Book Discussion: Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard (chapters 41-59)

Today’s discussion of Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard includes chapters 41-59

**This discussion may include spoilers through chapter 59**

What do you think about Gabriel wanting to investigate into his family? Do you find his decision appropriate or not?

Tamie: I believe that under the circumstances he has every right to try to get information. He needs to know and I don’t blame him. I’d want to get all the info I could get my hands on.

Elena: Yes, I do. Gabriel has a lot of unanswered questions about his blood family, and he has every right to find the answers he’s looking for.

In these chapters there’s an interesting take on what it means to accept the grace that’s offered to us. Discuss…

Elena: As always, I love these parts in the books, and I agree with Julia. In order to heal, we need to accept the grace and forgiveness that God gives us. Gabriel says that he doesn’t feel worthy, but we’ll never be worthy, because we’re imperfect human beings who keep on sinning, but I believe God doesn’t give forgiveness to the “worthy ones” — he gives it freely to all those who ask for it, as imperfect as they may be. I think this is one of the best gifts God can give us.

Tamie: For me, the existence of grace is a concept which is extremely important and personal. I agree that Gabriel feels unworthy, but if it were based on worthiness very few would actually receive it. Elena says quite eloquently what I believe as well.

Gabriel has his vasectomy reversed. What were your feelings when this anticipated scene happened?

Tamie: I think this is a huge milestone for Gabriel. It represents such a change in attitude from not so long ago in terms of the story. This is just one of many reasons why I’m glad that SR decided to favor us with a third book. I believe when you have such wonderfully complicated characters that there are always new things to discover about them. This series is an amazing journey for Gabriel, and the vasectomy reversal is an important part of it.

Elena: Would I seem weird if I said that I had tears to my eyes? This surgery isn’t just a physical event, but it means so much more. Gabriel had the vasectomy done to him, because he felt unworthy of ever being a father. Now, by having his vasectomy reversed, he shows that he’s changed and he’s beginning to see he’s worthy of love, peace and fatherhood.

What do you think of Simon and April’s relationship?

Elena: I don’t feel like commenting on their relationship yet. Simon has always been a despicable character to me. I don’t know what to think of their relationship yet. It seems Simon loves April, and perhaps something is changing in him? But can we believe him? I need to know more.

Tamie: In a book full of surprises this was certainly a big one for me. I never expected Simon to play a part in it. I’m not sure what to think at this point. Simon was so awful in the past and I don’t know if I ever thought he could actually have a truly loving relationship. We’ll see…

We finally get to know what was written in the card that Gabriel had written to Julia, but that she had torn up. Discuss...

Tamie: HUGE moment for me people…HUGE! I have wanted to know for over 2 years what was in that note and FINALLY we get to know. Huge hugs and thanks to SR for giving us this detail. It’s so Gabriel too. LOVED IT!

Elena: The content of the card was so beautiful!! Gabriel has always a way with words…I wish Julia had kept it 😉 I love Shakespeare’s twenty-ninth sonnet. It’s one of my favorites. Personally, I would have framed the card 😉

Gabriel meets his half sister…What do you think of their meeting and what is your opinion of Kelly?

Elena: Well, that was a surprise, but I’m happy that Gabriel met his half-sister. She seems a lovely woman and she loves her half-brother. It’s evident from her words and actions. Furthermore, she was the one that contacted him, and that speaks volumes. I’m happy she’s helping Gabriel put together the pieces of the puzzle that is his past.

Tamie: I think it was another wonderful gift in a book full of them. I love that Gabriel has another person in his life who’s important, and who is so willing to help him to learn about his past. I understand his initial distrust, but am glad he went with it.

At one point Julia encourages Gabriel to forgive his parents and says “Forgiveness frees you. It’s for you, as much as for them.” Do you agree with her?

Tamie: I think forgiveness can be very difficult, and I do believe it’s a choice. It doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten, but that you’re ready to move past the anger and hurt. I think it can be very freeing.

Elena: Another scene where Julia shines. Yes, I agree. It’s difficult to do this. There’s no denying that. Especially when you’ve been badly hurt by people who should have protected you. In Gabriel’s case, his blood parents weren’t real parents. But forgiveness heals the soul. Holding anger and resentment makes you miserable, while forgiveness frees you in some way, like Julia says. And if we forgive those that have wronged us, we can be forgiven by those people that we’ve wronged. Again it’s very difficult, but giving it a try doesn’t hurt. Quite the opposite, actually.

Your favorite quote(s):

Tamie: If there was one line that stuck out and to me is such a great example of why I love SR’s writing it is this beauty…

“For you, my love, I would endeavor to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet.”

Elena: “For you, my love, I would endeavor to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet.”

“You’re the only woman who ever persuaded me to give my heart. And you still seduce me, Mrs Emerson. Every day.”

“You can’t control all of life’s circumstances, but you can control your reactions to them.”

Your favorite paragraphs:

Elena: I can’t choose this time. There are too many.

Your favorite scenes:

Tamie: Desk sex, and meeting his sister.

Elena: When Gabriel has his vasectomy reversed and his meeting with his half sister.

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Now’s your chance to join in the discussion, and don’t forget…

We also have a sweet treat for those who take part thanks to SR and to his publicist Enn. Each week one lucky reader will have the chance to win a bookmark. All you have to do to enter is to join in our discussion in the comments by answering at least two of the questions posed by Elena or myself. Easy peasey folks. But wait…there’s more. Everyone who joins in EACH week will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a set of 4×6 photographs of the covers that SR has signed. SQUEEE! I know, I know…I’d love a set of those too!

We will announce the weekly winner at the end of the next discussion post, and to make things easier all bookmarks and the grand prize will go out after we reach the conclusion of the book.

Last weeks winner is: Mary Jo 

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4 thoughts on “Book Discussion: Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard (chapters 41-59)

  1. Steph says:

    In regards to Gabriel meeting his half sister: I definitely thought it was a great moment. It must had been a very strange feeling to meet someone who is equally a stranger and a relative. I really enjoyed the moment when Gabriel realized his grandfather was a famous professor. The intellectual traits run in the family!
    As for the topic of grace and forgiveness, I have to second Elena’s comment. It was beautifully written. God does not discriminate, He gives freely and gladly even if we are not seeking. We are imperfect, only God is perfect!
    Then finally, in regards to Gabriel reversing vasectomy. I thought it was also a huge moment. I think it really shows how much he has changed and grown. I saw it as his form of acceptance to allow himself to finally be happy. Gabriel vows to make Julia happy, but now he is allowing himself to be, too.

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  2. Mary Jo Toth says:

    In these chapters there’s an interesting take on what it means to accept the grace that’s offered to us. Discuss…
    This is a key element is Gabriel’s redemption of his life. Giving and receiving grace and forgiveness but ultimately realizing that he is worthy just like anyone else … the only criteria is to ask. I loved what Elena said since it is all about acknowledging your shortcomings and being willing to face that and ask God for forgiveness. This is probably one of the best ways we can show growth in our lives as we deal with all the emotions, situations, pressures … who doesn’t struggle with what is the right/best decision? I love this journey we have taken with Gabriel and Julianne when you think about where we started in Gabriel’s Inferno to where we are now … beautiful.

    What do you think of Simon and April’s relationship?
    I didn’t expect this at all and like Elena and Tamie, found Simon to be awful in the other books. I will say that I am enjoying getting to see where Simon and Natalie end up. I’m not sure if Simon has really changed and I hope that April isn’t a major casualty but I reserve judgment until the end of the book … not sure what else we will be revealed.

    Gabriel meets his half-sister…What do you think of their meeting and what is your opinion of Kelly?
    Loved this … I completely understood Gabriel’s hesitation but to have him meet someone who doesn’t hate him and wishes she had a relationship all along I feel can only be good for him. It was also wonderful to learn that his Dad didn’t completely abandon him which hopefully will give him some peace or comfort when he can wrap his head around everything Kelly revealed to him.

    Great questions as always!

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  3. Danielle says:

    What do you think about Gabriel wanting to investigate into his family? Do you find his decision appropriate or not?

    I thought it was good that Gabriel was investigating his family because he later learned that he had siblings and they seemed very genuine and gracious towards him. He learned a lot about his past and his father’s perspective as well. I think it gave him a little piece of mind.

    In these chapters there’s an interesting take on what it means to accept the grace that’s offered to us. Discuss…

    I think that humans are fundamentally weary of accepting grace from others because they may see themselves not worthy of it. It’s quite difficult for some people to come to terms with the idea of being forgiven for their past mistakes, when they hold so much weight. In this case, I think that Gabriel definitely feels unworthy of grace because he has seen himself in a negative way for so long. It’s hard to see yourself in a positive light when your life has been full of regret and unfortunate circumstances.

    Gabriel has his vasectomy reversed. What were your feelings when this anticipated scene happened?

    I was so proud of Gabriel in this scene! He has come a long way from when we first met him. From being heartbroken over Maia and doubting his existence, I feel like this was a huge step for him. He took a turn in the right direction because he is starting to realize how much goodness and love he has to offer the world.

    What do you think of Simon and April’s relationship?

    At first I was a little concerned about their relationship since April seemed to resemble Julia in many ways—her kindness and innocence. I don’t particularly like Simon after all the chaos he has caused in so many people’s lives, but I think he will turn around full circle by the end of story and we will learn to forgive him.

    We finally get to know what was written in the card that Gabriel had written to Julia, but that she had torn up. Discuss…

    I loved this moment. I kept waiting to read about what was actually written on the card. I’m glad SR chose to give us that information. It made me love Gabriel even more!

    Gabriel meets his half sister…What do you think of their meeting and what is your opinion of Kelly?

    I liked Kelly. She seemed to have Gabriel’s best interest at heart and nothing but love for her half-brother. Like Elena mentioned, Kelly initiated the meet-up, so I thought that showed a lot of substance to her character. She seemed very eager to meet her half brother and she spoke very kind words towards him.

    At one point Julia encourages Gabriel to forgive his parents and says “Forgiveness frees you. It’s for you, as much as for them.” Do you agree with her?

    I agree with Julia. Forgiveness does free you. It frees you from your demons and it lifts a weight from your shoulders where you don’t have to be burdened by it anymore. Julia always has wise advice to give, and I admire her for that. She loves her husband and wants to try her best to ease his pain.

    Your favorite quote(s):

    I agree with Tamie, this was my favorite quote of the whole book! It’s so beautiful and romantic! “For you, my love, I would endeavor to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet.”

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  4. Sandra Chatman says:

    I was very pleased to find out that Gabriel has siblings. I would love to read more about Gabriel’s past. My favorite quote is “For you, my love. I would endeavor to pluck the stars from the sky, only to shower them at your feet”. So in love with this Gabriel. ❤

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