The Sound of Diamonds

The Sound of DiamondsThe Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea Cobb
Series: Steadfast Love #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by WhiteFire Publishing on June 15, 2015
Pages: 322

 

Publisher’s Summary:

In Reformation-era England, a converted rogue wants to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk Godfrey knows he has only one chance at redemption.

An independent Catholic maiden seeking refuge in the Low Countries finds herself at the center of the Iconoclastic Fury. Jaded by tragedy, Gwyneth’s only hope of getting home is to trust the man she hates, and she soon discovers her poor vision is not the only thing that has been blinding her.

But 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, will the saint and the sinner hold to hope…or be overcome?

The Sounds of Diamonds is an engaging romantic historical, as well as an excellent debut novel. There is plenty of action found within the story, and the character development of both Dirk and Gwyneth is emotionally engaging. The story highlights the danger of anyone with dissenting views during the Reformation, as well as telling the poignant story of a young woman realizing that she has held God at arm’s length and a man who needs to forgive himself and accept God’s forgiveness.

There is plenty of action found within the story, and the character development of both Dirk and Gwyneth is emotionally engaging.

The narration switches back and forth easily and distinctly between both Gwyneth and Dirk. Cobb writes strongly from both characters’ perspectives, and seeing the events from both of them adds a great layer to the story. There were times that the writing style was perhaps a bit dramatic for my tastes, however, I was always eager to keep reading and enjoyed the story immensely.

Cobb writes strongly from both characters’ perspectives, and seeing the events from both of them adds a great layer to the story.

Gwyn is a strong character, yet weak in ways that is realistic to a young lady of the times. It’s a nice touch that she wears glasses. Her impaired vision plays a big role the story and who she is as a character. It is refreshing that she isn’t perfect in every way. Dirk is an equally strong character, and though he is a bit of an outlaw, I was definitely rooting for him. It was neat that there is a backstory and past connections with Gwyneth and Dirk. From their first scene together, there is a tangible tension between them. At first, I wasn’t quite feeling the romance like I thought I should, mostly because Gwyn has a huge misconception about Dirk and his role in her parents’ death. To me it seemed like a simple conversation could have solved a lot of their disagreements. Even so, I really enjoyed both characters, and the conflict between them held my interest.

I also appreciated that the secondary characters are all given distinct personalities – they are so likable and play key roles within the story. The friendship between Dirk, Cade and Ian is a true brotherhood, and it made their relationship special. Gwyn’s friends from the convent, Margried and Sister Agnes, are equally endearing and steadfast friends to Gwyn, and I enjoyed the scenes between them. I hope to see more of them in future books. Though much of the book revolves around religious upheaval, due to the time period, I always felt like the spiritual aspect fit easily within the confines of the story. Both Gwyn and Dirk’s development in that regard comes about organically within the plot.

I also appreciated that the secondary characters are all given distinct personalities – they are so likable and play key roles within the story.

Cobb’s style reminds me of a mix of Jody Hedlund’s historical young adult novels and Melanie Dickerson’s fairytale-based historicals, though she certainly stands on her own in terms of voice and historical depth. In comparison to both of these authors’ novels, The Sound of Diamonds easily holds its own. I’m eager to see what happens to Gwyn and Dirk in book two, especially now that the misunderstanding that centralized their first story is resolved. Rachelle Rea Cobb is a promising author, and I look forward to watching her produce more novels in the future.

 

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