The Sound of Silver
Steadfast Love series, book #2
written by Rachelle Rea
300 pages // published in 2015 // YA & adult fiction // Reformation era
Rachelle Rea's second book, The Sound of Silver, is absolutely perfect. It's cozy-time-in-your-nearest-book-nook PERFECT. The story is set at a steady pace of things to laugh at and to cry over, as we watch our favorite heroine and hero (that's Gwyn and Dirk, if you somehow missed Book 1!) try to keep their love afloat amidst the daily turmoil.
In the mid-1500s, a religious war wages on between the Catholics and Protestants all throughout Europe. Within this dramatic time period, our story unfolds in England as the two lovers are torn apart by matters now uncontrollable; matters of murder, double-crossing, and tender devotion. How can Gwyn and Dirk's love survive or ever progress under such hardships?
This book has such a sweet and fragile romance (or perhaps a couple of romances, but I shouldn't tell more), that the reader can't help but root for. The underlying spiritual themes are fantastic with Gwyn and Dirk's faith in God and hope for each other being the only elements still holding them together...
"I drew a deep breath. I had an old soul, Anders said. I was wise. Then why had I done such a despicable thing to the man I loved? I was not wise. I was foolish. The most foolish girl alive." (Chapter 18, The Sound of Silver)
Rachelle Rea's writing style is faultless. Time and again, I just couldn't get over how well her characters spoke in the language of the time -- the phrasing of a sentence giving the reader more insight into the story. And although the vocabulary retains the right kind of time authenticity, there's no Shakespearean terminology, I promise (it's still in the English we know and love!).
It was also such a pleasant surprise for me that many of the characters from Book 1 (The Sound of Diamonds) returned for the sequel -- Captain Tudder, Reverend Joseph, and others. Each of these were endearing the first time I met them, although I hadn't expected to see them again quite so soon. Miss Rea fleshes out her characters well, making you want to learn more about these people that come alive from her writing.
"Sometimes God calls us to walk in circles, eh? Like the Israelites of old around the Jericho wall." (Chapter 25, The Sound of Silver)
Readers who enjoy historical fiction will love The Steadfast Love series. Buy the books for birthday or Christmas gifts this year. You won't be disappointed.
The suspense of waiting to hear how this trilogy comes to an end is overwhelming for me -- but of course, I wouldn't want Book 3 to come too soon, because then I'd have nothing more of this series to look forward to, no?
The Sound of Silver hits a shelf near you on October 15th.
Author Bio // 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. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.
Visit her website and blog at Inspiring Daring.
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