Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Gabriel’s Promise” by Sylvain Reynard, Berkley, January 7, 2020
I was so thrilled to see that Sylvain Reynard, author of “Gabriel’s Promise” was writing the fourth installment of the Gabriel’s Inferno series. It has been at least 5 years since the last book, and the first three books are in the process of being adapted for film. The Genres for this novel are Contemporary Fiction and Contemporary Romance. The author describes his characters as complex and complicated. The timeline for the story is set in the author’s present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. Sylvain Reynard’s writing style includes vivid descriptions of literary characters, art, music, and architecture. The author also usually writes about love, redemption, and family.
Professor Gabriel Emerson ( I picture Henry Cavill with dark hair, or model David Gandy), is now married to his former student Julia. The Emersons now have a baby girl Clare. The Emersons are much more mature, and Gabriel promises that his wife and baby will always come first. The Professor is still involved with lectures on Dante, and Julia is finishing her coursework of Dante. Life in academia has political concerns, problems, and stressors.
There are certain situations that arise that are concerning and dangerous. Will it be safe for Gabriel to fulfill his obligations, and leave Julia and Clare in their home?
I was thrilled to visit these characters again, but I am very disappointed that there were some issues where there was no resolution, and I felt like I was left hanging. I am not sure if there will be another novel, but there was significant information that was missing that had me upset.
I think that one has to read the other 3 novels to understand what is going on. If you don’t mind being left “hanging”, I would recommend reading “Gabriel’s Promise”.