The Sound of Diamonds
An independent Catholic maiden seeking refuge in the Low Countries finds herself at the center of the Iconoclastic Fury. Jaded by tragedy, Gwyneth's only hope of getting home is to trust the man she ...more
Book One of the STEADFAST LOVE series starts off in a nun's cell, where a privileged young woman named Gwyneth is caught in a brutal conflict between rioting Protestants and outlawed Catholics. Her life is narrowly saved by Devon Godfrey, a man she wants no ...more
The plotting is excellent. Dirk is accused of murdering Gwyneth's parents in cold blood, and has fled, becoming an ...more
--Dawn Crandall, award winning author of The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter
Rea’s voice is fresh and, a wonderful addition to the world of inspirational historical romance. This charming debut has put Rea at the top of my list. N ...more
This book has been one of my favorites for years, so when I heard Rachelle was publishing it, I was ecstatic and even more so when she said I could read the revised version early.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and leave you thinking about the message in it. Rachelle has done a masterful job making her characters believable and lovable.
I cannot wait to see the rest of the books in t ...more
"God does not desire us to come to Him with our minds so much as He is interested in our hearts.”
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 Lo ...more
"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 ...more
Best for Ages: 15 and up
I don’t think I have ever been so embarrassed about a book review. Seriously, I was one of the first people to read this book. I read it before a publisher looked at it. I cheered this book on and pre-ordered a copy. I was part of the original blog tour and the Thunderclap campaign. Why has it taken me so long to write a review? Yes, this is embarrassing, especially since it was such a good book.
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When I started this I was very curious to see how the plot revolved around the time period and social situations. I wasn't disappointed-- the history in it is excellent and I really appreciated the unique time period! As a Baptist, my heroes of the faith differ from the ones mentioned in the book, although the ones featured are definitely critical leaders in the Protestant Reformation, and as such very relevant to the story. I found it interesting to read fiction set in the Reformat ...more
I love a good rogue romance. Unfortunately, most of those romances I hold so dear rarely come true, so to put it (*coughs* I'm looking at you, Guy and Marian). But this... My dear friends, this was so good.
Gwyneth Barrington is on the path to becoming a nun. Living in a convent in Leiden, the Netherlands, she suffers fro ...more
Dirk's desire to change his former ways to please his Savior intrigued me. His realization that he was just as wicked as his enemy before Christ's light...how vit ...more
Fantastic book! Although I don't normally read books set before the 18th century, Rachelle Rea's debut novel not only met my expectations but also surpassed them. Set in Europe during the Reformation, Gwyneth is a Catholic maiden seeking refuge at a convent in the Low Countries. When she finds herself amidst the violent Iconoclastic Fury, she has no choice but to escape with Dirk, the man she saw kill her parents.
Rachelle's beautiful prose captured my attention from the first p ...more
Are you seeking a historical romance novel to send you back in time? A book to make you sigh and smile? The Sound of Diamonds is the book for you! This novel is a beautiful debut from the lovely Rachelle Rea and it is sure to please historical fans.
I was sucked into the story after only a few pages. The character voices of Dirk and Gwyneth are distinct and carry you through the story well. There were a couple times I wasn't paying one-hundred percent attention and might have gotten a littl ...more
It is written in first person and alternates the chapters between the perspectives of the two main characters, Dirk and Gwyneth. I really liked this approach and enjoyed knowing what was going on in their minds as the story progressed. It made it very interesting to see things through their e ...more
It was a different era than I’m used to, but what I learned was downright fascinating. The union of ...more
When the story opens, Gwenyth's hatred and resentment for Dirk is shown through incredible, increasing tension, sharp dialogue that leaves an impression, to say the least. She sees him merely as a criminal--but is he?
Dear Dirk; what a hero this fictional man is. He's not a Romeo type, nor a g ...more
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I'm excited to read the next book in the series! ...more
“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' ...more
*I received this book in a giveaway. All opinions are my own, and I was not requ ...more
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by Rachelle Rea Cobb
In 1566, the Dutch Low Countries are in turmoil. Protestants are determined to ruin the images they believe Catholics hold as idols. When Lady Gwyneth Barrington's mother and father were murdered, her uncle sent her to the Low Countries to live in a convent, believing she would be safe away from England where Catholicism has been outlawed. As the story beings, Gwyneth and her friends Margried and Sister Agnes are being abducted by three men after the conv ...more
There were several things I really liked about this book. First, I loved the historical value. This book had a lot of different details about the 16th century and what it was like to live there and I loved reading about the Iconoclastic Fury—how that affected Holland, how it affected England, what kinds of people lived through it, etc. This book is absolutely fascinating when it comes to this sort of stuff!
I wear glasses, and the main character, Gwyneth, wears glasses as well. I hadn’t realised
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 romanc ...more
I've seen lots of friends read this book and recommend it, and I always thought "I want to read that...someday", but hadn't had the chance till now. With the birthday-celebration of "The Sound of Silver" I was given the opportunity to read and review "The Sound of Diamonds" which I accepted of course. :)
The time period this book is set in is very richly depicted, and feels very accurate and real. When you read it, you really are in that time, that setting.
Gwyneth and Dirk, the main characte ...more