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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
When teacher Laura Gantt comes home to Prospect, Georgia to settle her recently-deceased mothers household, the last thing she expects to encounter is a swirl of rumors about the father she lost to the lake twelve years agothat he has reportedly been seen around town. Elliott Gantts 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 fathers 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 Elliotts resurrection and to care for her, but he has his own reasons, troubling echoes from his childhood, to put Elliotts 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?
"Meg Moseley has composed a haunting, melodic tale that, like any great ballad, lingers long after the last note. Full of romance, intrigue, and whispers from the past, A Stillness of Chimes will stir readers hearts and awaken their own unanswered what-ifs…and bring hope that maybe some dreams dont have to die."
Betsy St. Amant, author of The Rancher Next Door and Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK
"If youre looking for sweet tea with a twist, youll find it in Meg Moseleys irresistible A Stillness of Chimes. With sacred themes of family and the beauty of second chances, this novel sweeps you south and touches your soul in ways you wont soon forget."
Laura Frantz, Christy Award finalist and author of Loves Reckoning
"A small mountain town in Georgia, with its wry humor and full complement of kudzu, is the background for this story of three closely related families. However, less than congenial relationships lurk beneath the poetic prose of this talented writer. Clue upon clue buildsto at last reveal the startling end, hinted in the storys beginning. The finish may catch you by surprise, but its rich meaning will leave you with wonderful food for thought."
Ruth Trippy, author of The Soul of the Rose
"Assured writing, fully realized characters, and family secrets revealed are deftly woven to create a story as compelling as its title. When the chimes still, healing, faith, and light weave through the silence left behind. Readers will find themselves caught up in Sean and Lauras journey to wholeness and love."
Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of The Prayer Box and Wildwood Creek
"I loved A Stillness of Chimes. Its a classic southern story with childhood friends, memories, a mystery, and a lake. Moseley tells the tale in her unique fashion and lyrical storytelling voice. I highly recommend."
Rachel Hauck, best-selling, award-winning author of Princess Ever After and The Wedding Dress
"Theres something magical in the sound of chimes. Something ethereal in the tinkling of notes gracing the air. Ms. Moseley has written an ethereal story of love and of loving family. Dont miss A Stillness of Chimes, lovely in the prose, magical as it unfolds."
Angela Breidenba ch, author of A Healing Heart and president of the Christian Authors Network
Marian4 Stars Out Of 5A Stillness of ChimesJune 30, 2016MarianQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I haven't finished it yet but so far I really enjoy it. I'm hoping that the two high school sweethearts get back together in the end & is her father still alive or is it just more small town rumors? Can't wait to find out the answers!
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Atmospheric, hauntingly beautiful storyJuly 15, 2014Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Stillness of Chimes - the title itself is compelling and descriptive of what readers will find within these pages. It sets a mood, an atmosphere, almost foreshadowing with these words: "There was no sound but the wind in the trees and the chimes. Then the wind stilled. Everything was hushed, as if the whole world waited for something to happen."
A Stillness of Chimes is one of the most original and memorable books I've ever read. It almost has a haunting quality to it, and its characters are still in my thoughts. The setting is the small north Georgia town of Prospect - a town that was "half tourist trap and half hick town." The storyline beautifully incorporates several themes - childhood friendships and family secrets . . . PTSD, parental abuse, abandonment . . . questions and doubts when it comes to matters of faith - all in Meg's unique and lyrical style.
Meg's stories capture the essence of the South and there's almost a magical quality to her writing, especially when she sets her story in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southern Appalachia. This area is my heritage and I can truly say that Meg has captured the essence of these mountains and the people. Her outstanding first novel, When Sparrows Fall, had a similar setting and style, so I was thrilled that she returned to this familiar setting.
"Laura Gantt didn't believe in ghosts, but sometimes she wondered if living across from a graveyard had warped her. Part Irish, all southern, descended from moonshiners and holy rollers, she'd always believed in things she couldn't see. Her dad said it was just the old whisperings in their blood."
This opening paragraph gives a sense of mood, Meg's lyrical writing style, and a glimpse into lead character, Laura Gantt. I was immediately drawn to Laura and Sean, loved the friendship and chemistry between them. But it's the off-screen character of Laura's father, Elliott Gantt, who drives the story. Elliott is such an interesting and compelling character - he fought in Vietnam, loved his family, and was trained in survival techniques. He could also play - and build - the fiddle, mandolin, guitar.
One of my favorite secondary characters was the mysterious and wise Granny Colfax, so funny in her thoughts regarding cell phones: "All those calls, cluttering up the heavens. Turning the whole sky into a tower of Babel. I wonder if anybody ever really listens to each other anymore." She could have easily been in my family tree!
Spiritual themes are woven throughout with subtlety, in a way that fits this narrative - and I think that is a sign of mature writing. How beautiful are Sean's thoughts as he looks at the graveyard "with all its crosses that preached silent sermons about the life to come"!
Then there's the scene where hearing the "Doxology" reminds Laura of the creed her father taught her as a child: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Laura acknowledges that "she would never understand any of it completely. Not this side of heaven." And isn't that where most of us are? Not fully understanding, seeing only in part - but that rich heritage of faith runs through our veins and we look forward to all that will be in heaven. And that's where a childlike faith and trust enters in.
This wasn't a book that I could rush through, so I read slowly and savored each word, often going back to read through certain passages again. Highly recommended to those who enjoy relationship drama with hidden depths.
Thank you to Meg Moseley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest
JanetTemple, TXGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Mystery - A Story of FaithfulnessJune 29, 2014JanetTemple, TXGender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Childhood friends Laura Gantt, Sean Halloran, and Cassie Bright (along with Cassie's little sister, Tig) vowed they'd always watch out for one another. Then they grew up and two moved away. But now they're all back in town at the same time, and they need each otherÃ¢â¬âwhether all three want to admit it or not.
Laura is in town for her mother's funeral. An only child whose father drowned twelve years ago, Laura is the sole heir, responsible to settle her mother's estate. Rumor has it, however, that her father didn't really drown. Rather he faked his own death and went into hiding. Members of the small community in Georgia have started catching glimpses of him, insisting he's alive and well. With the help of her friends, Laura must uncover the truth while helping Cassie discover the meaning of her own mother's disconcerting change in behavior.
"A Stillness of Chimes" is a mystery that kept me guessing until the end. But it's also a story of faithful friendship and patient love, of steadfast loyalty to those who don't always deserve it yet receive it anyway from people who choose to care about them when given every reason to simply walk away. I appreciated this story and thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review. Meg Moseley is an author whose books I've come to watch for. "A Stillness of Chimes" did not disappoint!
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Romance, Suspense and Small-town CharmMay 13, 2014IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Laura Gantt has returned to her small home town of Prospect, Georgia, to settle up her mother's estate. The town is abuzz with rumours: it seems her father, Elliot, has been seenÃ¢â¬âeven though he's been dead for years. Did he fake his death? If so, why? And if he really is dead, who is snooping around Laura's house? Meanwhile, Laura also has to deal with Sean Halloran, her high school sweetheart, and Ardelle, her best friend's mother, who seems to be losing her mind.
The story is intriguing from the beginning, yet it's only in the very last pages that we see the significance of those first few pages. The plot unfolds slowly, giving us time to get to know the characters and to wonder, along with Laura, if her father really is alive, and to puzzle the other secrets that unfold as we get to know the characters.
A Stillness of Chimes is full of secrets and mystery, and captured my attention from the start. It's the story of rediscovered romance as three childhood friends reunited as adults and coming to grips with grown-up problems including death, marriage difficulties and ageing parents. Well worth reading.
Thanks to Multnomah Books and Blogging for Books for providing a free book for review.
CallieAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Mysterious StoryMay 12, 2014CallieAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley is the story of Laura Gant, who comes home to Georgia for her mother's funeral only to learn that her father has been seen around town - after he was thought to have drowned years ago. As she begins to clean out her mother's house she finds clues to a family history she was never aware of, and she starts to get her hopes up that her dad might be alive after all.
This book gave me the feeling of musty smells and peeling paint, but in the best possible way. The descriptions of the town and settings were so colorful, and there was an undertone of creepy mystery through most of the book that added to the overall charm of the story. There was also a subtle romance through the book as Laura is thrown together with her old flame as she investigates.
As I was thinking back on the story, I'm not sure I have read a book that was as interesting as this where so little actually happened! I thought it was very well written, and it kept me interested without even needing to use a lot of action, which is not easy to do. The characters were really believable and likable, and I liked the subtle character growth through the story. The ending was good and fit really well with the tone of the rest of the book, I thought.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes a mixture of drama and mystery.
Note: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
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