Recently I was fortunate to be an early reader of The Sound of Emeralds, the last book in the “Steadfast Love” series by Rachelle Rea. It 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!
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?
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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 which I thought was really neat). The references to a gem or metal in the title (diamond, silver, emerald) and meaning behind each reference are revealed through reading the story. In other words, each title is not just a pleasant name, but carries deep significance to the story within the pages.
Surprising things unfolded in this one! I knew it would be the fight to clear Dirk once and for all, but I did not anticipate the emotional journey and unexpected way it would all play out – or how anxious I would be for these characters who’ve worked their way into my heart. And, something happened at the end that totally caught me off guard and surprised me. In a good way. 🙂
Again, Rachelle explores emotions through the relationships in this story. It’s a story of friendship and its strength. It’s a story of grief and its lasting ripple effects in the present. It’s a story of romantic love and its trust and commitment. Ultimately, it’s a story of the pure love of God and HIS role as sustainer and source of strength.
A sincere thanks to Rachelle and WhiteFire Publishing for a complimentary review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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