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The Sound of Emeralds

(Steadfast Love #3)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  22 reviews
What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as t
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 15th 2016 by WhiteFire Publishing (first published February 15th 2016)
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I really enjoyed the conclusion to the Steadfast Love series. We've come so far with these characters, and they're in more emotional turmoil than ever now. In many ways this book is my favorite of the three; both Dirk and Gwyneth have to find out the true meaning of functional love on a day-to-day basis, while standing together in the effort to clear his name for good. At last they come face to face with the vengeful Talan and must face his accusations as well. Very good story! ...more
Liz Brooks
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-stars
I was given an eARC of THE SOUND OF EMERALDS by Rachelle Rea. Thank you, Rachelle!

I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with this one. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t for me either. Unfortunately, I can’t address the entirety of my opinion because most of my issues are centered around major spoilers, but I will try my best. (Also, if you haven’t read the first two books in this trilogy, maybe don’t read this review, as it will contain spoilers for THE SOUND OF DIAMONDS and THE SOUND OF SILVER
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copies
Weddings do not guarantee a happily ever after. Gwyn and Dirk are married but continue to struggle through their relationship. Dirk has hidden things from his bride and Gwyn has much grief to overcome. Hanging over it all is mission to clear Dirk’s name – and the severe consequences of failure. Will Dirk and Gwyn ever find the peace and love they seek?

The Sound of Emeralds is the third and final book in The Steadfast Love Series by Rachelle Rea. It is definitely not a standalone novel but detai
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for romance and mild violence
Best for Ages: 15 and up

Wow! What a powerful conclusion to the series. I just sat staring off into space for a few minutes after finishing, soaking in what I had just read.

This story held a lot more kissing and such than the last two books, but that isn’t surprising or disturbing, as Gwyn and Dirk are now married. Their love was sweet and deep, which I loved. Besides, it isn’t every author that goes beyond the wedding day. I cheered whe
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Sound of Emeralds is an excellent conclusion to the Steadfast Love series. The author packed so much emotion into this book! I have enjoyed the whole series, and the roller coaster ride that The Sound of Emeralds took me on made for thoroughly enjoyable reading.

Dirk and Gwyn are characters I grew to love in books one and two, so I found myself fully invested in their victories, excitement, and especially their heartache. While I found myself frustrated with Gwyn in certain parts of the book
This was the ending to a series I started reading years ago before it was published. Its been quite an adventure seeing the first book change, and then watching the characters grow over the series.

This book was sad. But it was also super sweet, and you got to see the characters in a whole new light. I really loved the ending, because it left you satisfied and happy without making it sound like the characters life's end there.
Courtney Clark
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was everything a final book should be: riveting and resolved by the end, but in no way predictable. If you're a fan of historical fiction, romance, adventure, or the Reformation Era, I highly recommend this series!

Rachelle's writing in one word: LYRICAL. From the setting to the characters' descriptions, to conversations and thoughts, her writing once again pulled me in from the beginning.

The theme of each book is incorporated in the title in a manner I have not quite come across before (and
Adriana Gabrielle
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ohhhh my goodness my heart. the whole book broke it but yet the end fixed it kind of and I don't really understand what my feelings are doing. amazing amazing book. ...more
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“What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?
With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asund
Miranda Atchley
The Sound of Emeralds
by Rachelle Rea Cobb

After the turmoil that brought them together and an emotional betrothal, Lady Gwyneth and Lord Dirk Godfrey are now married. The two are deliriously happy as they begin their new life among family and friends at Godfrey Estate. Yet not everyone is full of joy for the happy new couple, and Gwyn’s old friend Anders continues to linger. Dirk continues to try and clear his name of crimes he didn’t commit, though it is a struggle. When Gwyn and Dirk receive so
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little teary-eyed in my heart while writing this review -- for the final installment of the best historical romance series on the market. To recap (in my own words), "Diamonds" (book 1) was the treacherous adventure. "Silver" (book 2) brimmed over with true hope and sincerity. "Emeralds" (book 3) is... the unthinkable.

From "blazing hatred" to "lasting love" is exactly how Gwyn and Dirk's relationship has twisted and then sprouted. But even for them, it's still a rocky road to maintain a ma
Kara Swanson
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals
I've had the honor to know Rachelle personally and to watch this series bloom from the first book to this final chapter.

As ever, Dirk and Gwyn are very vivid characters who are unique enough that their playful banter and all the complexities of their marriage are fun to read. This last book seems more...mature, than the previous two. Both Gwyn and Dirk have grown some. *mild spoilers, sweetie*

By the end of the book, they have trudged through gut-wrenching heartache, betrayal and darkness that n
Meghan DeWalt
One mark of a special story and storyteller is when the reader is reluctant to finish the book, the last book in the series(?!) because they've been through so much with the characters. And The End means goodbye.
And so, it is with a bittersweet heart I attempt to share a spoiler-free review of The Sound of Emeralds by my friend Rachelle.
What I love about the series on the whole is that each book picks up almost immediately when the last book left off, and such is the case with this last tale of
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
All good things must come to an end. If that saying is true, it applies tenfold to the Steadfast Love series which has been an unforgettable saga!

And so The Sound of Emeralds brings me to the end of my adventure and journey with these beloved characters that Rachelle Rea has so masterfully crafted. I was first introduced to Gwyn and Dirk last summer and have loved them more with each book in this epic trilogy! While reading this book I was being pulled by two emotions: on the one hand I wanted t
Savanna Kaiser
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Sound of Emeralds was a beautiful conclusion to a series I won’t easily forget. I’ve loved both Gwyn and Dirk from the start and watching their relationship with each other – and with the Lord – unfold was inspiring and lovely. I felt as if I had traveled their journey with them. And I’m a little sad to say goodbye.

Once again, the setting is very strong and unique. At first, I struggled a bit getting into the book. I wondered what could be left of their story to tell, but as the pages turned
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The third book is the conclusion in the lovely, emotional, beautiful series of Steadfast Love. This book rounds out the characters we've read about in the first two books and deal with good and bad emotions. There is sadness, grief, anxiety, depression, bitterness, hatred, joy, and peace. It is very realistic in these emotions. I love the way heal of the bad emotions was brought about, and I highly recommend all three books. I was given a copy for an honest review. ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that hooked me on the series!
My favorite of the series. Interesting historically and far more emotional depth and breadth.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, emotional conclusion to a beautiful series!

Ever since I finished The Sound of Silver I have eagerly anticipated The Sound of Emeralds. And I was not disappointed! The end of Silver left us with glad tidings, yet a shadow to be resolved. Namely, proving Dirk's innocence. I just LOVED how this book touched on real life feelings and struggles.

Emeralds rounds out the stories of the characters we've come to love so dearly. This book deals with a lot of emotion, both the good and what could
Kathryn Bochman
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rachelle Rea's conclusion to her Steadfast Love series, The Sound of Emeralds, left me with a feeling of great satisfaction. Throughout this series, Rea has delighted me with her twisting plot lines, message of faith, and complex characters. Each book added depth to these characters as I was invited into their lives, witnessing struggles, hopes, heartbreaks, and profound lessons. After three books, these characters became my friends, and their lives challenged me in unexpected ways.
Rea is a rem
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Sound of Emeralds ( Steadfast Love Book #3 )
By: Rachelle Rea

The Sound of Emeralds is the third book and the conclusion of Steadfast Love series. I really enjoyed this one and I found that it was my favorite. The story picks up where book two left off. You will read about the characters from the other two books . There is a lot of good and bad emotions in The Sound Of Emeralds. Will Dirk ever prove his innocents? What will happen to Gwyneth and Dirk? Will they ever get to be together or will
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Rachelle Cobb
May 28, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: own-read, kindle-read
For the last three months, I've not only been revising, rereading, and proofreading the manuscript that will become my February release (I know almost every scene by heart and can't wait to share it with you!), I've also been rereading my first three books since some special characters make cameo appearances!

I don't want to forget anyone's eye color. ;)

It's been a little weird (because, again, I know every scene by heart!).

But these characters who feel like friends reminded me why I fought to wr
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Oct 16, 2015 07:32AM  
Rachelle is a freelance editor, an author of six books, and voracious reader. If you're looking for her, check the bookstore. In 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero and they live happily ever after in a fixer-upper by the sea. She's a fan of chai and lemonade (though definitely not together). Find her at ...more

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  • The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love #2)

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