Friday, December 9, 2016

"The Sound of Emeralds" by Rachelle Rea

About this book:

  “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?”

Series: Book #3 in the “Steadfast Love” series. (Book #1 Review Here! Book #2 Review Here!)

Spiritual Content- Many prayers & thanking and praise God; A couple Scriptures are read, remembered & quoted; Going to a chapel; Talks about God, His love & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many, many mentions of God, peace, faiths, hope & trusting; Many mentions of prayers, praying, blessings over food, thanking & praising God; Many mentions of & Talks about Catholics, Protestants & beliefs of both;
Many mentions of convents, postulants, nuns, a former monastery & monk, a reverend & converting faiths; Mentions of bibles, reading & studying; Mentions of talks about God, scriptures & praying; Mentions of God’s will & trusting Him; Mentions of witnessing; Mentions of salvations; Mentions of religions; Mentions of sins; A few mentions of blessings; A few mentions of heretics;
*Note: A mention of someone having devils on their back; A mention of the devil’s scheming.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blast’s, two ‘stupid’s and six forms of ‘idiot’; Eye rolling; Fighting, punches, blood, a carnage, swords & battles (up to semi-detailed); Being slapped & pain (up to semi-detailed); Prisons, chains & a trial; Nightmares; Gwyn drinks wine to ease a pain & at  one point thinks she needs it; Many, many mentions of murders, murderers, killing, confessions, bodies, blood, a slit throat, crimes, revenge & a dagger (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a raid, a fire & screams (Book #1); Mentions of a mob & screams; Mentions of hanging, nooses, executions & death sentences; Mentions of prisons, prisoners, chains, & trials; Mentions of bruises, injuries, blood & the smell (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of fighting, fists, injuries, wounds & blood; Mentions of deaths, a plague & fevers; Mentions of nightmares of people dying or being hurt; Mentions of threats; Mentions of drinking & drinking wine; Mentions of alcohol & taverns; Mentions of gambling, brawls, drinking & drunks; Mentions of when Gwyn got drunk by wine (Book #2); Mentions of betrayals & lies; Mentions of rumors, gossip, lies & lying; Mentions of jealousy & hatred; Mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of someone breaking another’s arm.

Sexual Content- nine hand/palm kisses, two cheek kisses, an ear kiss, six forehead kisses, three head/hair kisses, three not-detailed kisses, seven barely-above-not-detailed, and seven semi-detailed kisses; Touches & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Longing to kiss a spouse; Noticing & Smelling; Since they are married, they do share a bed (no hints or mentions of any marital acts); Mentions of blushes; Mentions of kisses, kissing & almost kisses; Mentions of married or dating couples kissing; Mentions of a wedding night (no details or hints); A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of mothers who died in childbirth; A few mentions that Dirk never chose being in a woman’s company [bed]; A couple mentions of vows of celibacy; A couple mentions of a house of ill repute; A mention of being seduced; Love, being in love & the emotions;
            *Note: *Spoiler* Gwyn loses the baby (blood, mourning & the feelings of it all, up to semi-detailed) *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of women’s monthly course & pain; Mentions of modesty & just wearing a nightgown; A few mentions of a wet nurse; A mention of a man’s bare back.

-(Lady) Gwyneth Godfrey
-Devon “Dirk” Godfrey
                                      1st person P.O.V. switches between them
                                            Set in 1567 (Epilogue in 1569) {Medieval}
                                                 250 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add ½ to a full star for those who have read the previous books}
This final book in the “Steadfast Love” series literally stressed me out. Oh my goodness, this poor couple just can’t catch a break! (Dear sweet author, every time they were hurting, I was hurting! That one part, owww! My heart!) This is so bittersweet that this is the last of Gwyn and Dirk! The ending was everything though! (Love, love it!)
I still truly adore Gwyn, if y’all couldn’t tell from my previous reviews of the previous books (#1 & #2). Speaking of the previous books, I again was so happy with all the faith content and was also so happy that a book with a married couple was so clean! No hints of any marital acts or anything, so an A+ to the author! Truly, none of those kisses were too much, as it was more of a peck here and a peck there. Super sweet!
I look forward to learning more about this author’s next series when we get new info. :)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.


  1. Thank you so much for this review, Lindsey. I loved reading it! I'm so glad you enjoyed Gwyn (I'm sorry you hurt when she hurt!) and the finale to her and Dirk's story. :) I'm grateful for your support!

    1. Not a problem at all, Rachelle! Thanks for contacting me to review them! Looking forward to what you'll write next! :)
      Have a wonderfully Blessed day!
      ~Lindsey Z.
      Owner of BFCG