Today I’m back with a book review of the second book in Rachelle Rea’s “Steadfast Love” series, The Sound of Silver. You might’ve seen my previous post featuring the lovely Rachelle Rea in an interview and a book review of her debut novel, The Sound of Diamonds. Please do check it out after this!
The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…
After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.
Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?
While this is the second book in the series, AND I’m recommending you read them in order, it *could* be read by itself because it does relate enough of the backstory of these characters.
Rachelle continues telling the story with alternating first person POV between the two main characters in this book. It still works extremely well, especially with Rachelle’s almost prose-like observations and included setting details. I really enjoyed how it showed these two characters going through similar struggles during a time when they were apart. And, from these struggles, God drew each of them closer to Him and reached out to their hearts in unique ways.
The strong characters and personalities already well-established since book 1 increase with added depth through the twists and turns of this story. While this IS the middle book of a series, it certainly has its own contained plot that’s mostly tied up by the end. Still, some lingering questions and suspicions of mine are waiting eagerly for book 3, The Sound of Emeralds! Middle books can be tricky sometimes, but Silver still has shining moments of import you won’t want to miss out on.
I could say so much more about the these characters, but I don’t want to give away any of the story! So, I’ll just say their journeys through loss, pain, and grief mingle beautifully in a period of history wrought with change.
Right now, there is an awesome Goodreads giveaway (until April 5) for a signed copy of The Sound of Silver! Click here to enter.
Have you read a recent historical you loved? Do you enjoy books told in first person POV?
Thank you so much for this review, Courtney! I love hearing your thoughts on the second installment in the series! I especially like that you think it’s strong enough to be a stand-alone–that’s definitely the work of my editors, who encouraged me to reacquaint readers with the story/characters. Which, admittedly, was hard for me since I dove into writing this one as soon as I was done with Diamonds! 🙂
You’re quite welcome! Well, your efforts to reacquaint readers with this story definitely paid off! In explaining the history between Dirk and Gwyn we also got to see a little more of their opinions on what happened. 🙂
And thank YOU for the email shout-out! I just updated this post to include the graphic & giveaway info.
That is an aspect I hadn’t even thought of, how fun! 🙂
Thanks for adding that info! 🙂
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