I’ve been going through a phase lately in which I can’t seem to make it through most fiction books. I keep trying different ones and then setting them down, never to return, because there is nothing in them that draws me back.
That being said, A Stillness of Chimes is one of the few novels in recent days that I’ve retained interest in and felt compelled to finish. I read Meg Moseley’s first novel, When Sparrows Fall, a few years ago, and I enjoyed it, but I can tell that she has matured and improved as an author from that time until now.
A Stillness of Chimes is about a woman, Laura, who, upon the unexpected death of her mother, returns to the small southern community she grew up in. Laura has a lot to sort through—literally and figuratively—especially when rumors begin surfacing that make her question certain circumstances of her past. On top of that, her high school boyfriend of many years before is trying to woo her again, and Laura is not sure she should allow him to.
This is a story of compassion, forgiveness, and healing. I found the setting charming and the characters likable. Laura and Sean’s relationship (in whatever form it takes) is pretty special, and their dialogue is sweet and funny.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.