Rarely does a book leave such an impact on me, but I couldn’t get this story out of my head for days. Sylvain Reynard really takes his time to develop the characters thoughtfully and responsibly, and you are left with the feeling that you know these people, understand the reasoning behind their every action, and you finish their story hungry for more. A stunning love story between two flawed people who seek redemption and a chance at happiness, I was overwhelmed by how well the theme of forgiveness was developed throughout the book, and it made me truly consider my own choices in life.
“When I am an old man and I can remember nothing else, I will remember this moment. The first time my eyes beheld an angel in the flesh. I will remember your body and your eyes, your beautiful face and breasts, your curves and this.” He traced his hand around her navel before dragging it lightly to the top of her lower curls. “I will remember your scent and your touch and how it felt to love you. But most of all, I will remember how it felt to gaze at true beauty, both inside and out. For you are fair, my beloved, in soul and in body, generous of spirit and generous of heart. And I will never see anything this side of heaven more beautiful tham you.”
Gabriel and Julia are two people who love each other body and soul, who offer each other solace and comfort, but above all, unconditional love from the get-go. Their love story is somewhat inspired by the love that Dante felt for Beatrice, which the author describes as a love matching “the fire of a thousand suns,” but the references to Dante’s Inferno are neither heavy nor hard to follow for non-fans of the genre. They simply thread a subtle backdrop to a contemporary love story that somehow feels timeless. Please do yourself a favour and read this beautiful book. I am still breathless from it.
“Kindness is never wasted.”