The Sound of Emeralds by Rachelle Rea | My Review

One mark of a special story and storyteller is when the reader is reluctant to finish the book, the last book in the series(?!) because they've been through so much with the characters. And The End means goodbye.
And so, it is with a bittersweet heart I attempt to share a spoiler-free review of The Sound of Emeralds by my friend Rachelle.
What I love about the series on the whole is that each book picks up almost immediately when the last book left off, and such is the case with this last tale of Gwyn and Dirk's. Incandescently happily married, worry and danger knock on their door with the arrival of a new day--the day after they are married. Gwyn's pursuit to clear Dirk's name is still going strong as it had begun in The Sound of Silver, and it is for this reason and a larger, more fearsome threat than a trial in London, that makes this book as much of a page-turner as its predecessors. Rachelle expertly weaves in the history of the era so you are completely immersed in the vibrant setting and you also, without realizing it, learn more about how things were done back in the 1500's.
As for the romance of these two married characters. If you read Silver and thought that was heartbreaking at parts to read...
For better or for worse, in sickness and in health--Gwyn and Dirk's marriage vows are tested at every turn as the story goes on as they face grievous loss, are called to risk their very lives and love in pursuit of truth and justice. All I can say is, it is a wonder to watch these characters grow and change both separately, and together in this final book in The Steadfast Love trilogy.
The journey, heartache, lessons and hope that ensue between the first page and the beautifully satisfying ending make this my favorite of Rachelle's stories.
Read on for more about the book and where to find it, and it's gifted author.

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?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Times gone by snatch Rachelle close, so she reads and writes about years long ago--her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. During college, Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She's a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. Find out more about Rachelle:
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