made me think of you.”

“And this is how I see you
In the snow on Christmas morning
Love and happiness surround you
As you throw your arms up to the sky
I keep this moment by and by
Oh I miss you now, my love
Merry Christmas, merry Christmas,
Merry Christmas, my love”

Return to Me ~ Dean Martin An excellent romantic song with beautiful lyrics – Gabriel’s silent plea for forgiveness

“They walked slowly onto the dance floor just as “Return to Me” filled the air.
“I’m surprised you didn’t choose ‘Besame Mucho,’” she said.
Gabriel gazed into her eyes intensely. “I thought that we needed a new song. A new song for a new chapter.”
“I liked the old one.”
“We don’t have to forget the past,” he whispered. “But we can make the future better.”
“Return to me
For my heart wants you only
Hurry home, hurry home
Won’t you please hurry home to my heart

My darling, if I hurt you I’m sorry
Forgive me and please say you are mine”

I hope you enjoyed my music post. If you didn’t have a chance to read Gabriel Series, please do it. You won’t regret it!!!

Thanks everyone!

4 thoughts on “Tina’s Books and Tunes: Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard

  1. The Hunter says:

    Tina, you have a way of making these books come alive. I sense your excitement as I read your review. Thank you for the recommendation.


  2. Beautiful soundtrack for a BEAUTIFUL story 🙂 I finally got my Gabriel’s Redemption copies (the US copy on my shelf and the UK copy on my Kindle 😉 ) but I won’t be reading it until I’m done with my mid-term exams 😦 Guess I’ll have to make-do with posts from you and pictures of David Gandy 😀


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