Reviewed by April Nelson
Rachelle Rea Cobb accurately combines history with romance in her novel, The Sound of Diamonds, in which she presents an exciting plot that shows the importance of truth and motive. This story takes place shortly after the Protestant Reformation and begins with Gwyneth, one of two main characters, being rescued from the hands of violent Protestant Dutchmen raiding the convent where she lives. Dirk, her rescuer, is the man who she thinks is her parents’ murderer. She hates him fiercely until she learns the truth. On their journey back to her original home, they encounter many perils and through it Gwyneth learns how to love again. Meanwhile, Dirk has his own story. He rescues Gwyneth only to clear his name, but through the journey discovers how motive determines character. This novel is a joy to read and captures the spirit of this time period, while illustrating the strength that truth and motive have in a person’s life. It is a Christian romance that gives a glimpse of history that will be an enthralling adventure for many future readers.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.