Happy Sunday peeps!
**This discussion contains spoilers if you haven’t read the book yet**
Paul gets his happy ending. Thoughts?
Elena: I’m so happy for him! He deserves to have a happy life with a woman who can love him unconditionally, and I’m glad he and Allison get back together.
Tamie: Since it doesn’t involve Julia, who never belonged with him anyways (IMO), I’m happy that Paul got his HEA. I may not have been a huge fan (because I always saw him as an interloper) but he really was a nice guy, and he deserved to find love with someone who would and could return the same level of love.
Julia is ready to give birth, and at some point it seems like she’s dying…What were you thinking while reading this scene?
Tamie: This whole scene was super emotional to read for me, and honestly I wondered if SR would really make us go through such a devastating event. For the record I would’ve been more pissed than I can express. Thank heavens she didn’t die, and their daughter was fine as well.
Elena: I was scared at first, but the possibility that the story could have ended up tragically never crossed my mind. I had faith everything would have turned out well, and thankfully it did. But my heart kind of stopped for a second during that scene.
Were you happy with how the Gabriel’s Series ended?
Elena: Yes, absolutely. I couldn’t hope for a better ending. As I said before, I couldn’t stop my happy tears from flowing.
Tamie: OMG! Yes! It was just beautiful. It was also difficult knowing it was the end…or at least we think so…
What will you bring with you from this series?
Tamie: My journey with this series began in July of 2011, so I have a lot invested in these characters. It’s hard to let go of characters that you love so much, and I was beyond thrilled when SR gave us a 3rd book. I’ve done a great many rereads of the first two, and I expect that I’ll repeat that for the entire series. The wonderful thing about a reread is that I always seem to discover something that speaks to me on a different level than the first time I read it. Sometimes a single sentence will suddenly jump out at me and give me that WoW! moment that we readers love to have. There’s a lot to take from these books…romance, passion, love, hope, forgiveness, and grace. The art, literature and music we’re exposed to is a bonus to us from SR. I was familiar with some of it but it took on fresh meaning seen through the eyes of the characters. Other things were new to me which is always fun. The characters are deeply embedded in my heart…especially Gabriel who I connected with immediately. With all of that tho, it is the sheer beauty of the writing itself that is a gift to me as a reader, and which elevates these books to a higher level personally. For that alone I would love this series and be deeply grateful to SR.
Elena: There are a lot of things that I’ll bring with me, but what I’ll always cherish is the message of hope and forgiveness and how much they can change people’s existence. Gabriel’s life is the symbol of how second chances can transform a person and of how kindness always leaves a mark.
Your favorite quote(s):
Tamie: “To his shock and dismay, he was clad only in his underwear, a cheeky pair of boxer shorts that had the phrase Medievalists Do IT in the Dark (Ages) printed all over them in phosphorescent lettering.”
“Their eyes met and Gabriel felt as if his entire world stopped.”
Elena: “To his shock and dismay, he was clad only in his underwear, a cheeky pair of boxer shorts that had the phrase Medievalists Do IT in the Dark (Ages) printed all over them in phosphorescent lettering.”
Your favorite paragraph(s):
Elena and Tamie: “I discovered charity with Richard and Grace, but also with you. And it helped me through some very dark days. I also discovered faith, when I went to Assisi. But without hope I wouldn’t be here. I would have taken my life. Without divine intervention in the form of a teenage girl in a Pennsylvania orchard, I’d be in Hell and not sitting at your side holding your daughter.”
Your favorite scene(s):
Tamie and Elena: The ending.
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It’s always hard to come to the ending of anything you love, and Elena and I thank all those read the discussions and especially those who joined in! Special thanks to SR and Enn for the bookmark giveaway 🙂
Tamie and Elena