“God does not desire us to come to Him with our minds so much as He is interested in our hearts.”
5* to this impeccable and diverting read!
I’m posting today about Rachelle Rea Cobb’s first instalment in the Steadfast Love series, The Sound of Diamonds, the first book in the series, an inspirational historical romance set during the 16th century!
Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.
With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.
Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her, but what is he to do when those goals clash?
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, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.
I would package my review in three parts: The Book, The Hero and The Heroine.
What a spectacular work of art! I am enthralled! Emphatically well written and a gripping tale of finding faith and love. I was amazed at the story and just could not put it down once I started it!
The author has very skilfully depicted complex personalities and tangled situations throughout the book. I was hooked and engrossed!
The book is such a journey! A roller coaster ride. The push and the pull. The yes and the no’s. You truly feel getting involved with Dirk and Gwyneth through their journey together, and are actually on the edge during the climax wondering what is going to happen after all!
What is the most interesting part of the book is firstly, the gradual growth in faith that Gwyneth experiences and accepts. And secondly the growth that Dirk experiences.
The 16th century feel is obvious with the descriptions and was successful in giving me a kind of cosy feeling, where you have actually travelled time and gone back to that era.
I got a feeling towards the end of the book, that I don’t want to let go of Dirk and Gwyneth just yet, that there is more to their lives that I would love to know and, bless her, Rachelle is coming out with the next episode in their lives with The Sound of Silver, and I am so excited about it!
The Hero : “Dirk” or Devon Godfrey.
First and foremost I found the name apt and very interesting. And as for the character, Dirk is just endearing! Caring, kind, charming and patient he is trying to right his past wrongs. Wrongs he committed, and which he did not.
The best part of his character is his behaviour towards Gwyn and the love and respect in which he holds her.
His growth is remarkable. How he himself experiences that change and accepts it, is worthy his character. The depth he possesses is penned so intensely and I just loved to read his POVs.
The Heroine: “Gwyn” or Lady Gwyneth Barrington
Gwyn I found an exceptional heroine. She is strong, intelligent, learned and determined for the age she lives in. She has that independent streak in her I so love in heroines.
And another aspect I loved about her is she is bespectacled. Such a cute and at the same time interesting feature!
Further, what is endearing about her is that she is ready to accept the other side of the argument eventually and is not hell bent on keeping her side even when the contrary has been proven.
Hope and love truly did sound like diamonds to her!
Additionally, I must add about the secondary characters. I found the four friends to Dirk and Gwyn extremely likeable. Ian and Cade are both caring and chivalrous. They are the amazing friends one would die to have by one’s side.
Margried is beautiful and has that soft personality, but is at the same time possessed with conviction and determination. Sister Agnes is devout and dedicated. I would have loved to kill Oliver with my own hands, that’s how angry I was at him!
Overall the plot and theme is very catchy. A clean, historical story not just of love but also faith.
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ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES
In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago–her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South.
Rachelle is a splendid writer and a newlywed! This summer, she married a man with the same first name as the hero of the series!
She really has a skill with the pen, and uses language beautifully to express. The period details are accurate and actually brushed my knowledge a bit!
And it goes without saying that I am keen on getting hands on the author’s next works for sure!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-Rea/e/B00RZHIL1Q
Next in Series : The Sound of Silver
ABOUT The Sound of Silver
The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One fights 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?