Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review: "The Sound of Emeralds" by Rachelle Rea


The Sound of Emeralds
Rachelle Rea

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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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Weddings do not guarantee a happily ever after. Gwyn and Dirk are married but continue to struggle through their relationship. Dirk has hidden things from his bride and Gwyn has much grief to overcome. Hanging over it all is mission to clear Dirk’s name – and the severe consequences of failure. Will Dirk and Gwyn ever find the peace and love they seek?

The Sound of Emeralds is the third and final book in The Steadfast Love Series by Rachelle Rea. It is definitely not a standalone novel but details the continued struggle and romance of the characters from the first two novels in the series. Emeralds is well-written and beautiful, presenting the hope and peace of God even through pain paired with a sweet romance.

The first word that comes to mind when I think back on Emeralds is “frustrating.” A book is sometimes said to be great if it evokes emotion in the reader. This one certainly did – sadness, anger, and frustration. I thought, “The characters have already gone through so much. And now you had to add This!?!” But as frustrating as it was at times, I still consider Emeralds a really good book due to its presentation and ultimately joyous ending.

The characters were deep, defined, and dynamic and the setting was extremely well-researched. Part of the ending seemed a little far-fetched, but it fit with the time-period and setting and was crucial to the happily-ever-after. Perhaps it was the extremely-low odds of success that made the joy of the conclusion all the more joyous.

The Sound of Emeralds was lovely and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a clean, Christian, historical romance.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. Thank you for this review, Emily! Sorry so frustrating--I can totally relate to that. Must be the reason why this book took me a year to write!!

    1. Hmm. I can imagine it would have been difficult to write, probably worse than it was to read, too. But thank you for writing it!