A Stillness Of Chimes by Meg Moseley
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?
Mystery, a hint of romance, secrets, friendship, loyalty, happiness, sadness. I was lost in this book right from the first paragraph and loved it all the way to the end.
The book starts out when Laura and her friends are 12 yrs. old and they make a pact to always be there for each other. It then jumps to 18 yrs. later when Laura returns to her childhood home. Her mother recently died and she goes back home to handle her mother’s belongings. The last thing she expects is to hear that the whole town is talking about people seeing her long dead father around town. Of course she does the only thing she can do, which is to find out whether the rumors are true or not.
The characters in this book were well developed. The author wrote the character of Laura so that the reader couldn’t help but connect to her, and I did. I wanted to find out the truth to see if she could once and for all have closure, and though I tried to figure it out, the ending did surprise me. I love that Sean was kind and caring and loyal. Granny Colfax was my favorite character though. She was a hoot and reminded me of someone I know.
I haven’t read any of Moseley’s other books but am adding them to my “to read” list.
I’d recommend this book 100%! It’s definitely going on my favorite books of 2014 list!!
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review