A Stillness of Chimes
Small towns have big secrets. These secrets can destroy families and friendships as quickly as they can form the relationships. Laura Gantt grew up in Prospect, Georgia. Her best friend, Cassie, lived almost next door, and Sean, the guy who wanted her heart, lived across town. Cassie came from a prosperous family, while Sean lived in an abusive one. LauraÃ¢ÂÂs days were filled with picking berries with Cassie, and watching her own dad mentor Sean. Then the unbelievable happened Ã¢ÂÂ LauraÃ¢ÂÂs dad disappeared.
The strain and grief of this lost drove a wedge between Laura and her mom, and Laura headed out of town to start again. When her mother passes away, Laura returns to settle the family estate. She realizes there is more to settle than the family land and possessions. Rumors are spinning around town that her father is alive, and that several townsfolk have seen him. With determination Laura fights these vicious rumors, and throughout the next weeks she uncovers some buried secrets that just might get her hurt or worse. When LauraÃ¢ÂÂs momÃ¢ÂÂs chimes go missing in the middle of the night, she realizes that her father is alive, and knows that she will do anything to find him!
Sean is unsure as to what he believes. He loved Elliott Gantt like the father he never had. SeanÃ¢ÂÂs own father was ruthless and mean. As Sean and his older brother begin to secretly investigate the rumors, he finds himself investigating his heart where it concerns Laura. Can love heal the past wounds, or would it just be a blanket to cover them? Will the sacrifices of the past be realized for what they were meant for?
*I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah, and am not being compensated for my review.
April 15, 2014
A Stillness of Chimes is a character driven book. It moves at a slower pace them some suspense type books but it is so well written. The book is so full of emotions and characters that you feel you've known for a long time in the end. A Stillness of Chimes tackles a often hard to describe subject that many suffer from PTSD. The book is all about that but does cover it and she does such a great job. You really feel for Laura's dad and family. Since Laura's dad suffers from it the whole family is affected even long after he is gone. A Stillness of Chimes is about love, family, second chances and redemption. This book has faith, suspense, romance and an ending that will have you going "What!" The cover is wonderful and so inviting. If I was at a bookstore or library I would grab this book for the cover alone. Then you read the story inside and will be so happy you grabbed a copy. I would recommend A Stillness of Chimes for all. This book has a little of something for everyone! Great for poolside or beach reading over Spring break if your kids haven't gone on theirs yet. We have ours in 2 weeks. If you've already had spring break add this book to your summer reading list!
April 2, 2014
Character driven with hints of suspense
This is a good novel but it is a little different in style. Most of the novel is character driven. The major character is Laura who has come back home during her summer break from teaching to take care of the possessions of her mother, who has recently died. Through her interaction with the people of the town, especially her high school boyfriend Sean, we learn about her past. She and Sean were close as teens but upon graduation, she ended their relationship and went far away to college. Twelve years ago her father apparently drowned while on a fishing trip although his body was never found.
Throughout the novel we get a sense that there is something going on that will ultimately generate a time of suspense. Laura finds out that there are rumors floating around town claiming her father has been seen Ã¢ÂÂ that he is still alive. Strange things happen around her mother's house too. Sean remembers something from his childhood involving Laura's father that adds intrigue. And Sean's own father, a nasty drunk of a man, is determined to cause trouble.
While most of the novel is character driven, there is always the hint that something suspenseful is about to happen. Hang on until the end because the suspense does come, and then the book ends rather quickly.
There are themes of forgiveness and sacrifice in the novel. There are also enough twists and turns and family secrets that the plot keeps moving. I was a little impatient with the build up for the suspense, wondering if it would ever come. The plot itself was a little far fetched, I think, but the book is written well enough that it is worth reading.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
March 31, 2014
Good Read, but not Great
A Stillness of Chimes is Meg Mosley's latest book which I was very eager to read. She has become a favorite author of mine with her two previous books. She always gives the reader a different kind of storyline which makes her writing so interesting.
Laura comes home to Prospect, Georgia to go through and get ready to sell her mother's house after her death..She has been gone for a long time and now the town is full of rumors about her father who disappeared twelve years ago in the lake. Different people claim to have seen him. Since his body was never found, Laura firmly believes he is alive and sets out to find him. This is one of the story lines which Laura enlists the help of Sean ( her high school boyfriend) to help her find her father. Laura's father was a mentor to Sean but he is afraid to help her, since he has his own reasons for letting her father's disappearance stay that way. They do uncover the truth in the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround Prospect, but you will be very surprised with the facts they uncover. The ending completely surprised me. Can't tell you more, since you need to find out for yourself what I am talking about.
This book has romance, intrigue, second chances, memories, family secrets and great, believable characters. I really enjoyed the book but felt, at times, the story dragged with too much page fillers. Meg Mosely still writes beautiful stories and I look forward to her next book.
This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah free for my honest opinion.
March 29, 2014