"Beautifully and sympathetically written." - Author Joanna Lambert
"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." - Jenerated Reviews
"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." - Book Obsessed Chicks
From the Author
Every word emerged straight from my soul; I was connected to both Gabriel and Ariah on such a profound level . . . more than I ever imagined possible. When I typed "The End," I broke into tears. They were no longer characters, but real people and beloved friends.
I hope that Gabriel and Ariah's journey through darkness touches your heart as much as it did my own.
"There is no paradise on earth, but there are pieces of it. What there is on earth is a broken paradise." - Jules Renard
"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Gabriel released Ariah's chin and tore away the bandage in a harsh movement. As his eyes bore into her own, pale moonlight fell upon the deformity, illuminating the twisted flesh and grotesque welts. The sight reminded her of a beautiful chateau . . . a stunning fortress situated along the coastline . . . one that had fallen into ruin and neglect. The skin was concave, destroyed, cavernous - a remnant of former glory. And the surrounding features - his burning eyes, the right side of his face, his powerful body - dwarfed the disfigurement with a striking beauty.
"Look at the monster you have created. Look upon my face, Ariah."
She shivered at the sound of her name; slightly muffled from the injury to his mouth, it slid from his tongue with equal parts venom and hunger.
"I was supposed to die that night . . ." The last of his words ended in a choked whisper. His face fell forward in despair until his forehead was pressed against her own. He was impossibly close. And he appeared every gram a flesh-and-blood warrior - coarse and ruthlessly untamed. Sweltering heat radiated from his body and engulfed all five of her senses. She was suffocating. Visions of that long-ago night echoed in her mind until she could perceive nothing else. Ariah gave a shallow cry as she struggled to free herself once more.
"Don't. Don't leave me. Please."
Her movements ceased. The words struck a chord deep inside her chest. She connected her gaze with his and was rendered speechless by the naked anguish in his stare. Regret and desire were etched in every line of his face - but what stole her breath was something entirely different. For the second time, it was neither anger nor resentment that radiated from his eyes, but a longing so intense that it nearly overwhelmed her: hope.
Top Customer Reviews
I am a huge phantom the opera fan and I can say that it was a love that was fulfilled in this book, you ache for the hero and heroine in this wonderful tale...there is so much drama and trauma and secrets and telling you without telling you is hard....
Gabriel is a hero who has seen too much, experienced too much , has lost too much.
Ariah is a heroine who has had more than her share of angst and trauma and is raising her daughter emmaline....there is MUCH story there....but to me the heart of it is Gabriel and Ariah falling in love...her giving him hope and love... it was a beautiful story and so glad I was able to read it..bravo!
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.Read more ›
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.
*I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I really enjoyed, Rachel L. Demeter's book, a new author for me! Here is an amazing Gothic novel, set in Paris, along the River Seine 1815. It tells the story of Colonel Gabriel de Laurent and Ariah Larochelle, two broken souls who will finally find peace and the power of true love. Gabriel, returns to Paris, as a tormented and broken man, he only wants to die and end his torment. Ariah will enter his life, at the right moment, as she walks along the Seine, to find him nearly dead. What will she do? This man, probably a soldier, intrigues her so much, that she decides to carry him home and give him shelter. Ariah, lives with her young daughter Emmaline and Miriam, her own sister. Slowly, they will share secrets! What will happen to this broken soldier? Will this strange man, change her life for ever? Will she give him the will to survive? This is truly a story of second chance. Both had suffered enough, it was now time, for Gabriel and Ariah to find true love. Some scenes are written with such finesse and tenderness!
I'm so happy to have discovered this new author! This novel is created with rich characters and powerful emotions, nicely blended into a dark romance filled with hope.
I highly recommend Finding Gabriel! Thank you Ms. Demeter for the eARC you sent me.
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This was a very engaging story of love and war set in the depths of a ravaged Paris. I enjoyed the darkness of the characters and the way Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yossi
Oh my gush -- Rachel is well written, enjoyed living expressions as if it was me in the room and not getting enough except only to keep reading -- gripping, loving and dripping --... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack Barnes
Ms. Demeter once again artfully transports the reader to a time of strife during the Napoleonic Wars as the setting of a beautifully crafted romance that captivates the reader.Published 2 months ago by Randi P
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.Published 4 months ago by Bry
An epic love story that is not your average romance read. Finding Gabriel is dark and emotional, with deep characters and a sweeping historic atmosphere. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Maxwell
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This Historical Fiction Novel is set in Paris when Napoleon was the Emperor. It gives a very good portrayal of the events and places during the time of war and unrest. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brigitte
I was fortunate to meet Ms. Demeter a couple of years ago at a book signing event and I'm utterly glad I did. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Torie James
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