- Series: Steadfast Love (Book 1)
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing (June 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939023599
- ISBN-13: 978-1939023599
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In her eloquently-written debut novel, Rachelle Rea brings a story of grief and restoration, heartache and redemption. Dirk's love for Gwyn kept me flipping the pages, and I found it to be the perfect illustration of God's adoration for His children: Gentle and unconditional, despite our anger and misjudgments. This well-researched historical novel accurately portrays the language of the sixteenth century, enticing the reader to be swept away on a journey from the very first page ... one that they will certainly not forget.
Tessa Emily Hall, YA author of Selah Award Finalist Purple Moon
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About the Author
Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she's lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote the Sound of Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.
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Rachelle Cobb is a sweet person who has a knack for writing. She has a very vivid imagination that can tell a really good story. She has a big heart for friends and family.
My thoughts on the books:
These books are perfect for those who seek romance, adventure, and religious fanatics. She picked her genre that includes a lot of turmoil, persecution and most of all trials of faith. Her stories reminds me of some cases on Mysteries of the Museum.
If I am being honest, these books were pretty good but they did not appeal to me because they are not my style of reading. I am more into contemporary romance, christian fiction, and mysteries. I have a hard time enjoying a book if I can't make a connection to a character.
I adore Rachelle Rea Cobb and her faith, her love for life. I would recommend this to my friends as a 4 out of 5 stars. If you are into historical fiction, catholism and adventure....then you will LOVE this series.
Book One of the STEADFAST LOVE series starts off in a nun's cell, where a privileged young woman named Gwyneth is caught in a brutal conflict between rioting Protestants and outlawed Catholics. Her life is narrowly saved by Devon Godfrey, a man she wants nothing to do with.
In a tumultuous time, Gwyneth must decide who to trust ... and what to believe.
An exciting, dramatic, beautiful story - I enjoyed it from beginning to end! There was a deep theme of Christian faith, explored during a confusing time. Martin Luther and other reformers are mentioned; Catholic nuns' lives looked into; troubled individuals journeyed with as they search for true faith. It was all intriguing, sometimes very sobering, and ultimately beautiful! I love stories about finding out the true loving character of God. For though He is our holy creator and king, He also loved us so much He gave His beloved Son to redeem us! He seeks a personal relationship! So, The Sound of Diamonds is truly a journey of finding that!
And I enjoyed the journey very much! Gwyneth and her two nun friends, Agnes and Margried were lovely companions to travel with; along with Dirk (Devon) and his men. I particularly liked Margried and her little side story! ^_^ Devon was such a wonderful young man! Kind and conscientious. Brave. Loyal. Despite his dark past, he was ever the knight in shining armor for the women under his care.
That being said, the romance of this novel was very sweet! Rather gentle, and noble, and endearing. It definitely had a rocky start, but came together beautifully! <3 *sigh* The Sound of Diamonds is really the classic "fairy tale" romance story; with a good amount of depth, faith, and poignant scenarios added in.
I would say sixteen and up might be a good audience for this book.
Overall, it was a lovely medieval/renaissance tale. I'm so excited to read more! *smiles*
I received a copy of The Sound of Diamonds from the author in exchange for my honest review.
I love a good rogue romance. Unfortunately, most of those romances I hold so dear rarely come true, so to put it (*coughs* I'm looking at you, Guy and Marian). But this... My dear friends, this was SO good.
Gwyneth Barrington is on the path to becoming a nun. Living in a convent in Leiden, the Netherlands, she suffers from the memory of her parents' murders, and their promise for her happy future.
And then the assumed murder shows up, claiming that Leiden's convent is under attack, and he wishes to bring Gwyn to safety.
If only it were that simple.
I've been interested in THE SOUND OF DIAMONDS for a while, now. That gorgeous title, that intriguing cover... As Prince Edward from Disney's ENCHANTED would say, what's not to like? So when a review opportunity came up, I pounced. ;)
The first chapter begins with action and adventure. Gwyneth, a young, headstrong noblewoman. Dirk Godfrey, a redeemed rogue with a scandalous past. Two of Dirks closest friends, a strict nun, and a sweet postulant.
The characters -- One of my biggest pet peeves in religious romance novels (and probably the main reason I don't read more romance, period) is the helpless (and very beautiful) Mary Sue and the slightly flawed (yet still very handsome) Gary Stu. I love how Rachelle took these stereotypical characters and tossed them out the window. :D
We have a feisty daughter of nobility (with glasses! *cheers*), a God-pursuing son of a lord and lady, and a cast full of fun characters.
My only complaints in regards to the cast were Cade and Ian, both of whom seemed very similar (though the latter got much less "screen time"); and the villain, who, though his reasons seemed comprehensible enough, felt like he needed a little more motivation.
The romance -- I'll start by saying that the side-romance (between a certain friend and postulant *winks*) was super sweet. There was what was possibly an implication of sorts later on in their relationship that seemed a bit out of place, but it was left open to interpretation.
But the main romance. Our hero and our heroine. (*smiles*) Even though I know the answers, I'm still tempted to scream at them, "What took you so long?!" <3
The writing -- I've yet to experience a novel so wonderfully historically accurate, yet so well written at the same time. Never in my life have I heard of the Dutch Revolution, but Rachelle brought it to life in wonderful ways, with her little phrases in late-Renaissance Dutch and Spanish.
The setting -- I'm not big on description; in fact, if there's more than one sentence of description in a book, that's the part I usually skip. However, I did feel as if this area could've done with a tad more development.
The plot -- Fantasy lovers, take your favourite fantasy quest -- journeys across seas, through forests, to castles, you name it... Now apply it to a historical romance, with an emotional murder mystery along the way. (*nods*) Remarkable, isn't it?
So, yes, my dear friend -- go read THE SOUND OF DIAMONDS! Even if you're not big on historical romance, go do it. You won't regret it. :)
You may want to know: There is violence (murder included) and kissing, as well as a few slight implications.
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