A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley

 

A Stillness of Chimes

by Meg Moseley

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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? – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307730787#sthash.Fmtogz7Y.dpuf

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Finding out the dad you thought you lost years ago is now rumored to me living has to be a bittersweet feeling. And that is just what happened to Laura in this story. Returning home to clear out her mom’s belongings after her death is difficult enough, but to hear that her dad may be alive changes feelings about everything. And why would he frame his death and disappear? There are a lot of questions to be answered in A Stillness of Chimes, and I enjoyed the journey into the life of Laura’s family. I liked the little town of Prospect, Georgia and their people, though the town seemed to hold secrets that would later come to life as the story unfolds! And Meg Moseley creates a cast of realistic and unforgettable characters that will warm their way into your hearts, well most of them will, that is. I love Granny Colfax, she is one of those people that knows everything that is going on in a little community, no matter how weird she acts! And I so wanted everything good to happen to Sean, because he was just that kind of guy, though it was taking Laura a long time to realize it. Sean was just the person Laura needed to help her through all of the secrets she was uncovering.

I have been a huge fan of Meg Moseley’s since I read her first book, and she surely didn’t disappoint in A Stillness of Chimes. This was another heartwarming story from Ms. Moseley that is entertaining, fun, enjoyable and just a good clean read. The only thing I didn’t really like about this story was part of the ending, I just wanted a little more from Laura and the situation with her dad, but other than that, this was a fantastic read!

 “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

 

ABOUT 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. – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=123046#sthash.TUzwKzHW.dpuf

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Gone South by Meg Mosel

Gone South

by Meg Moseley

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The charm of the South drew her back to her family’s roots. But when the town’s old resentments turn the sweet tea bitter, can Tish find a welcome anywhere?

Leaving frosty Michigan for the Deep South was never a blip in the simple plans Tish McComb imagined for her life, dreams of marriage and family that were dashed five years earlier in a tragic accident. Now an opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War era home beckons Tish to Noble, Alabama, a Southern town in every sense of the word. She wonders if God has given her a new dream—the old house filled with friends, her vintage percolator bubbling on the sideboard.

When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.

Problem is, old habits die hard, and Mel is quite set in her destructive ways. With Melanie blocked from going home by her influential father, Tish must try to manage her incorrigible houseguest as she attempts to prove her own worth in a town that seems to have forgotten that every sinner needs God-given mercy, love and forgiveness.

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CLICK HERE to read chapter 1

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really enjoyed this southern story by author Meg Moseley. Tish McCombs’ life takes an unexpected turn when she loses her father, husband and her mother remarries and moves away. Tish could move closer to her mother, but that’s not exactly what she wants, though she is really not sure what it is she wants with her life. When she decides to go a round about way home from visiting her mom in Florida, Tish ends up in Noble, Alabama to the home of her great-great-great-grandparents because it is for sale. Never did she think she would purchase this old family home, but that is just what she did. But after moving there, neighbors wasn’t as friendly as Tish expected them to be, leaving Tish puzzled at what was going on.

 

I have to say I enjoyed Meg Moseley’s second book just as much as her first one! When Sparrows Fall was my very first book I read and reviewed, so it will always be special for me. And I have been waiting for Meg’s second book ever since, and Gone South was well worth the wait. I love the way Meg weaves together the difficult situations Tish had to face, with her faith in God to help her through those rough times. Tish and the rest of the characters were so well developed I grew to love each of them, and sometimes I felt as though I was living the story with them. And the way Tish treated Melanie Hamilton is a good example of how God gives us second, and third, and more chances in our Christian life.

 

This was such a heartwarming and entertaining story that I strongly recommend Gone South to you for a good, clean, and we can’t forget Southern read. You will be very happy you chose this one!

 

I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

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Although I’ve lived more than half my life in other states, I’m still a Californian at heart. I love vintage bungalows, twisted oaks on rolling hills, and the rocky beaches of the Central Coast. A few blocks away from my childhood home stood a Lutheran church where I came to faith, first through Sunday School teachers whose kindness drew me to the kindness of God, and then through confirmation classes. The Bible verses that had been drilled into my head came to life in my heart.

After moving away from home as a teenager, I worked at a variety of jobs, from candle-maker in a tourist town to administrative assistant at a Christian college. I married a wonderful man from Michigan, and we lived north of Detroit for seventeen years. That’s where we started homeschooling our three children, an endeavor that we finished in Georgia when our youngest
graduated from high school in 2009.

My husband and I live near Atlanta, close to the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. His motorcycle often carries us to the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, or the Carolinas. Sitting on the back of the bike, I can pray, enjoy the beautiful views, and plot new stories. Fiction makes my world go ’round, whether I’m writing it or reading it.

Interview and giveaway with Meg Moseley, Author of new debut book “When Sparrows Fall”

Interview with Meg Moseley, Author of  new debut book”When Sparrows Fall”

 

Hello bloggers, I am so happy today to have Meg Moseley her with us today. Meg’s debut novel “When Sparrows Fall” just came out and Meg is giving away one of her books to one blessed blogger this week. You will need to answer Meg’s questions in the interview to qualify for winning. And I want to thank Meg for taking time out of her busy schedule to be with us. Now for the interview.

 

Hello Meg, it’s great to have you on my blog today. Thank you so much for being here. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me, Joy!  Well, I’m a California girl, married to a Michigan man and living near Atlanta.  Our three children are grown and we’re nearly empty-nesters.  I love cats, gardening, motorcycles, the Detroit Red Wings, public libraries, poetry, coffee, and almost any form of chocolate.

Wow you sound like a busy lady Meg. I’m an empty-nester too but my son lives close by and I see him a lot. Still not like having them at home.  We are very happy you find time to write in the mist of your busy schedule.

 

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing something from the time I learned to spell, but I didn’t try writing a novel until about fourteen years ago.  I didn’t have a clue about how to go about it.  That miserable first attempt will never see the light of day.  I promise.

After reading your debut novel ‘When Sparrows Fall’ I can’t imagine it not being a good book!

 

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

My favorite part so far has been working with an editor.  From the macro-edits to the picky details, I love the process of making a story better.  I want to learn as I go, so I’ll improve my writing as I move on to new stories.

 Editing has always been an interest to me. I keep wondering what the story was like before the edits. I think it would be interesting to read the before and after.

 

What is your favorite Scripture?

It varies, depending on what’s happening in my life, but one of my favorites is Galatians 5:1.  “For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.”

This is a wonderful scripture, and thanks for sharing that with us today. I wonder sometimes why we seem to often forget that do have freedom in Christ and we can stand firm in Him. Thank you for sharing this  Meg.

 

How do you find characters for your books? Are they influenced by family and friends?

I don’t think I’ve ever knowingly based a character on a real person, although some of them are a conglomeration of bits and pieces of real people.  I often start with a vague, murky idea that gradually becomes a “real” person as I play with details and try out different names. 

The characters in you book are so real and believable, it is amazing how you created them to seem that real, and they blend together in the story so well.

 

What are 4 things about yourself that most people wouldn’t know about ?

I grew up listening to opera, and I still enjoy it in small doses.

I’m a Larry Norman fan.  He wrote amazing lyrics.

When I lived in Alabama, I slept through a hurricane on purpose.  I figured somebody should be rested for the cleanup the next day.

I can’t swim worth beans.

Wow, I always like these questions…. thanks for sharing these bits of information about your life. I can relate to the swim one, not matter how I tried, I couldn’t seem to get it, even though I love to go swimming, I don’t let it go over my head!

 

 When will your next book be out?

I’m hoping for a release in the summer of 2012.

I, for one will be looking forward to next summer, and I know a lot of others will as well. You really have tons of fans out there. We thank you for entertaining us through your writing.

 

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novel about a young woman who lost her father to a deep mountain lake when she was a teenager, but his body was never found.  Now it seems that he faked his drowning and ran to the wilderness.  As she and her longtime friends search for answers, they uncover memories of a mysterious event in their childhood that may explain everything.

Ok mysteries are some of my favorite books. I hope this is your new book you are talking about.I your next book. Only now I really can hardly wait!

 

Where can our readers find you?

At www.megmoseley.com and on Facebook.  I’m trying to figure out Twitter too, but I’m a bit of a techno-klutz so wish me luck.

LOL It too me a few years on Twitter but now that I am active, I love it. There is so much information you can get from Twitter, and you don’t have to answer back so it doesn’t take so much of your time.

 

Anything else you want to add?

I just want to thank you for being such an enthusiastic ambassador for fiction.  Readers like you bring untold joy to the heart of a novelist.

And thank you so much Meg for being here and sharing bits about your life and your books with us.  I love reading, and I love helping authors. I’m so glad I found a way to help all of you by reading and reviewing your books. And having you on my blog. I’m really thrilled you took time from your busy schedule to be here. We will look for your new book in the future, and while we are waiting, we will keep in touch and tell everyone we know about “When Sparrows Fall”

 

What question do you want to ask our readers?

When you pick up a novel, what will make you put it down without finishing it? 

Ok readers, here is the question you need to answer when you enter for the drawing to win Meg’s debut book “When Sparrows Fall.” And make sure you leave your email so I will know how to get in touch with you. And go to Facebook and to Meg’s website and support her with her first book.

Thanks to all of you readers for stopping by.

Go HERE to see my review of Meg’s book

 

Book Review: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

Miranda Hanford‘s story sounds like what can happen to a person or family who is involved with a cult. The pastor of the church she attends not only wants to control her life and family, but her possessions as well. Thankfully being the strong women she is, she takes care of that just weeks before she had a horrible fall that landed her in the hospital, and out of commission for a while. The brother-in-law that she hardly knew was the person she thought best to take care of her children if anything happened to her.  So he received the surprised call from Miranda’s oldest son when they weren’t sure she would live from the fall.

With her pastor trying to manipulate her and control everything she has, and this new brother-in-law questioning her way of raising her children and opens up a little of the world to them, Miranda struggles to find the freedom, and safety for herself as well as for her children. All of this while she is still recovering from the almost life threatening fall she has taken. What will happen as Miranda continues to fight for her adorable family?

Miranda’s character is one you just have to fall in love with and adore. Through her character, Meg instills in us the importance of standing strong and being firm in our faith, and what we believe.  Especially when someone tries to make us someone we are not. Personally I think this is just a fantastic debut for Meg Moseley in When Sparrows Fall. Yes there are a very few things that could be different, but over all….it’s an Awesome read and I highly recommend it! I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah blogging for books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601423551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601423559
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches

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