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Book 1 of 3 in the Steadfast Love Series

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Beautifully written, The Sound of Diamonds is a gem of a debut. An unusual heroine, a unique setting, and a heart-stopping hero make this a must read for historical fiction fans. Encore, Rachelle Rea!
Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre


The Sound of Diamonds is a rare treat for young adult readers who love historical fiction. Rea's prose is rich and exquisite and her story is impeccably researched. She gives readers a stunning setting and layered, flawed characters who, in finding their way through a dangerous and dark time, made me want to know everything about the Iconoclastic Fury. I'm a huge fan!
Laura Anderson Kurk, author of Glass Girl and Perfect Glass


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

Rachelle Rea's debut novel transports readers back to the danger and mystique of Europe during the 1500s. Rich in church history and woven together with romantic suspense, The Sounds of Diamonds is a fascinating story and stellar debut. I look forward to reading more from Rachelle Rea!
Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Chateau of Secrets and The Black Cloister


Readers of Jody Hedlund's new medieval YA series and Melanie Dickerson's fairytale-based YA novels will love Rachelle Rea's The Sound of Diamonds.
Dawn Crandall, award-winning author of The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, and The Captive Imposter

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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea, Catholic Gwyn flees to a convent in Holland from England to escape her parents’ murderer. Aside from the violent Dutch revolution against the Catholic Church, Gwyn only has one problem—the man she accused of killing her parents followed her in order “to bring her safely back to England.”

My first thought when I saw the cover of The Sound of Diamonds was that it was a fantasy story. It is definitely not a fantasy story. Instead, Rachelle Rea wrote a romance entwined in a very real historical era. The bloody conflict between the Catholic and Protestant churches in Europe described in this novel was definitely real, even if the characters were not.

Being Protestant, I was curious as to how the author would portray the Catholic main character’s faith. Gwyn and two Catholic nuns were central characters in this story and their faith played a major part in their lives. It influenced their choices, put them at odds with others around them, and caused problems in their romantic relationships with the male main characters. To my satisfaction, the ladies were influenced to change their religions to Protestant, or rather, a more personal relationship with Christ, using definitive arguments and personal evidences. I will leave it up to the reader to learn who changed and who did not.

Because of the religious background featured in The Sound of Diamonds, I was extremely happy with the history described. It is obvious the author did her research into both the cultural and religious history about the time in which the novel is set.

The romance was interesting. Gwyn and Dirk went through many problems and arguments before Gwyn finally realized Dirk was not as terrible as she imagined.
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Inspirational Fiction and Christian Romance are usually nowhere to be seen on my reading list or genre radar, however, I love history, and my dearest friend, Rachelle Rea, is this debut novel's author. So, I just had to give this (inspy) genre another go, to support my best friend and the story of her heart. And I'm so glad I did. Because what I got was a brilliant schooling on the 1500's Low Countries, The Iconoclastic Fury, The Reformation Era, and how sometimes life must drag us from places of Hatred to Hope to Healing before we can truly see God's plan for our lives - His redemption and grace at work for us, us who are often blind, but wish to truly see unhindered.

Rachelle is an incredibly skilled storyteller, weaving together smooth dialogue, a well paced story, gritty blind faith, two leading alternating protagonists, and an excellently researched history in this, the very first installment of her Steadfast Love Series published by WhiteFire. I'm very much so looking forward to seeing what happens to Dirk (my favorite character) and Gwyn (the girl who started to grow on me), and their story of steadfast love, in the following two installments of The Steadfast Love Series, The Sound of Silver (October 2015) and The Sound of Emeralds (2016.)

Abduction. Blind Faith. Hope. Healing. Love. Honor. Mystery.
These are the places The Sound of Diamonds will surely lead you through.

If you love authors MaryLu Tyndall, Melanie Dickerson, Deeanne Gist, Rachel Heffington, and Meghan Gorecki, you will be sure to love The Sound of Diamonds by debut inspy author Rachelle Rea.

*I received a free ARC of The Sound of Diamonds for review*
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The Sound of Diamonds is the story of a young man, a supposed rascal, attempting to redeem himself and his past actions...

The Sound of Diamonds is the story of a Catholic maiden, tucked away in a convent, far from harm's reach...

During the Reformation, religious quarrels are on the tip of every man's tongue. The Catholics and Protestants are in the rage of battle during the 1560s. The Spanish King Philip II cannot control the revolution, and neither can the English Queen Elizabeth I. So the Iconoclastic Fury snakes its way deep into the Dutch Low Countries, where Gwyneth thought she would be kept in the safety of the nuns. Not so.

To further Gwyneth's endangerment, on the unexpected night that the Fury arrives, a person she completely despises -- the murderer who she cannot bear to look upon -- again appears in her life. In some twisted way, Gwyneth considers him the lesser risk of the two harmful things that night -- to be slaughtered by the Beeldenstorm, or to be carried away from the convent by the one man she doesn't dare trust?

"God knew. He knew the suffering of a stained soul lifting equally stained hands high to His heaven. He knew the muttering of the heart and thought it eloquent." (Chapter 28, The Sound of Diamonds)

Her hope is to take refuge at her uncle's castle in England, and that this murderer will fulfill his word of getting her there safely. Her hope rests on the word of an honor-less man.

The plot thickens, twists, and surprises the reader with every chapter. As a reader of historical fiction, I found this book to outwit and surpass many a book I've read before. So much research and study went into its writing.
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