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The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea October 29, 2015

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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?

My thoughts:

Rachelle’s writing has gotten even better with this book. Her words soar off the page with grace.

Dirk is such a strong character and cares for Gwyn so much he is willing to sacrifice his feelings for her. The way he tries to push back his feelings broke my heart every time.

Gwyn is searching for who God really is. What can she believe? What can she trust? She thought she could trust her uncle and she was hurt by him.

If you enjoyed Rachelle first book you will love catching up with these characters again and joining them on this new journey. However, I do think you could read the second book and figure out what is going without reading the first if you didn’t get around to it.

Visit Rachelle here.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

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Write to the Point with Rachelle Rea October 28, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Rachelle Rea. Her second books has just released. Read on to learn more about her. 

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. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Some fun facts: I’ve lived in the same town my whole life, I got my dream car (a silver pick-up truck) at seventeen, and my name is pronounced like Ruh-shell. 😉 I’ve been writing stories since middle school, although I didn’t finish my first full-length novel until my freshman year of high school. The Sound of Diamonds is my first historical novel.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My mama, who taught us who Jesus is by story and example. J

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

The Sound of Diamonds follows Gwyneth, a girl who wears glasses and believes in the God she’s been told about all her life, through the adventure of the Dutch Revolution and the Protestant Reformation. All she thinks she knows as truth is tested—mostly due to Dirk appearing to rescue her from a convent ablaze. I won’t give the rest away, but my hope is that all who read Gwyneth’s story are inspired to hold to hope no matter what might be crumbling around them.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

Inspiring Daring is my online journal where I like to talk about daring, courage, and going for your dreams. I also blog regularly on the books I’m reading and writing. The common theme is great fiction because I’m a big believer in the power of story

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Recently I finished The Lost Heiress by my favorite author and one of my editors, Roseanna M. White. I really enjoyed the look into the Downton-era—and how the heroine, Brook, felt like a friend as I read her story.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Two years ago I entered a big writing contest, hopeful that my entry would place and that would be how my publishing journey began. Instead, I didn’t even semi-final. I considered quitting writing, but I’m so very glad that instead I started talking to my publisher, WhiteFire. Months later, I signed a contract with them!

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I just love Isaiah 30:18 because those words remind me that God loves me so much He will rise up off His throne in order to be gracious to me, to show me love, to remind me He is with me, and to inspire me to live my life for His glory.

Where can we find you on the web?

I love social media! J

Facebook: http://facebook.com/InspiringDaring/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RachelleRea/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/RachelleRea/

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-Rea/e/B00RZHIL1Q/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea

 

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thank you, Melissa, for having me today!

ABOUT The Sound of Silver

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…sound of silver

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?

Thanks so much for visiting with my readers today. May God continue to bless your writing journey. 

Readers, come back tomorrow when I will review Rachelle’s book.

 

The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea June 22, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 7:38 pm
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Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.

My thoughts:

This is Rachelle’s debut novel. It has been exciting to read about her writing journey and celebrate with her when this book released. Although, I don’t know her personally I have enjoyed watching her writing path unfold.

This is a rich historical set in a time when it was Catholic against Protestant and vise versa. So much hate and violence from people professing to love Jesus.

I can only imagine the amount of research that had to go into this book. I truly felt like I was taken back in time, escaping from a convent under attack, boarding a ship, drowning and fighting growing feelings for a man who I should despise.

So many secrets to uncover in this book. I just kept thinking there was no way Dirk could’ve killed Gwyn’s parents but if not him then who? I also kept wondering who wanted Dirk to rescue Gwyn and why? I didn’t trust the motives.

And what is the sound of diamonds? You’ll have to read to find out.

Overall, a wonderful debut novel. If you enjoy books set in a different time I highly recommend this one.

Visit Rachelle here.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.