A Stillness of Chimes

a stillness of chimes

A Stillness of Chimes
By Meg Moseley
WaterBrook Multnomah
ISBN : 978-0-307-73078-7
Genre: Fiction – General

 

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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?

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The author:
Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she’s lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg eventually contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she’s the author of When Sparrows Fall and Gone South. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband. Connect via her website, Facebook and Twitter.

My views:
This is one of those books that draws you in from page 1 and keeps you absolutely riveted until the last page, and then you want some more. The author has dealt with a host of issues – PTSD, child abuse, extra-marital affairs, friendship, loyalty, guilt, jealousy and love with great sensitivity. The story reaffirms one’s faith in Love being the one thing that can overcome all pain.

I am looking forward to reading more of Meg Mosely’s books.


I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

A Season For Tending

a season for tending

Title: A Season for Tending

Author : Cindy Woodsmall

Category: Fiction – Amish & Mennonite

ISBN : 9780307730022

 

 

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.

Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.

Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe (adolescence), and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.

Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?

My views:

I am always fascinated to read about the Amish life and I’m glad to have been able to get a new look at it through Cindy Woodsmall’s  ‘A Season for Tending’.

The book had enough drama, romance and suspense to keep me interested until the end. It had a good dose of humour as well. I also appreciated that the characters were real people who struggled to resolve issues within themselves and in life.

I would definitely like to read the rest of the series.

I received this book from Blogging For Books and was not required to give a positive review.