03 March 2014

A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley

Begin with chapter one here.
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What if the pain of the past revealed an unknown sacrifice that changes everything?
When teacher Laura Gantt comes home to Prospect, Georgia to settle her recently-deceased mother’s household, the last thing she expects to encounter is a swirl of rumors about the father she lost to the lake twelve years ago – that he has reportedly been seen around town. Elliott Gantt’s body was never found and he was presumed dead. 
Reeling from the sharp loss of a parent, Laura must now grapple with painful memories surrounding her father’s disappearance and the sense of abandonment she experienced after his death. Life-long friend and former beau Sean Halloran wants nothing more than to protect Laura from the far-fetched stories of Elliott’s resurrection and to care for her, but he has his own reasons, troubling echoes from his childhood, to put Elliott’s disappearance to rest.
Working together, Laura and Sean begin to uncover the truth, one mired in the wooded peaks and deep waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Prospect. Can they fathom how many secrets the steep hills hold? With surprising facts revealed, will Laura be able to understand the sacrificial choices made that forever changed her life? And can love and a peace with God be rekindled in her heart after so much time has passed?

Intrigued from the start by the enigmatic combination of title and cover, Meg Moseley’s A Stillness of Chimes held me captive with the same spellbinding storytelling I found in Gone South. Painting a vivid and entrancing small-town Georgia setting, Moseley creates another tale with a desperate pursuit of truth and redemption, exposing the twists and turns of Laura’s relationships against the background of discovering her father’s mysterious fate. Drawn by the quirky, relatable characters and the creative interactions, I was kept questioning and conjecturing until the book’s final, explosive pages – a both heart-wrenching and heartwarming conclusion to be sure. Moseley’s A Stillness of Chimes is well-worth a read and I would have no problem recommending it wholeheartedly. I am very grateful I received a copy of this novel from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, with the opportunity to read and honestly review it.

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