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Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. As little girls my sister and I spent a lot of time picking blackberries and returned home from the pasture many a time with blackberry-stained hands. In my opinion the most critical point of this book centers around an afternoon of blackberry picking with Laura, Sean, Cassie, and Tigger. Unfortunately it takes the entire novel to understand why this particular afternoon would play such a huge impact on the rest of their lives. Laura's dad, Elliott, finds them picking blackberries by the railroad tracks and reminds them to keep a close eye on Cassie's little sister, Tigger. Although they promised they would, once Sean leaves to go to the lake Cassie is quickly able to persuade Laura to leave Tigger so they can go back to Cassie's house and paint their fingernails. A bulk of the story takes place when Laura returns home to bury her mother and sort through her things. More than saying goodbye to her mother this trip becomes all about digging into her father's disappearance and assumed drowning that had occurred twelve years prior, just before Laura left for college. Rumors around town claim that her father has been seen recently. Laura sets out to discover if there's any truth to those rumors and before long Sean, her best friend and high school sweetheart, is helping her but finding it difficult to imagine the man he idolized could have walked away from his family but in the back of his mind he knows it could be possible. It becomes apparent that not everyone wants Laura looking for her father and after a few incidents Sean refuses to leave Laura alone for fear that someone might harm her.

Now that you've got a good summary of what's going on I'll give you my opinion of how everything comes together. I was disappointed and I'm not entirely sure why. I think perhaps I didn't like how the search for Laura's father drug on and on and then at the very end of the book there were too many twists too soon and not enough time spent explaining the why behind them. While I would still say this is a good book I just don't feel it's as good as it could have been but it's a wonderful story that takes a harsh look into the possibility of a man walking away from his family and the lingering effects that his absence had in the lives of Laura, her mother, Sean, and friends of her father. I only wish certain parts of the book had been expanded a bit more. I also wish the end had been a bit different with Laura and Sean. Once I read the ending I completely changed my mind about how I felt about the two of them as a couple.


If you think this sounds like a book you'd be interested in you can get more information about the book here, check out the author's website here,  and read her bio here. Meg Moseley can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. I highly encourage you to check out Gone South, one of her previous novels that I also had the privilege to review. It was a wonderful book!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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