Finding Gabriel

Finding Gabriel

by Rachel L. Demeter

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ISBN-13: 9781760300463
Publisher: Momentum
Publication date: 09/24/2015
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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Finding Gabriel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of historical romance and, any well-written book that bears this label, has always been close to my heart. The story Rachel L. Demeter has chosen to bring to life – that of a tormented man saved by a woman, who manages to convince him that he isn’t the person he thought he was – became one of the best I have read so far. After losing his family and experiencing the tragedy of wars and countless fights, Colonel Gabriel de Laurent makes up his mind and decides to kill himself. Without any trace of faith or hope, the last thing he expects is to be saved from his own doing and be given a second chance. “Broken and alone, Gabriel had returned from the battlefields months earlier. And he’d departed for the war fully intending to die. But things hadn’t gone according to his plan.” Ariah Larochelle has been through a lot in her life, but she still has a lot of goodness left in her soul. When she stumbles across a wounded soldier who only has minutes left to live, she immediately decides to take him under her roof. Both Gabriel and Ariah are survivors of awful events that marked their lives and themselves. Their relationship unfolds beautifully and, together, they heal each other’s wounds. “Thoughts of Ariah and his past invaded his mind, refusing to grant him rest. He wanted to hate her – non, he wanted to despise her – for thwarting his plan. He’d finally mustered her courage to do what should have done long, long ago… then she’d appeared. Indeed, she’d appeared within the darkness, like a lighthouse among the jagged sea cliffs, steering him away from destruction.” I fell in love with their story immediately. Gabriel’s stubbornness and passion and Ariah’s compassion and capacity of love made this book even more marvelous. Also, the other characters made the book even more endearing to me. The author’s writing is simply alluring and flows naturally as she vividly portrays her characters and the Paris of the nineteenth century. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rachel L. Demeter, you did it again! You skillfully bring your reader thru a heady experience, no emotion goes untouched. Historical Romance is truly your genre. You definitely do your homework, the historical accuracy is so acute, the slightest nuances brought to the readers attention, and the romance is Ooh La la! Reading Finding Gabriel I felt transported back in time and Paris comes alive with all your delicious characters. You remind me of one of my favorite authors Diana Gabaldon who wrote the Outlander series, I liken your writing to hers in the way you develop your characters and how your gifted in your ability to transport your reader to another place in time and if I might add it was the best vicarious sex I've had since reading Ms. Gabaldon's novels! Looking forward to reading your next book.
KRudeseal More than 1 year ago
Rachel Dementer did it again with Finding Gabriel. Her attention to every minute detail and her ability to draw you in to her stories is amazing. She continues to intrigue me with her beloved characters and confounding storylines. Finding Gabriel was a beautifully written story about war, love and loss. You fall in love with the main characters General Gabriel de Laurent, a PTSD, suicidal soldier. Ariah Larochelle, orphan, surviver and faithful wife. Their tragic love story will wrench your heart and make you fall in love all at the same time. Romantic, exciting, raw emotion are only a few words to describe Finding Gabriel. Rachel Demeter sent me an ARC for an honest review. Finding Gabriel was a wonderful story. I could hardly put it down and then couldn't wait to pick it back up! I highly recommend anyone to read Finding Gabriel.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
With its stunning opening chapter, I was hooked on this novel -- deeply hooked. From the horribly disfigured, tragically romantic hero, to the kind and loving heroine, to the fascinating storyline, I enjoyed this novel from first page to last. The romance between the two unfolds slowly, steadily, built out of respect and admiration. Both had painful pasts, both face an uncertain future, but as their emotional bonds strengthen, so does the story. At times, the story left me in tears. heartbroken, yet at other times, I cheered or laughed. Sometimes, the flashbacks slowed the story, but that is a small matter. The strength of this story is in the plot and the deeply complex characters that are so vivid, so real, they completely won me over. Definitely not your run-of-the mill romance, this is a great book for those who are not big fans of that genre to try out. I definitely recommend this book! Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Stephanie-Bookfever More than 1 year ago
Finding Gabriel was unlike any books I've read before. It was exquisite, personal, emotional and I just loved it so much. It took me a good six days to finish it but it never got boring. All I know is, I want to read more by this author! This book felt a bit like a mix between Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera. In fact I like this one just as much (if not a little bit more), which is a huge deal since I'm a huge fan of both those stories. The story starts quite shockingly with Colonel Gabriel de Laurent trying to kill himself. This is where Ariah Larochelle, a mother of a six-year-old girl, finds him, severely wounded. In spite of not knowing who is is, Ariah rescues him and brings him to her home to heal him. At first Gabriel finds himself angry with Ariah but the more he gets the know her the more he admires her strenght and feels a close connection to her, which Ariah also feels. My first thought when I finished Finding Gabriel was: this is utterly beautiful. And it really was for so many reasons. One of them was how both Gabriel and Ariah were broken, with scars inside and in Gabriel's case out. But when they found each other they slowly started healing. That was amazing. This book was really emotional, in my opinion. I must admit that I shed a few tears (which is something I almost never do with reading). I felt myself really invested in the characters and I wanted Gabriel, Ariah and her little girl to have the happy ending they deserved. This book was heavy on the romance but it wasn't too much, you know? It felt exactly right. Even when life got in the way for Ariah and Gabriel I still felt the love and connection they shared. I especially loved the scenes between Gabriel and Ariah's daughter Emmaline. They simply melted my heart. The writing also was gorgeous. Actually, that was one of my favorite parts of this book and I was practically inhaling every sentence because it was written in such a beautiful way. I'm definitely keeping an eye on the author's future books. I just want more stories like this!
KimRocha More than 1 year ago
Desperation and despair makes Colonel Gabriel de Laurent want to end his life. Resolved to end it all, Gabriel winds up along the River Seine on a snowy night with a pistol in his mouth. Unfortunately for him, the pistol does not do its job very well and Gabriel winds up on the brink of death. Ariah Larochelle has had a difficult life, to say the least. Left an orphan at a young impressionable age then betrayed by her best friend, she has had to fight to survive. Trust is a serious issue with this now mother of a young daughter. Ariah lives among poverty awaiting the return of the husband who left for war years before. When she comes across the barely alive Gabriel, her survival instincts flip into high gear as she takes him to her modest home and tasks herself with saving the stranger's life. Gabriel's injuries are disfiguring, but that isn't the least of it. Ariah's beloved Dr friend tells her that from the wounds, it is obvious there was no foul play involved,but that what occur ed was bu his own hand. Ariah struggles to understand what could bring someone to do that. Even with all that has happened to her in her short life, survival was always the only choice for her. Nursing Gabriel back to health is a job for a saint, for at first he resents that he is still alive and permanently scarred not only on the outside, but to the very depths of his being. The more the inconsolable Gabriel spends time with Ariah and her little family, the more he comes to appreciate the second chance he has been given, but those dark secrets of his past still chip away at his soul and it seems the only one who can bring the light to his dark is Ariah. She holds secrets in her heart as well that have shaped the way she has become, but with Gabriel's presence, Ariah sees that there could be a chance for her to trust and love. FINDING GABRIEL by Rachel L. Demeter is a gut wrenching tale that tugs at the reader's heartstrings and brings tears to your eyes. This story is not for the faint of heart. It is gritty and real and will evoke emotion. I couldn't put it down. Both Ariah's and Gabriel's stories prior to their meeting are emotional roller coasters. Ms. Demeter's sweeping description of the times and the characters feelings is brilliant, I felt like I was right there alongside Ariah and Gabriel. FINDING GABRIEL is a story that will remain with me for a while for the journey to that HEA almost broke me. Bravo Ms. Demeter for such a memorable tale.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
In my eyes being introduced to new and gifted writers to read is one of the greatest joys in life so I cannot express how excited I was to come across Rachel L. Demeter. The buzz around her did not do justice to the actual experience of reading one of her books. While her talent was hinted at in comparisons to other writers of note her writing genius is uniquely her own. Eloquent writing paired with detailed research, Finding Gabriel is an exceptional work! This novel was a multi sensory immersion with its word rich descriptions that transport the reader to a place that reaches within the pages of the author's book. Scarred both physically and mentally the empathy and understanding portrayed by the hero and heroine was both moving and enviable. Profoundly beautiful, Rachel L. Demeter's writing will saturate you in emotion and persist in your imagination far beyond when you have finished this extraordinary story. *I received this ARC via Netgalley.*
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter was a truly emotional read on so many levels. You have Gabriel who's seen and experienced heinous things not only at war, but in his own home. Then you have Ariah who was orphaned and then betrayed in the worst way by the only person she trusted and loved. These two are a mess to say the least. The writing paints a vivid, dark, and horrific picture of their experiences. It places you in these moments with the characters. Finding Gabriel had a Beauty and the Beast feel to it. I think both characters displayed a little beauty and a little beast in them. It's how they've survived. There was tremendous character growth between Gabriel and Ariah as individuals and together. There is light in their darkness, and it was beautiful watching them come to terms with their demons. Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
MJNeary More than 1 year ago
A few months ago I had the privilege of interviewing Rachel L. Demeter for my blog. I felt a kindred spirit right away. This angel-faced Californian who is still in her twenties has an old soul that understands torment and can write convincingly about it. After reading a few reviews for Finding Gabriel, I had high hopes, and the novel exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I applaud the author for taking risky chances and the publisher for keeping the integrity of the manuscript, with so many publishers slapping an age minimum on sexually active characters in the name of political correctness. My instant reaction was: "Wow, I've met these characters before ... Once upon a delicious nightmare." Gabriel and Ariah have always lived in my soul, in the depths of my imagination. The author taps into the darkest erotic archetypes that live in our collective psyche. You can sense the solid foundation of French and English Romanticism - Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Gaston Leroux, the Bronte sisters. Those authors used body horror sparingly and skillfully as a literary tool to create certain visual and emotional contrasts. You can tell that her robust talent bursts beyond the constraints of the romance genre. I have to say, the most powerful, poignant and memorable passages in the novel do not involve lovemaking. Although the romantic component was convincingly executed, it was the scenes of battle, violence and public mayhem that really sent shivers down my spine. I hope that the young author continues to expand her repertoire in the direction of horror, Dystopia and literary realism.
Leah More than 1 year ago
If you are bored of formula-romances with their perfect heroes, perfect heroines and perfectly predictable plots, pick up this dark romance! 5 stars plus the Legion of Honor medal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sensual writing: visual and tactile, with rich emotions. Would lend itself to be made as a powerful movie. Compelling, dramatic.
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
What a story! Not only does Demeter take readers completely and fully into the past she tells a hard hitting tale that takes a look at subjects that are big news and utterly prevalent in today’s society but that were apparent yet ignored at the time. The historical accuracy of the tale allowed me to immerse myself in the novel while the intimate plot kept me coming back for more. Demeter’s gritty writing brought this hard hitting story out in vivid clarity. Her descriptions allowed me to feel the darkness of the time while also allowing me to experience a short while in the lives of her characters. The characters came to life in a vivid way, the darkness surrounding them crowding in throughout. At the same time, their strength of character shone through. Seeing them rise above their situations was fantastic. That said, it never disappeared. It became part of who they were and the relationship between them. Demeter has written a hard hitting, emotionally fulfilling novel full of historical accuracy. It was a fantastic read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others. I’ll also be re-reading it time and time again. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Haunted by his memories, Colonel Gabriel de Laurent tries to take his own life. Things didn't go as planned and he is found by Ariah Larochelle on the banks of the River Seine. Thinking that he was attacked, Ariah takes Gabriel back to her place to nurse him back to health. Recognizing a kindred soul in each other, Gabriel and Ariah become close. But people and experiences in their past keep finding their way into their lives. Can Gabriel and Ariah overcome their past to get their HEA? This was a much darker novel than I usually read, but I did really enjoy it. Demeter is an excellent writer and her descriptions of the scenes in the story had me had me imagining myself in the very place. This is definitely not a light hearted read, but I definitely recommend reading it! Thanks go out to Momentum via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I expected good things from this story going in, I was impressed with Demeter’s ability to weave a story into historical events, and present the necessary background information, imbue it with evocative words and phrases that give the reader a solid sense of place, while giving characters life and breath on the page. She had brought this in my introduction to her work, The Frost of Springtime, so I was excited to receive an opportunity to review her new work. Set in 1815, with some flashbacks to pertinent moments, Gabriel de Laurent is back from the war, finding life and all he has lost too much to bear. A horribly broken man, he has decided that life is no longer worth the struggle, and he has decided to take his own life. Surely, this is not a ‘proper’ introduction to a character, but Demeter makes it work by placing one who is significantly younger and yet unbowed by the trials of her own difficult life in Ariah Larochelle. She takes in this wounded, close to death man, and decides he shall be her “project. With a touch of a slow start, and frequent insets from the past, these two characters are developing a backstory as their current moment progresses. We learn of their issues, their struggles and fears, and what has brought them each to this moment. Ariah’s steadfast (and near martyr-like patience) with Gabriel’s attitude are at times, wearing, but we see from the frequent moments inside each character’s head the changes and growth as it occurs. I wished for more direct interaction between the two, but several things hold back their willingness to share of themselves and take a chance at offering their hearts. Secondary characters help to fill out their relationship and the story, bringing in moments away from the underlying questions about the ‘will they or won’t they’ relationship status. As before, Demeter brought forth a lovely story rich in history with two characters that encourage you to read on, read more as you hope for their happy ending. A sense of fatalism follows both Ariah and Gabriel, and the story does carry the same tone, while moments of great joy shine brightly, these are not two characters who are happily moving through life. Perhaps that makes their connection feel more visceral: both have lost much, and realize the fragility of life and the bonds you make, but the gradual reliance on one another, the growing affection and connection are all the more present because of those overriding emotions imbedded in each page of this story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from the author for an honest review. It's a timeless love story that's been told many different ways but I want to read it again, it was just that beautiful. This one is about two broken people that have been hurt, betrayed, beaten and left alone in the past and how they find the ability to trust and let go with each other. First off I am not complaining but it would feel like I read most of the book but when I looked it would only be about 10%, the detail was good. It was enough to make you feel like you were experiencing it but not so much that it felt like it was dragging. I loved it! The descriptions totally made the movie in my head that much better, it felt like I was actually there, seeing what the characters saw. At times it was almost poetic, the way it was written. All the detail and what I call big words, like bourgeoisie (I only know what bourgeoisie is because of Phineas and Ferb lol). And the characters....I'm going to miss my friends now that I'm done. I shared their pain, joy, laughter, growth, and love.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. It did take me a bit to get into but the story is really good. This story takes place during Napoleon’s reign and tells the story of two different people and their struggle to come to terms with things that happened in their past. Gabriel lost his wife and daughter and blames himself for it. If only he would have been a better father and husband maybe they would still be alive. He joined Napoleon’s army and hoped that each battle would be his last. Ariah’s is struggles with things that happened to her after her father died. Her husband Jacques taught her to trust again but she couldn’t seem to open her heart to him. Jacques has been gone for several years serving in Napolean’s army. Ariah and her daughter Emmaline and waiting for him to come home. Ariah find’s Gabriel on the banks of the Sein on the brink of death. She brings him home and is determined to save him and help him heal. At first Gabriel is mad that he was saved he just wanted to die and be with his daughter. After some times he realizes this is his second chance and he isn’t going to waste it. Ariah finds herself drawn to Gabriel like no man before. With the fate of Jacques unknown this is hard for Ariah. She feels like she is betraying him in some way. She isn’t even sure that he is alive though. Gabriel fought in battle with Jacques and is startled when he realizes that Ariah is his wife. Gabriel and Ariah recognize the sadness in each other. They help each other move forward and work through their pasts. Will they have a future together? Will Jacques come back? I enjoyed reading this book. As I said it took me a bit to get into but once their pasts were laid out and they began to move forward and help each other I really started getting into the book. I felt for Ariah so has been through so much. Gabriel is a true soldier through and through. He was overcome with the need to protect Ariah and Emmaline. Realizing that he couldn’t do anything to change his past and that he would never forget his wife and daughter Ariah helped him work through his grief without even realizing it. He helped her as well. He showed her that not everyone is the same and that she could like intimacy. This book was so sad at times. There were some twists I didn’t see coming and enjoyed them a lot. I look forward to reading other books by Rachel L. Demeter in the future. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
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MelannD More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a Historical Romance that is historically accurate, emotional, unique.....and one you'll be unable to put down.....this is it!!! This book is so descriptive and well written.....I felt like I was there.....feeling and seeing everything right along with the characters. I can't wait to read more from this talented author.