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Book Review: The Sound of Emeralds

The Sound of Emeralds by Rachelle Rea (5 star review)

The Sound of Emeralds

written by Rachelle Rea

250 pages // published in 2016 // Christian fiction // Reformation era

My Review...

5 Star Rating

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 marriage filled with steadfast love.

"He was mine, and I was his. We were one. Forever." (Chapter 1, The Sound of Emeralds)

Set in England during the mid-1500s, this series breaks ground on my own bookshelf, for sure; honestly, I just haven't read much fiction that takes place in this time period. For me, it created an all-new reader experience which I enjoyed being in. Many authentic features are drawn into these books, such as the religious issues (Catholicism and Protestantism), social statuses, crime and punishment of the time, and much more.

"Emeralds" goes deeper and into a much darker place than what I had yet seen in Rea's previous two books... and it was thrilling! How did she hold out this long on us readers before bringing in these unfathomable emotions... and heartbreak? I don't want to give away the plot, as I want you to be as taken by surprise as I was... but "Emeralds" will definitely be an emotional read for anyone.

What a marvelous and inspirational trilogy this is. If you, or anyone you know, enjoys Christian historical fiction... you should read The Steadfast Love series. (Recommended for older teens and adults.)

"How could one heart beat inside two separate souls?" (Chapter 9, The Sound of Emeralds)

P.S. I simply cannot wait to hear about Rachelle Rea's next publication, whatever it may be. And so I commence waiting with bated breath.

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The Sound of Emeralds // RELEASE DAY!

It's release day!

The final installment of one of my favorite series is being released TODAY, April 15th! Rachelle Rea's third novel The Sound of Emeralds is now available to buy & read!

I love these books, being Christian-inspired historical fiction, with some sweet romance. If you haven't seen my reviews of the Steadfast Love series yet, please glance over my (5-star!) review of The Sound of Diamonds and The Sound of Silver!

The Steadfast Love Series is set in 16th-century Europe, where the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, a half-Dutch Catholic, 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?

Book #3, The Sound of Emeralds, is available as a paperback and ebook!

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Release day for The Sound of Emeralds




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 asunder what God had brought together...

As the date of Dirk's trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth's parents' murders or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?




Rachelle Rea, debut author Author Bio // Times gone by snatch Rachelle close, so she reads and writes about years long ago--her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. During college, Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series. 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.

Find out more about Rachelle at Inspiring Daring.




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