Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Stillness of Chimes: A Novel

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730787

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?

My Impressions

This is the 2nd book I have had the pleasure to read my Meg Mosely. Gone South was the first.A Stillness of Chimes was beautifully written. This book captivated me from the first chapter.  Every time I thought I knew where the story was going to go, the author pulled another surprise and threw me for a loop that I adored.The depth of character development in this novel is riveting.  The author draws on past events and circumstances that create this beauty and sense of melancholy.  

The book was a fast.enjoyable read. The plot was good,although at times predictable, I still enjoyed the book on whole. There are several stories that are weaved through this book which added to it and made it more enjoyable. I loved the imagery and beautiful cover. I enjoyed the theme that was presented through out the book of past sins have future consequences.

As a Christian book however, the story did not work that well for me. It seems the characters never got the closure that needed to have and were left with questions about their faith,what they believed and in God in general. Maybe I just expected the pretty pink bow that tied up the story leaving no questions. It was unsettling to me. 

About the Author

Meg Moseley MegMosely lived more than half my life in other states, I'm still a Californian at heart. I love vintage bungalows, twisted oaks on rolling hills, and the rocky beaches of the Central Coast. A few blocks away from my childhood home stood a Lutheran church where I came to faith, first through Sunday School teachers whose kindness drew me to the kindness of God, and then through confirmation classes. The Bible verses that had been drilled into my head came to life in my heart.

After moving away from home as a teenager, I worked at a variety of jobs, from candle-maker in a tourist town to administrative assistant at a Christian college. I married a wonderful man from Michigan, and we lived north of Detroit for seventeen years. That's where we started homeschooling our three children, an endeavor that we finished in Georgia when our youngest
graduated from high school in 2009.

My husband and I live near Atlanta, close to the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. His motorcycle often carries us to the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, or the Carolinas. Sitting on the back of the bike, I can pray, enjoy the beautiful views, and plot new stories. Fiction makes my world go 'round, whether I'm writing it or reading it. 
Disclaimer:  * I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in return for an honest review. *

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