Final Book Discussion: Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard (chapters 79-88)

Happy Sunday peeps!

Today is our last discussion of Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard. The chapters include 79-88 and we’d love for you to join in and comment. You could win a bookmark if you do 🙂

**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.

If you’d like 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.

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

10 thoughts on “Final Book Discussion: Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard (chapters 79-88)

  1. Julia is ready to give birth, and at some point it seems like she’s dying…What were you thinking while reading this scene?

    I was on the edge of my seat while i was reading the scene. I couldnt imagine Julia dying and not being able to meet her little girl and leaving Gabriel alone but i did also feel that with Gabriel’s change with the love Julia gave him he would be able to raise his little angel . I was really glad Julia didnt die that my heart skipped a beat with so much joy.

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  2. Were you happy with how the Gabriel’s Series ended?

    OMG! YES! It was such a beautiful and amazing ending. I couldnt have asked or hoped for anything more then the birth of their little angel Clare Grace Hope and the feeling that this journey is a new beginning for they.

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  3. Your favorite quote(s):

    “Hello, Spring Roll. I’m your daddy and I’ve been waiting to meet you for a long time . I love you so much.”

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  4. What will you bring with you from this series?

    I will bring the with me that no matter what a person has gone through in life the faith we find within ourselves and in God will get us through anything this world throws at us. Gabriel was so broken and his journey to find redemption through faith, hope and grace by allowing others especially Julia to love him and allowing himself to love them especially Julia and forgive himself got him to a place that he can now begin to live again. Julia and Gabriel’s love lives within all of us and SR did a great job showing us the path within ourselves to have it through their story.

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  5. Paul gets his happy ending. Thoughts?

    I am glad Paul was able to get a happy ending. Deep down he knew it was always Allison that he loved and I am glad he realized it in the end.

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  6. Your favorite scene(s):

    The ending is my favorite scene and the scene when Gabriel dreaming he was looking for Julia in the back of the house because he thought he had lost her and Grace appeared and told him to “Come back”, “You haven’t lost her”, “She isn’t gone”. That was a little emotional for me.

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  7. Your favorite paragraph(s):

    “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.” “Charity is a great virtue, and so is faith. But hope means the most to me. This is hope”. He gestures to the baby girl on his chest, swaddled in white and wearing a tiny knit cap.

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  8. Mary Jo Toth says:

    Paul gets his happy ending. Thoughts?
    Yes, it seemed only right/fair that Paul would get his HEA too. There were times when I hated that he was in the story at all but he was a good friend to Julia when she needed one the most and Paul is a genuinely good guy. It was also good to see that Allison was able to show growth in her life and admit her mistakes. It seems that have a great future ahead of them.

    Julia is ready to give birth, and at some point it seems like she’s dying…What were you thinking while reading this scene?
    My heart constricted as I read this scene. I was on the edge of my seat and reading in disbelief and was feeling Gabriel’s despair then ultimately joy/relief when the realization hits that Julia is ok. Gabriel’s first moments with his daughter were gut-wrenching as he believes Julia is gone and he has failed. When it was over I marveled at how well-crafted/written that scene was and all the emotions I went through while reading it.

    Loved how the series ended. Truly a wonderfully romantic journey that shows the true power of love and forgiveness. Thanks for leading me to this series. It has been a great ride!

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  9. Danielle says:

    Paul gets his happy ending. Thoughts?

    I was very happy for Paul when he and Allison got back together. I also agree that he deserves to be happy. I felt for Paul throughout the story because he was such a nice guy even when he was constantly getting his heart stepped on. I’m glad Paul and Allison worked things out.

    Julia is ready to give birth, and at some point it seems like she’s dying…What were you thinking while reading this scene?

    OMG!! I was freaking out! I was like no this can’t be happening! But, I’m so glad she was alright, although she gave me a big scare.

    Were you happy with how the Gabriel’s Series ended?

    I was happy with how it ended, but I really would like it to continue. I love the relationship between Julia and Gabriel and I would love to see how married life treating them. I would also like to see how they’re handling being first time parents. This was the best series I’ve read in awhile and it holds a place near and dear to my heart.

    What will you bring with you from this series?

    I will always remember to be kind to others no matter what they have done in their past. Everyone deserves redemption (even Simon) and forgiveness. It’s often difficult to see past people’s wrong doings, but once we do we realize that there’s so much more to admire. Humans make mistakes, but the important thing is that we learn from them or help others learn from them.

    Your favorite quote(s):

    “This is the culmination of all my hopes Gabriel.” “This is my happy ending.”

    Your favorite paragraph(s):

    “I told him that the greatest virtue isn’t charity; it’s home. 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 our daughter.”

    Your favorite scene(s):

    When Gabriel and Julia were deciding what to name their daughter & the ending ☺

    I loved this book so much and I enjoyed participating in all of the discussions. I had a lot of fun!!

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  10. Steph W. says:

    Paul gets his happy ending. Thoughts?
    I’m also very happy for Paul. He deserves his happily ever after with a woman who has loved him for a long time even after their separation. I really believe that Paul will have a great life ahead!

    Julia is ready to give birth, and at some point it seems like she’s dying…What were you thinking while reading this scene?
    OMG! It was so intense reading that part especially when Gabriel was left outside of the OR. I was gasping and yelling while I was reading it, but I had faith that SR would give us a HEA that Gabriel and Julia so desperately deserved. It was emotional FOR SURE!!

    Were you happy with how the Gabriel’s Series ended?
    Very much so! I had only discovered Gabriel’s Series, so I was able to read all three books without waiting. And as a new fan, I have nothing but love, praises, and enormous support for SR, Gabriel and Julia! It’s so beautifully written with so much emotion and lessons on love, faith, hope, forgiveness, and redemption. It’s magnificent.

    Your favorite scene(s):
    The ending!

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