You may remember the review/interview that I did for Rachelle Rea’s novel, The Sound of Diamonds.
Well, I am returning with the review of Rachelle’s second novel, the Sound of Silver. Look at this gorgeous cover…
The Sound of Silver
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?
A Second Melody
In the first of Rea’s epic trilogy, we saw two very different people who hated each other, eventually find hope through love. Both the love they heard for each other, and the love of a Heavenly father.
In this next installment of the Steadfast Love Series, we see these characters grow into stronger, more selfless people. We see them taking the second chances that have been offered, and using them for good. Dirk, once a rebel who only wanted to use Gwyn to redeem his soiled honor and live without a constant threat of death, is now putting others before himself. For her own, Gwyn has now learned how to control her fiery temper (somewhat) and is courageous enough to fight against all odds for the man she loves.
However, this determination they both have to protect the other by keeping them from danger, soon threatens their hopeful melody.
A Broken Song
Somehow, in the long scheme of books and what heroic men are supposed to behave like, there was this little idea introduced that I like to call A.T.G.M.E.B. In essence: Abandoning The Girl Makes Everything Better.
Newsflash? IT DOES NOT!
Alas, though, our poor Dirk never read this review, and so he decides, in order to help Gwyn, he must leave her, and take the threat with him.
This dismal time of goodbyes and separation leaves both our heroes in disarray. And while Dirk and Gwyn both search desperately for the truth, it seems that only a broken song can be heard. This utter sense of brokenness and despair is something that I am sure we can all relate to. That moment when you are chasing after something right and good, yet every step pulls you deeper into pain and heartache. This sense of heartache is what makes this story shine, strange as it seems. Rachelle creates characters that are so deep and full of feeling, the reader cannot help but yearn with them. To feel their hurt acutely, but also rise with their joy. She is truly masterful at the art of penning a character who breaths off the page.
A Rising Note
Even though Dirk and Gwyn suffer through many trials away from each other, there is also that moment of glory. Of fruition. When their eager footsteps bring them to the place they have always wanted to be. After all, if truth shall set you free, them hope is the wings you fly with. I do not want to give away anything, but as you journey with Dirk and Gwyn through this second novel, know that every valley will serve to make the mountaintop even more ravishing. And just like in our own lives, those times of trouble bind our hearts even tighter to the one who sings the song of truth.
A Bit Off Key
Alright, I feel as though I wouldn’t be doing this review full justice If I wasn’t honest about a few of the things that I struggled with in the book. First off, as I mentioned before, I was not especially a fan of having the hero leave the woman he loves in yet another book. This is something that happens so often, and always aggravates me a bit. I fully understand why it happened, and how it fits the character, but I felt like it was rather drawn out. That is true for the main content of the book as well. It seemed like the same events kept happening over and over again, but with different variations. Gwen is upset. Dirk returns. Dirk has to leave. Gwyn is upset. Dirk returns. Dirk has to leave. Gwyn is upset… In different ways and dimensions, but it happened several times and was rather monotonous. I also felt that, for a couple who weren’t even sure if they were going to be around each other long enough to even get married, that Dirk and Gwyn kissed quite a bit. They didn’t seem to really show any prudence or care about saving themselves, even if it never went any farther than kissing. As a reader who has decided to save her first kiss till she is married or at least engaged, it was distracting for me to constantly be reading the details of their physical affection, without them really committing.
A Beautiful Sound
With all of that said, I would like to finish up by saying that I truly enjoyed the novel. I may have not agreed with everything the characters did, but that is alright. We do not read books to have our own perceptions modified, but to be stretched and learn. The themes that rang through this novel such as truth, forgiveness, and courage were crafted so well that they will stay with me long after The Sound of Silver has caught dust on my bookshelf. Rachelle Rea has a special gift, and an even more special story to tell. I look forward to reading the rest of her novels, and hearing their beautiful sound.
About The Author: Rachelle Rea
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. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.