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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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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.Read more ›
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*
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked up this book hesitantly. I'm not usually big on romance, though I adore history. Rachelle completely won me over by the time I finished the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Shires
The Iconoclastic Fury during the summer of 1566 tore through the Dutch Low Countries of Holland; Catholic churches and convents were brutally purged of priceless art and artifacts... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca Maney
Rachelle writes first person point of view with major skills. It’s something that can be tricky for an author to pull off!!!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by CameraCourt
Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres. The Steadfast Love series is more than just a love series. It definitely keeps you one your toes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Torey Jo
I'm currently reading this first book in the series and honestly if I wasn't crazy busy, I'd sit there forever and just finish it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Rachelle Rea’s debut novel transports readers back to the danger and mystique of Europe during the 1500s. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melanie Dobson
With a lovely style that is mature and seasoned, at an enviable professional level, readers are in for a real treat with Rachelle Rea's debut. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Avid Reader
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. Read morePublished 4 months ago by laura anderson kurk