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The Sound of Diamonds (Steadfast Love) Paperback – June 15, 2015
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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.
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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.
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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.
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. The historical details weave themselves so effortlessly into the plot, as only a true wordsmith can make the words do. The use of Dutch and Spanish authenticate the dialogue. Sweet romance harmonizes with the enthralling plot. And the spiritual transformation completes the story as a whole.
"As for yourself, consider a different method in your pursuit of the truth. God does not desire us to come to Him with our minds so much as He is interested in our hearts." (Chapter 45, The Sound of Diamonds)
This is a tale of trust, forgiveness, God's abounding grace -- and that in all things you should... Hold to hope.
Rachelle Rea's debut novel is one of the best. Her writing style builds intrigue, engages the reader, and makes one desire to be daring.
I'm eagerly anticipating volume 2 of the Steadfast Love trilogy.
This book was absolutely amazing. I was instantly hooked and dragged right into the beautiful and amazing story.
What I loved most of all was how well Rachelle wrote Gwyneth’s struggle and the fight that went on in her mind as the journey went on. We were really shown how Gwyneth’s feelings towards the situation she finds herself in and towards other characters in the story and it all came out to be realistic and I really felt Gwyneth’s pain and her struggles. It was perfectly done. The setting was amazing and I loved how within opening the book I was pulled right into the action of the story without fail. It is very rare I get into a story that quickly. Usually it takes me the first chapter to be completely hooked…but not with The Sound of Diamonds. With this book I was hooked within the first page.
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