This story really caught me by surprise – a really good surprise. Between the pretty cover, intriguing plot, and all the positive feedback I’d already seen, I was eager to read The Sound of Diamonds for myself. And yet it still delivered much more than I even expected. The adventure was more. The spiritual theme was more. The romance was so much more. Let me tell you, it was a pure delight to read.
It was a different era than I’m used to, but what I learned was downright fascinating. The union of the time period with the spiritual theme was gripping. A few scenes in particular…. wow….. so much heart and grace in those words. Loved it! I think I’ll be re-reading this one. 😉
I loved the two main characters and enjoyed seeing their story unfold through first person. It added a real intimacy to it that otherwise might have been lost. I can’t wait to see where their story goes from here.
There were some dark and sorrowful moments, but hold to hope and keep reading. Honestly, I can’t fathom anyone being disappointed with this story. I don’t know yet where the series and Dirk and Gwyn will go from here, but I do know one thing. This author has found herself another huge fan! 😉
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
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.