A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley

From the back cover:

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?

My review:

This is a great book!  I didn’t realize until I opened the book and read the dedication page that the book would have anything to do with veterans.  When I saw the dedication to woundedwarriorproject.org, I was even more interested in reading the book.  The commercials for the wounded warrior project always make me feel like crying, and parts of this book did, too.

I expected a lot of mysteriousness from this book and it delivered.  However, the best part of this book was that even though I was curious to find out the truth and discover if Laura’s father is indeed still alive or not, the characters and descriptions were so great that I didn’t race through the book just to get to the end.  There are so many layers to this book, I really enjoyed reading it slowly and getting to know the people and the culture in the town.  The characters are so deep and the plot is superbly crafted!

Moseley does an excellent job of sprinkling clues throughout the text, but not in a way that it becomes too predictable.  There are plenty of surprises throughout the book, which isn’t always easy to find in a novel.  It is a realistic look into the reality of the human condition – people getting through life, doing the best they can with faith, family, and friends.

This is one of the best books I have read this year so far.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.  If you enjoy books that offer suspense and twists and turns, you will probably enjoy this book.  Furthermore, if you have a heart for servicemen and women and veterans in particular, this is a great book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

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