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July 13, 2014

A Stillness of Chimes

Review by Abi

By Meg Moseley

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 Chimes 
 I 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.   

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Publisher: Multnomah Books
Page count: 354
Purchase link: Amazon

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