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When Laura Gantt returns to Georgia to handle her late mother's estate, she hears a startling rumor---that her father staged his drowning years ago and has recently been spotted roaming the mountains. With the help of her former high school sweetheart, Laura searches for the truth. But will what they find destroy their rekindled feelings?...

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A Stillness of Chimes Reviews

  • ✰☽♥✰Unsolved Mystery ✰♥☾✰
    2018-10-22 00:31

    I have to re-post my review. Not only did Goodreads remove my review, but also my rating for the book, the dates of the reading and that I've even read it.===================================Twelve year olds Laura, Cassie and Sean have known each other all their lives.Tag-a-long kid sister (Tigger) is seven and she's been there too.These three best friends (and Tigger) make a pact to always be there for each other.Later, Laura and Sean start to date. Everything is all peaches and roses.The pact comes into play when Laura's father dies in a mysterious drowning incident at the local creek.Everything falls after that.Years later, Laura's mother dies of a cerebral aneurysm.By this time, Laura lives in another state.She goes back to her home town to settle her mother's estate.Sean informs Laura of the rumors circulating that her father has been spotted around town.The rumors also say he faked his death.Could it really be true?Laura is extremely lucky because she's not alone in this world.She has her friends and possibly her father?===================================Dare I say this is possibly the best book I've ever read in my whole existence?It does have a religious undertone, but it wasn't enough to bother me. I'm not religious.I think anyone could enjoy this book.This book was such a pleasant surprise. I can't recommend it enough.I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for a honest review.===================================Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! 100% Yes!Would I read this author again? Most definitely!

  • Holly
    2018-11-07 20:27

    This book is so awesome! I could not put it down. You want to find out what happens so bad that you keep reading all night. Loved it!

  • Spencer Riley
    2018-11-12 19:14

    Find more of my reviews at http://onthesamepagebookreviews.blogs...If you’re searching for a heart-tugging story with demonstrative friendships, you’ve found the right book. If you’re searching for an author with an extraordinary gift of creating comprehensive, varied characters and an atypical storyline, you’ve found the right book. A Stillness of Chimes, by Meg Moseley, is a rare treasure, a beautifully woven tapestry of love, lies, loyalty, betrayal, mystery, and revelation. Laura Gantt returns to Prospect, Georgia, the close-nit nostalgic town of her childhood, to attend her mother’s funeral. Her plans to settle her mother’s household and return to Denver are upset with rumors that her father, Elliot, who suffered from PTSD and drowned in the lake twelve years prior, has been seen in various places around town. Are the rumors true? Is he alive? Had he faked his death? The painful rumors imply he’d abandoned her and her mother. But…if they’re true, there’s a possibility of being reunited and righting past wrongs.Sean Halloran, Laura’s childhood friend and former boyfriend, is emotionally awakened by her return to North Georgia. He’s loved her and her family for as long as he can remember. Laura’s mother, Jessamyn, was a maternal, caring neighbor, and her father, Elliot, had rescued Sean from the hands of his abusive father and mentored him in crafting musical instruments. Sean doubts the rumors of Elliot sneaking around his home place are true. The only ghosts in Prospect are distant memories, bruises from his drunkard father, and a wounded heart from unanswered love.Almost immediately, I’m emotionally drawn into this story. This is definitely one of those can’t-put-down books. Initially, the story is deliberate, but unhurried, then tensions build, questions arise, love awakens, and pages turn faster. There isn’t a sluggish, unneeded plot-filler or character. Every scene, every item or conversation moves the story forward—even Mikey, the ugly, old rescue cat Laura inherits, directionless creeping Kudzu, and eccentric Granny Colfax, who walks about town carrying a parasol and wearing shoes with the toes cut out. There are many characters, but I was never confused about who was who. The author does a fabulous job of giving her main and secondary characters depth, with well-rounded personalities, secrets, and even vocations (teacher, luthier, real estate, etc.) that weave intricately and expertly throughout the story. There isn’t anything that I don’t love about this story, but what I’m most partial to is the southern setting and the continuity of childhood friendships, promises, and wounds, into adulthood. I’m invested in each individual. I ache for their losses and failures, as well as applaud their loyalty, love, and triumphs. I’m familiar with the Blue Ridge Mountain area, where this story takes place, so I fell into the southern setting and lifestyle with clarity. The South’s charm is evident, with covered dishes, gossiping neighbors, eccentric old ladies, church-going townsfolk, and nicknames like Tigger, Eeyore, Turbo, and Slinky. A Stillness of Chimes is a full, satisfying story. The only longing I’m left with after completing this book is a sequel, revealing the complete resolution of Laura’s uncertainty of faith and fear of the future.Publisher: Multnomah BooksPage count: 354Disclosure of Material Connection in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Blogging for Books has provided me a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  • Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
    2018-10-31 20:39

    This southern tale begins when Laura Gantt returns home to Georgia when her mother passes away. Upon returning, she hears rumors swirling that her father has been spotted. Her father who’s been dead for 12 years. Stressed by both the death of her mother and the rumored sightings of her father she leans on Sean Halloran, Laura’s old boyfriend who still manages to make her feel something. A Stillness of Chimes is a story of forgiveness, pain, and love that never leaves.Well, I’ll start with the things I enjoyed about this book. There was a certain southern charm about the characters. Laura, Sean, and Cassie were all quite funny in a real, down-to-earth way. The mystery was entertaining, even if it was a bit repetitive. The love story was cute. The main problem I had with A Stillness of Chimes was that there were 343 pages of a story that could have fit into 100. To be honest, I got really bored. I felt like I was reading the same thing at page 50 that I was reading at page 250. The mystery of Laura’s dad possibly being alive consumed the entire story, instead of enforcing it.I did enjoy a quote from this book. Laura says, “You could cover up the truth, but you couldn’t change it. That was one kind of covering. There was another kind too. Love that covered a multitude of sins.”There were good elements to the story; like the characters, setting, and family history. I’m sure a lot of people would like this book, but for me personally I thought it was just OK.**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review. All thoughts are entirely my own.

  • Casey
    2018-10-28 19:28

    The depth of character development in this novel is deep and subtle, drawing deeply on the surrounding events that are happening to the characters with a beauty and an ease to the storytelling that made it easy to keep picking up this book.Our heroine, Laura has not had the easiest of lives and that has contributed everything to where she is right now. In her hometown, her childhood sweetheart back in her life and the potential that her once thought to be dead father could very well be alive. If that is not enough emotional depth, I don’t know what is. There is much happening within the characters and I think it’s balanced well with the action of the story, though it is slight and more is focused on creating rich and deep characters. I found sections of the story emotionally pulling at my heart strings and while the romance is subtle, it drew me in ever so gently-a hard thing to do with this hopeless romantic. I did think parts of the story might have been a little bit slow, but on the flip side of that, the literary quality, the character depth, the symmetry woven throughout the story created a great character driven women’s fiction.This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.

  • Staci
    2018-10-26 01:21

    I love the cover and title of this novel. The title does have a meaning - love that!The prelude which was set when Laura, Sean, Cassie and Tig were tweens fully pulled me into the novel . I wasn't as engaged in the current day story initially. About 200 pages into the novel, I got pulled into Laura's world and really enjoyed the second half of the novel. The ending was spectacular.I recommend A Stillness of Chimes for fans of Katie Ganshert.Thank you to the publisher, Multnomah, for a complimentary copy of the novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2018-11-04 22:34

    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. Highly recommended.Full review at The Power of Words:

  • Sheila
    2018-11-04 21:23

    The small town of Prospect, Georgia, has plenty of secrets in Meg Moseley’s A Stillness of Chimes. Never having been to Georgia, I really enjoyed the feel of entering a different place through the eyes of her characters. Laura Gantt might avoid going back into church, as she feels too many eyes on her, having returned to close up her childhood home after the death of her mother. But there’s always the possibility she might stay, or even the chance that her father, long mourned as dead, might somehow return.Laura’s childhood friends are still around too. Cassie’s back from California and wondering if her marriage is worth saving. Sean copes with his abusive father and still makes music and instruments. Tig, Cassie’s once-annoying little sister, is happily making babies, and seems the only really settled one. Meanwhile parents and friends offer welcome, plus the occasional tuna casserole. Wind chimes play their tune. The widow lives in a dream world, and Cassie’s mother is turning her world into a dream.With so many characters and so many needs, this story could be confusing. But the author does a good job with point of view, keeping the novel progressing forward, revealing detail at just the right time, and gradually building suspense as the chimes fall silent.It’s not a scary tale; readers will easily guess much of what’s to come, just as Laura does. It is dark and oppressive sometimes, with secrets untold, but the story’s lightened by naturally humorous dialog, and pleasing relationships. In all, A Stillness of Chimes is an enjoyable story with a pleasing lesson in the power and importance of love and trust, and communication. Just maybe, those chimes might be hiding a still small voice.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah blogging for books and I promised my honest review.

  • Rachel Brand
    2018-11-09 00:14

    Laura Grantt’s life has never been the same since her father mysteriously drowned weeks before she was due to start college. This drastic incident was a turning point for Laura, causing her to break-up with her long-term boyfriend and attend a university further away from home. Although Laura has a successful career as a teacher in Colorado, she’s forced to return to Georgia to deal with her mother’s estate following her death. Laura is barely home for a couple of days before rumours begin circulating about a mysterious figure seen around town—a vagrant who some people believe bears a significant resemblance to Laura’s long-dead father. Sean Holloran, Laura’s high school sweetheart, is determined to shield Laura from these rumours, but this only makes her wonder even more about the truth of her father’s long-ago drowning. His body was never found, so could he really be alive? As Laura contemplates the possibility, she wonders what would drive a man like her father to commit such an act, and convince his loved ones that he had died. If he truly is alive, does he want to be found? And does Laura really want to learn the reason why he tried to convince his family and friends that he was dead? As Laura’s search continues, she digs up secrets long hidden that reveal truths about her family that she could never have imagined.I absolutely loved Meg Moseley’s debut novel, When Sparrows Fall, when I read it back in 2011, and I’m forced to admit that it’s nearly impossible not to compare any of her subsequent novels to the one that won me over. I didn’t fall in love with A Stillness of Chimes, but it does contain many of the characteristics that made When Sparrows Fall so memorable—a setting that comes to life on the pages, secondary characters who weave in and out of the protagonists’ lives, and story threads that somehow come together even though they don’t appear to be linked in the slightest. While the synopsis for A Stillness of Chimes intrigued me for well over a year, the book itself didn’t immediately grip me. This novel has a slow start, and while I appreciate the time Meg took introducing the secondary characters and inhabitants of Laura’s hometown, it took some time for the mystery about Laura’s father to really grab my attention. The intricacies of Laura’s father’s disappearance take a while to emerge, but once Laura does start investigating the possibilities the book becomes a lot more interesting.For a while, some of the story threads in A Stillness of Chimes felt out of place, given how little bearing they had on the main storyline. Laura spends a lot of time reading her mother’s diaries and trying to learn what her mother may have knew or suspected about her father’s death, but it takes a long time for anything she reads to actually bear any significance. Likewise, the storyline about Laura’s childhood friend and her mother’s bizarre behaviour—following the death of Laura’s own mother—is intriguing, but it took me a while to realise that it was linked to the many storyline. Ultimately, everything does fall into place, and I was surprised by some of the discoveries Laura made towards the end of the book! And given the many, many Nancy Drew novels I gobbled up as a preteen, it takes a lot to really surprise me.I feel conflicted about the ending of this novel. Although I was pleased with how most of the storylines worked out, a lot happened in the final few chapters. It felt like there was a lot of build-up to a couple of short scenes, and a sort of happily-ever-after epilogue. Maybe it’s just because the rest of the novel was relatively slow-moving, but the number of discoveries that were made towards the end of the novel, and the ultimate “resolution of conflict” scene in which everything collided felt a little rushed. You may well need to go back and reread the final chapters to make sure you didn’t miss anything important.Romance is probably one of my favourite genres—although it took me a long time to admit this, even to myself—and I wasn’t entirely satisfied with Laura and Sean’s relationship. Don’t get me wrong, they were very sweet together and I was glad that they were able to put aside their fears and be positive about their future together, even after all those lost years. But most of Laura and Sean’s relationship development happens in the past. They reminisce about special memories, but most of the on-screen romance in A Stillness of Chimes is pretty minimal, mostly focusing on their reconciliation and dealing with the burdens that have kept them apart. It’s hard to root for Sean and Laura to get together because it feels pretty inevitable, given their past. Definitely don’t go into this book looking for a traditional romance, or even one that takes up most of the screen-time. Laura and Sean’s relationship was a nice addition to the book, but even this romance-reader found the mystery portions more interesting than the reunion romance!A Stillness of Chimes may not have captured my heart in the same way that Meg Moseley’s debut novel did, but the mystery and “What If?” possibilities definitely kept my attention. Although this is only Meg’s third novel, I have a feeling that small, Southern towns and their inhabitants are going to become a trademark of her work, as well as her ability to delve into family secrets and tie multiple storylines together. Review title provided by Waterbrook Multnomah.

  • Abi Riley
    2018-10-22 18:26

    The coyotes went silent all at once. 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.~quote from A Stillness of ChimesI seldom award five hearts, but A Stillness of Chimes deserves such a rating. The twists and turns in this novel consumed me like the kudzu devouring the pines in Laura's hometown of Prospect, Georgia.The loyalty between the main character, Laura Gantt, and her childhood friends, Cassie and Sean, are apparent from the first page to the last. Compassion, inner-turmoil, haunting sightings, heartache, and so much more churn just below the surface of this story, then it bursts out for the reader to embrace—or gasp at an unexpected plot twist.The relationship between Laura and Sean is an intriguing mix of angst and humor. Their interactions made me laugh out loud."Don't look at me that way.""Sorry, Can't help it.""Yes you can.""Easy for you to say. You're not the one looking at you."Though, there are lighthearted moments, Laura's life is filled with underlying pain, engraved deeper than the woodwork her father, Elliot, created when she was young. Due to her fears, Laura's love for Sean, held at arm's length, is undeniable…and in her eyes, impossible.Complicating things further, the rumors and recent sightings of her long-dead father, invades every waking moment. Laura's steadfast love for her father, the man who sang her lullabies at one turn, but struggled with PTSD from the Vietnam war, tore at my heart.Mystery and unresolved issues abide throughout this novel, however, Laura's faith carries her through, eventually leading her to answers—and none lead to an expected ending. My jaw dropped, my eyes filled with tears, my heart broke and rejoiced at the same time.If you're looking for a book you can't put down, this is it.

  • Diana Montgomery
    2018-11-02 19:25

    A Stillness of ChimesBy: Meg MosleyThis is my first book by Meg Mosley, but I loved it. Will look into others by her. Once I started this book there was no putting it down. A Stillness of Chimes is a book of secrets. These are secrets that are many years kept. Thinking her father was dead and then there being sightings of him. Can this be true? After the death of her mother things start to come out. Just when you think you got it figured out nope there is a twist. Meg has a lot of tough issues in this book, being abandoned and abuse then the PTSD. She writes them wonderfully. Meg had to do a lot of research on PTSD was very well described. My son served and I can relate to it. These things will put you to the test of how your faith stands. Can their be forgiveness? I like that she writes Christian fiction and it is clean has people praying and going to church. This is my kind of book. Honoring the Lord in her writing. I loved the characters my favorite was Granny Colfax. Kind a reminded me of mine.I really enjoyed this book. I have become a fan. I look forward to more by Me Mosley.This book was a gift from WaterBrook Multnomah for sharing my own honest review with you.

  • Alison P
    2018-11-06 02:23

    I didn't know much about this book when I picked it from Blogging for Books but I knew that I read the previous book (review here) by the author and she was a great writer. I was really looking forward to her next book even though I didn't know what it was about. I got it as soon as it was available and waited for it to come. A Stillness of Chimes: A Novel by Meg Moseley was on my list of books that I was excited to read when it came out even though I had no idea what it was about and I wasn't disappointed!Laura Gantt came home to deal with her mother's funeral and all of her families possessions after her mothers unexpected passing. When she arrives home, she hears rumors that her long ago drowned and presumed dead father was still alive and wandering around town. She is having a hard time dealing with the fact that she has no family left so holds on to the unlikely possibility that her father is still alive. During this trip home, she reconnects with her childhood best friend and boyfriend, Sean Holloran, who helps to protect her against his father and a mysterious intruder. In order to find out all of the twists and turns, you have to read it yourself.This was a great book about dealing with family tragedy and growing stronger. There is a lot of interesting twists and turns through the book that show you the friendships and bonds that even though life long friends haven't been together in a very long time, they are strong and supportive. The friends that Laura has in the book stand with her through the amazing things that are uncovered in her mother's journals and possessions. I love Meg Moseley's writing because it really makes you feel like you are in the middle of the character's lives. I felt for all of the characters and learned all about their lives through her great writing. I hope that you check this out at your local bookstore or library.If you want to find out more about Meg Moseley, please check out her website here. There is more information about her available here with links to each of her books, as well as a few other authors you maybe interested in if you like her work.If you are a blogger and interested in learning more about the Blogging for Books, please check them out here. I found out about the program through someone else that was blogging about the book that they just read. Since I have a love of reading and all things books, it seemed like a nice program to try. If you are already active with the program, please tell me how you like it. I look forward to trying out some new books soon.*Please note that I was provided a free copy of the book through Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group through their Blogging for Books program for my honest opinion of the book. My review is also posted on Amazon and the Blogging for Books website, as well as my blog NOVA Frugal Family.

  • Andrea Cox
    2018-10-27 23:22

    A book I recently read has stayed with me these past few weeks. Meg Moseley’s A Stillness of Chimes held my interest from the very beginning as I wondered what troubled the lead male character, Sean Halloran. As that mystery, and many others, was revealed over the course of this novel, the characters wiggled into my heart. Laura, Sean, and Cassie each had their own problems to face, but I particularly connected with Laura Gantt.Her battle to believe or disprove the rumors that her dad, who was thought to be lost to the lake, has been seen wandering around town reminds me of the story I’m writing right now. Though there isn't any hope for my character's loved one to return, the rumors surrounding Laura Gantt’s father cause her to doubt everything she knew to be true. As Laura says, “This news about my dad… It changes everything.” Who knew one little whisper could change the entire dynamics of a lifetime of memories?The one thing I don’t like about this story was the inclusion of affairs. I realize it’s a part of real life, but it isn’t something I’m drawn to in the fictional books I read. I’d rather read about loyalty in marriage as it’s the way I believe God created marriage to be between a husband and wife. However, I believe this book may provide guidance to God’s saving grace for those who have made similar decisions in their lives.I especially enjoyed Meg’s style of writing. The reason? Because I never noticed I was reading a fictional story. It all seemed so real, so vivid. I was immersed in the characters’ lives as if I were living among them. It’s obvious a novel is well written when you don’t notice the author. Sometimes pet words or habits in sentence structure cause me to lose focus on the story and notice the author’s presence more. I’ve read two Meg Moseley books so far, and I never had that problem through any of the chapters in either novel. My hat’s off to her, and I look forward to discovering more of her creative storylines.Thank you so much to WaterBrook Multnomah for a complimentary copy of A Stillness of Chimes in exchange for this honest review.

  • Hayden
    2018-11-06 00:24

    I don’t normally read “Southern Fiction” but I thought Meg Moseley’s last book, Gone South, sounded interesting, and since I didn’t get a chance to read that one, when I saw A Stillness of Chimes available, I took it. Also, I’m always trying to mix up my reading every once in a while with books in a different genre than what I normally read- the mark of a good writer is one who can capture the attention of even a reader a bit reluctant to dive into a certain genre, right?I’m still not exactly sure what I thought of this novel; parts of it interested me (and by that I mean the mystery) but for most of it I felt like I was just dragging myself through, and if I hadn’t gotten it for review purposes, I probably wouldn’t have finished it.It’s not that the writing was bad; Meg Moseley has a pleasurable writing style and the story flowed well. It’s just that it was, as a lot of Southern Fiction is, very slow-paced. And in another trademark I’ve seen in a lot of books in the genre, there are so many characters with secrets and “skeletons in the closet” that sometimes it just feels a little soap-opera-y melodramatic. (I wouldn’t recommend this to younger readers, by the way, for that very reason.) I wouldn’t say there was much of it that I really liked or enjoyed; my motive for finishing was more along the lines of curiosity of how everything was going to turn out rather than a connection to the characters.That’s not saying that I’m telling you to pass on this book. If you enjoy southern fiction and/or contemporary fiction, you’ll probably like this one better than I did. So while I didn’t really care for A Stillness of Chimes, it was mostly due to my own personal preference in stories and not necessarily because the book itself was wanting. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kyetra Belton
    2018-11-15 20:40

    I really enjoyed this book and the closer I cam to the end, the faster I wanted to read.  It has the perfect combination of love and mystery.  And I really didn't see parts of the ending coming before they happened.  I like it when a book is able to surprise me a little. The character of Laura is wonderful.  I love that she can still have love and forgiveness for parents and for those that she discovered played a huge part in life.  Some of those, she never knew where such a big part.Laura and Sean were school friends and sweethearts.  Sean was pretty much taken in by her father after his own abusive father went to jail.  Sean thought that he and Laura would be together forever but her father drowning changed it all.  Now Laura's mother is also dead and she comes home to tie up the estate.  Little does she know that there are rumors that her dad never drowned.  In fact, people say that he disappeared out of choice.  If true, it could change everything that Laura believed to be true.I loved finding out if her father was truly alive.  And if she and Sean could ever get back what they lost.  And if her parents had major secrets that she didn't know about.  And of course, what in the world was going on with Ardelle.  I would totally recommend it. I received this book from Blogging For Books in return for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine. 

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2018-10-25 21:37

    About the Book:When Laura Gantt returns to Georgia to handle her late mother's estate, she hears a startling rumor---that her father staged his drowning years ago and has recently been spotted roaming the mountains.With the help of her former high school sweetheart, Laura searches for the truth. But will what they find destroy their rekindled feelings?About the Author:Meg Moseley is a Californian transplanted to the South. For four years, she wrote human interest columns for a suburban section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and she home-schooled for over twenty years. Mom to three grown children, she enjoys books, motorcycle rides with her husband, and gardening.My Review: A Stillness of Chimes, is probably a book that best describes how I would of felt directly after my own mother had passed away. I went through such a sad depression after the loss of my mother. I missed her so terribly I begged God to bring her back and turned very angry towards Him when He didn't. When you lose someone so close to you it can have devastating effects if you let it. But I do believe even after saying all of that, if I would of been in the place of the main character, Laura Gantt and learned that after 12 years my father was very much alive---I would be livid!Laura soon starts to investigate the happenings to uncover the truth about her father. She chooses to this with her former high school sweetheart and before long it rekindles things between them. What will either of these newly upturned situations bring to her life. Visit with Laura while she revisits the past in A Stillness of Chimes.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Blogging for Books Book Review Program.

  • Rambling Readers
    2018-11-08 20:34

    Meg Moseley always delivers novels with heart, depth, and complexity. True to the style set by her previous two novels, "A Stillness of Chimes" encompasses a spectrum of emotions in a multi-faceted plot. An air of mystery prevails throughout the novel, and every character has a story that becomes a cohesive part of the bigger story. Moseley steers readers directly into serious subjects and immerses us directly into life in Prospect, Georgia. "A Stillness of Chimes" certainly has its share of pain and less-than-happy realizations for the characters, but it is a beautifully written novel with a prevailing sense of hope and happiness.The novel's central mystery surrounds the presumed death of Elliot Gantt, but a web of connected mysteries is revealed as the plot unfolds. Elliot's daughter, Laura, and his protege, Sean, are left to uncover both past and present truths. With both of Laura's parents gone, there are no straight forward answers to the mounting questions, just assumptions and childhood memories. Moseley's storytelling kept me interested throughout the book's entire emotional journey. The characters are fully developed and even Laura's parents, who are only alive in Laura's and Sean's memories have complexities that make them three-dimensional. "A Stillness of Chimes" is novel that will touch reader's hearts. Moseley ventures far beyond predictability to create a Southern tale of love, forgiveness, and truth.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Karen Korb
    2018-10-28 02:18

    My Thoughts On The Book: A Stillness of Chimes is the first book I have read by author, Meg Moseley. Moseley is an amazing author and I can assure you that I will read her again. I was spellbound by the plot revolving around Laura Gantt's return to Prospect, Georgia to deal with her mother's estate. While in town she is reunited with her friends and sightings of her long dead father begin to occur. This book will definitely hold your attention. As a southerner who lives on the Georgia line I was delighted with the setting and the presentation of pure southern charm as it should be. I could almost hear the voices of the characters lilting in my ear as I read the book. I really appreciated the fact that the characters were not made to look like backwoods hillbillies. Many times I get irritated when writers portray their southern characters as uncouth, redneck, ruffians. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean, Christian, - southern fiction that surrounds relationships and mysteries. It was one you cannot put down until it is over. I loved the fact that there was no cursing, nothing sexual, and very little violence in the story. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book through Waterbrook Multnomah and their Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Jessica
    2018-10-21 19:17

    Excellent novel. The book follows Laura (after some reminiscing about experiences in her youth) as she returns to her hometown to get her mother's affairs in order after her death. Laura finds out that there are rumors that her father, a Vietnam Vet with PTSD, who was to have drowned in a lake ten years prior, may not be dead and has been surviving in the mountains. She spends time with her old friends, Carrie, who is like a sister to her, and ex-boyfriend Sean as she tries to determine whether the rumors are true. I definitely was engaged in the book and couldn't wait to find out whether the rumors were true and what was going to happen! The book has quite a few twists and turns and is more of a book about the relationships in the story than a mystery book, though there is a bit of that as well. I really enjoyed this book and cried my eyes out at the end. The only criticism for me, is the fact that Laura gives up her relationship with Sean because she can't imagine having his abusive father as a father in law. It seemed slightly unbelievable that, even though she obviously loved him, and still has feelings for him, she can't see past this point and wonders what genetics would affect their children despite the fact that Sean is a wonderful, loving, kind man who has obviously overcome his upbringing. This is a Christian novel, though it is not at all overwhelming and rarely discussed; It actually seemed like a very minor point in the story which is actaully a bit of a second criticism. I think that anyone enjoying clean romance/mystery would enjoy this book.I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Brittany
    2018-10-27 19:20

    When Laura Gantt returns to her home in Prospect, Georgia, she hears some unsettling rumors about her father whom was reported to have drowned twelve years ago. Some people have claimed to see Elliot Gantt alive and in the area. Laura, with help from her lifelong friend, Sean, begins to investigate the situation and find out if indeed her father is alive. Yet even as she hopes to find him alive, her heart aches to know why he abandoned her for so many years. And Sean has some very troubling suspicions that he desperately does not want to believe. And the deeper Laura and Sean look into the mystery, they are shocked at how many secrets that have lain buried in their own hometown. I actually really enjoyed this book. There was some romance in it, but it wasn't the main point of the story. The plot was very well developed, and the writing was engaging. While I suspected a few things were going to happen, there were still a lot of surprises by the end of the book.Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good clean fictional/romance. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five, was because I didn't think the spiritual conflict was resolved satisfactorily. Laura struggles throughout the book to embrace the beliefs of her childhood, yet there is really no defining moment when she finds her way. Other than that little detail, I thought this was a very nice book. I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

  • Hailey
    2018-11-12 18:30

    Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley A Stillness of Chimes is set in Prospect, Georgia and centers around the life of thirty year old Laura Gnatt. With the recent and unexpected death of her mother, Laura finds herself back home. Returning to the place she grew up has her feeling out of place. Especially when her old boyfriend, Sean is there. But when she returns home she finds people in town talking about seeing her father. The only thing is, her father died twelve years ago. With crazy rumors running around the whole town about her father, Laura doesn’t know what to believe. Sean tells her not to believe the rumors, but she begins to question if her father really died that day on the lake. The more she hears, the more she worries. What if her father was still alive? What if he was roaming around the woods with no food and no place to sleep? Desperate to find out more, she begins asking people around town where they saw him. She also begins reading her mother’s journal, searching for any clue that could tell her why her father would fake his death. A stillness of Chimes kept me guessing to the very end. I loved Stillness of Chimes. I’m usually not one for mysteries or guessing-games, but this book I loved. It has you guessing to the very end. I give this book four out of five stars. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.• Author's Website• Facebook• Twitter• More Info• Read Chapter One

  • Jennifer McClelland
    2018-11-15 23:35

    Posted at Book Hoarder ReviewsI have mixed feelings about this book. I really loved the characters and the setting, but the plot was a little shallow for my taste. I'm willing to give the author another go, but this book will probably be passed on to a friend or family member.I was very interested in reading this the day I found out that Blogging For Books was going to offer it up. I waited a whole month and then I had it in my hands. I sat down and read the whole thing in one sitting. Then I took three days to think of whether I really enjoyed it or not. I've come to the conclusion that I do like the book. It was entertaining enough for one read and I've found myself thinking of the characters after I've finished it.Parts of the plot were predictable but not to the point of rolling my eyes. I thought the ending was well written and tied up the plot nicely, but for a Christian book, the characters never got closure. Most of them are left questioning God and what they believe. I know that Christians go through this on a daily basis, but when a story ends, they should at least have answers.I wavered on 2 or 3 stars for this book, and I'm giving it 3 because it was a good book. I'm just not sure I'd read it again. I would recommend this to anyone, who loves the South, a cute mystery/romance or someone looking for a quick read.** I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in return for an honest review. **

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2018-10-23 02:16

    "What if the echoes of past heartaches uncovered an unknown sacrifice that changes everything?"This sentence from the back of the book will haunt you through every page.I love Meg Moseley's books. She writes with a depth that tugs at my heart. A southern Georgia mountain town, a bluegrass festival, a dead man who may not be dead, even after 12 years, secrets revealed that shatter hearts, friends whose lives are in turmoil, a love that has endured for 18 years.......this is the stuff of this book. Reading the prologue, (out loud to my husband) I was reminded of To Kill A Mockingbird. It has the same feeling, the same emotions running through it. Meg Mosely has created characters as rich and full as a southern blackberry cobbler made from the berries pictured on the cover. Deeply satisfying relationships, haunting melodies and so much more make this book one for your keeper shelves.The secrets kept by the characters herein are deep secrets, kept for over a decade and destined to never be revealed. Your heart will ache for these folks and what they've endured, you'll feel the Georgia clay on your feet as you read of the struggles in their lives and the hurts they've kept hidden in their hearts. This is a book NOT to be missed. You will want to read it in one sitting. I have closed the cover but want to go back and read it again!

  • Ionia
    2018-11-05 00:20

    This book started out intriguing and that initial interest stayed with me until the end. Mostly, this is a mystery with strong family ties. I liked the way the author kept the flow of her story going by using events from the past and the present intertwined. The characters are easy to get to know and like and I thought the Christian angle of this book was present but not overtly in your face, so if you like reading less "religious" Christian novels this would be a good choice. The most compelling part of this story for me was what happened many years ago coming to the surface, but the rest of the story molded around that event nicely and made for a well balanced reading experience. The writing itself was very good and the descriptions were handled in a way that wasn't overly wordy but still gave you a sense of place and the emotions of the characters. A bit if a wow ending, but not much on the characters after that. Still, enjoyable and unexpected. Definitely worth the time to read. Overall this was a great book. You should check it out if you like mysteries with a bit of romance tossed into the mix. This review is based on a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.

  • Iola
    2018-11-19 20:39

    Laura 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 seen—even 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.

  • Stephanie Vickers
    2018-11-19 18:17

    After reading Meg Moseley’s other novels, When Sparrows Fall and Gone South I anxiously awaited her next novel. Meg certainly did not disappoint! A Stillness of Chimes was beautifully written. This book captivated me from the first chapter. The book was filled with vivid detail of what it is like to live in the South right down to the descriptions of kudzu! Meg’s ability to describe the effects of living with someone that suffers from PTSD was also captivating. Growing up with a dad that also suffers from PTSD I felt like I could relate to Laura in several ways. I could relate to how she felt when her dad would go through the black moods. I felt very connected throughout my reading of this book. Meg is able to hold your attention throughout. I would find myself thinking about the characters several times throughout the day. This book contained, humor, sadness, true friendships, and of course romance! I highly recommend this book and any of Meg’s books to anyone! You will not be disappointed, I promise!!

  • Hannah
    2018-10-31 23:32

    A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley is a sweetly written book that takes the reader on a amazing journey, full of mystery, sadness, romance, humor, and of course some wonderful southern charm. I found some parts to be a little slow but otherwise A Stillness of Chimes was so worth the time spent reading it. The characters were developed so subtly, each in their own deep way that I would have been hard pressed to not fall in love with them. If you're looking for a book that you don't have to invest any emotion in than this is not for you. But if you want a book that is hard to set down and is filled with amazing characters and a beautiful story I suggest you get this book. This is the first of Meg's books that I have read and I look forward to picking up one of her others soon. 4 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack as sweet as the blackberries I pick from my backyard.I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

  • Laura
    2018-10-21 01:39

    When Laura comes home to settle her mom's estate, the past is waiting for her. Her high school boyfriend still loves her, and her dad who disappeared when she was a child may still be alive. I loved the hero of the book, Sean. He's strong and steady despite an abusive father. He's still in love with Laura, and I wished the book would have delved into why a little more. It had been a long time since she broke his heart and moved away. What was so special about her?I liked Laura too, and I think the author did a great job exploring Laura's feelings about her parents and their weaknesses.The plot is slow and steady at the beginning and then a rush of action at the end to a satisfying conclusion. I recommend this book to fans of Christian fiction who enjoy a mystery with more character development than action. I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.

  • Liz Ann
    2018-11-17 02:19

    Outstanding! I thought this book deserved a five-star rating. It is a suspenseful, mysterious, inspirational fiction with an incredible ending that you will not want to miss! The ending alone was five-star worthy! It is what I wanted for a good read. I recommend it!

  • Cookielover
    2018-11-01 23:36

    cover reminds me of peeta and katniss and the nightlock berries