I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine.
Songs of Solomon 6:3
Wow this book made me love the series so much more. This was quite a journey. Gabriel and Julia both changed so much throughout this book. You get to see them grow and heal. I thought that Gabriel changed a lot in the first book, but it was nothing like who he was by the end of this book. He was almost a different person.
I so throughly enjoyed their story. I'm not going to go into depth about it because it really is an emotionally exhausting book, at least for me it was. But I will say that I loved how completely it was told. I have to say though that I was a little disappointed that something was left out. (view spoiler)[The whole child issue was never addressed after they had their talk about him wanting children. Julia said she would talk about it again when they were in a better place, relationship wise, and that she wasn't interested in being a parent while she was in school. I get that. But why wasn't there an epilogue, years down the road that showed us what happened? I wanted to read about her first finding out she was pregnant or giving birth and Gabriel holding his very own child for the first time. I craved it actually. After all the guilt and pain he had over Maia. I really wanted experience his joy at being a father. (hide spoiler)]
The author hints at writing a 3rd book but what is left to be told? They are married and happy. I don't want to see them unhappy anymore. Maybe a third book would address the issue I felt was left out of this book, but I really don't think another whole book is needed for that. Not if it is going to be painful. If Sylvain Reynard does put out a third book I pray that Gabriel and Julia are not torn apart and that their relationship is not strained. I like reading about them being happy together, so PLEASE Mr Reynard if you read this PLEASE don't put your characters through any more pain. I don't think I could bear to read it. :(
"I love you too. I love you far too much, I'm sure. But I don't know how to love you any other way."
I loved this. This was when Julia went to Professor Picton's house for dinner. The last line cracked me up.
"This is lovely." Julia smiled, in an effort to mask her nervousness. She was intimidated by the fine bone china, crystal, and silver candlesticks that Katherine had set atop a white damask tablecloth that looked as if it had been ironed.
(Not even the linens would dare to wrinkle without Professor Picton's permission.)