A Book Review, by Adriana Gabrielle
So, remember a while ago, I mentioned how Heather Manning’s first book got me hooked on historical novels? Well, this book did something even better than get me hooked on a certain genre of books. The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea fed my newfound addiction and I am very much okay with that! The Sound of Diamonds is an AMAZING book, you guys! Like, you NEED this in your life. I just cannot deal! It’s too amazing!
*excuse me while I go cry over the beauty of this book*
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?
*takes a deep breath so I can control my fangirling somewhat so this all makes sense*
Anyways. This book was absolutely amazing. I was instantly hooked and dragged right into the beautiful and amazing story.
What I loved most of all was how well Rachelle wrote Gwyneth’s struggle and the fight that went on in her mind as the journey went on. We were really shown how Gwyneth’s feelings towards the situation she finds herself in and towards other characters in the story and it all came out to be realistic and I really felt Gwyneth’s pain and her struggles. It was perfectly done.
While I’m here kind of tlaking about the characters, I must say that I LOVED them. Each character was unique and important and some were totally worthy of being fangirled over…I’m just sayin. (Oh how I want to give you all exact examples but it would ruin everything.)
As you might have gathered from the description, The Sound of Diamonds is set in the 1500s. At a time where, not only was the Reformation in full swing in Europe, but modern-day Holland was launching the Dutch Revolution because they no longer wanted to be ruled by Spain. The Sound of Diamonds starts right there in the turmoil of religious upheaval and political intrigue. The setting was amazing and I loved how within opening the book I was pulled right into the action of the story without fail. It is very rare I get into a story that quickly. Usually it takes me the first chapter to be completely hooked…but not with The Sound of Diamonds. With this book I was hooked within the first page.
Now, I can’t say I’ve been reading Historical Fiction for long..but I can say The Sound of Diamonds is my favourite historical novel so far. I can also say that you also need a copy of this book right now.
And obviously, instead of stars, I must rate this book with Diamonds…I mean it’s fitting, is it not? – – – – – – – – – –
Adriana Gabrielle writes “Adriana Gabrielle Reads.” You can also find her discussing things like writing novels, reading, discussing movies, film making and more on her blog: Adriana Gabrielle Writes. http://www.adrianagabriellewrites.wordpress.com
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