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A Stillness of Chimes: A Novel

By Meg Moseley

Description:

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?

Book Takeaway:

Every Christian should be ready to follow Christ's example of sacrificial love.

Why the author wrote this book:

I started writing this book when I wondered what it would be like to grow up across the road from a country cemetery which would be a daily reminder of both mortality and eternity. As the characters grew on me, I knew I had to write the novel to explore the depth of the love between husband and wife, between parent and child, and between old friends, with the faithfulness of God filling in the gaps where human love sometimes fails.

Reviews

"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"
- Carole on July 17, 2014

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