About the Book:
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Source: Author provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Steadfast Love, 1
Genre: Fiction; Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5
Review: Discovering blogging friends are living their dreams through publishing is one of the most exciting things the book blogging community can be a part of. I’ve “known” at least three bloggers who are pursing that exact dream, and have been able to play a small part in helping two of them launch their novels in the world. One of those talented souls is Rachelle Rea. Her debut, The Sound of Diamonds is now officially out in the world and today, I’d like to talk about that novel. It follows the story of young Gwyn, a Catholic girl who’s hidden herself away at a convent in order to forget the tragedy she’s experienced in her young life – and to hide away from him. Dirk knows he’s the man Gwyn believes responsible for the death of her parents. Because of this, she isn’t willing to walk out the door with him when he shows up concerned for her safety, asking her to travel with him and his companions to England. Thus sets into motion a literal and emotional journey of healing, danger and forgiveness.
Stories that take place in the 1500’s through the 1700’s aren’t always ideal (for me). (This one takes place in the former era.) That notwithstanding, I had every confidence in this book because I know what a talented writer Rachelle is. Turns out my inklings for this novel were spot on. This novel was perfection. I loved every moment of the plot and characters. Rachelle has masterfully created a fascinating world (in terms of the character’s and the backstory’s) that is as sweet as it is emotionally fulfilling. The message and conversions contained in these pages will make you invest one-hundred percent in these characters lives. I loved the journey they took and was impressed more than once by the questions the book posed.
Perhaps what impresses most is Rea’s prose. Her beautiful voice is on hand at nearly every page and I appreciated how focused on the characters this story is. The mystique of Dirk’s past (especially given Gwyn’s perception of him) and Gwyn’s charming persona (I loved the minor character detail of giving her eyeglasses) was some of the best tug-and-pull character interactions I’ve read in a while. This leads to some exquisite romance that was above reproach. The language was so well-expressed that I marked up my Kindle copy in multiple places and look forward to my paperback copy arriving in my mailbox.
The easy flowing style, shortened length (both aspects I appreciated) and the expressions of love are evident in so much of this debut. Rachelle Rea has gifted her readers with an expressive, heartfelt journey that’s not to be missed. I sincerely and genuinely enjoyed it – perhaps more than I realized I would. If you like historical fiction, pick up The Sound of Diamonds. Any avid fans of Jody Hedlund’s, An Uncertain Choice, will want to add this book to your shelf with haste. It’s a dazzling debut of a read that promises more of the same in the sequel.
Synopsis: In Reformation-era England, a converted rogue wants to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk Godfrey knows he has only one chance at redemption.
An independent Catholic maiden seeking refuge in the Low Countries finds herself at the center of the Iconoclastic Fury. Jaded by tragedy, Gwyneth’s only hope of getting home is to trust the man she hates, and she soon discovers her poor vision is not the only thing that has been blinding her.
But the home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, will the saint and the sinner hold to hope…or be overcome? – Goodreads
Coming Next from Rachelle Rea, The Sound of Silver: The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…
After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.
Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song? – RachelleRea.com, October 2015
Sincere thanks to the author, Rachelle Rea for providing a complimentary e-copy of this book for reviewing purposes.