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The last two books I've reviewed haven't really been my favorites because I felt as if I couldn't know the characters. There wasn't enough of an emotional connection. A Stillness of Chimes was a breath of fresh air after that.
Laura has come back to her small home town at the death of her mother. Bad memories are there- memories of her father's drowning. Laura's childhood friends and first (and only) love-Sean- is there also. Laura is trying to deal with her mom's death when she learns that her father may not really be dead. Townspeople think they've seen him hiding out around town. As Laura and Sean seek to find out if her dad is really still alive, secrets from Laura's past begin to surface.
This was a great read. There was good character development. I felt as if I really knew the characters in the story. There was quite a bit of suspense and mystery surrounding Laura's dad and the events surrounding his death. This made the story very compelling and very difficult to put down. There is romance here, but it's not really the centerpiece of the story.
I almost felt like the emotions and feelings were a little too deep sometimes. A book like this pulls at me, touches me. Sometimes it's almost too much. But I'd rather have this full and intense development than the opposite- shallow characters and a story that's no deeper than the surface.
Although this one is published by a Christian publisher, there isn't really anything "Christian" about it other than mentions of attending church and a belief that there is something after death- not just nothingness.
I give this one a strong 4 stars and a PG for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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