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Are some mysteries better left alone and unsolved?

When Laura returns home to the South to settle the estate of her recently deceased mother, she can’t help but to feel the tug of her heartstrings; wondering what really happened to her daddy. They say he drowned in the lake all those years ago, but now folks are whispering that they’ve seen him around.  astillnessofchimes

Sean didn’t want to tell her about the rumors, but he knew it was better coming from him than anyone else. Laura didn’t need the heartache. And Sean knew heartache. He was still pining for Laura, 18 years later. Some things can never be resolved until they actually are.

Do Sean and Laura have a future together, given their past? Is there any truth to the rumors about her father not being dead? Does she even want to go down that rabbit trail of reasoning?

When Meg Moseley is on, she’s *on.* This was another fantastic title by this author. I love a good mystery, even if it seems a bit implausible at first. I wouldn’t say this book is action packed, but if you are anything like me, you might find your mind racing; thinking of possibilities and variables. And then, you might wonder what you would do in this situation.

5 out of 5 stars for this title. Read it if you can! Other Meg Moseley titles you might enjoy: Gone South and When Sparrows Fall.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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Tish’s mom is moving. Her remarriage and move to Florida means packing up and moving on- literally. Nonetheless, Tish loves her mother and is happy she’s found happiness after her father’s death.  GoneSouth

The trip south to help her mother move spurs Tish to making a side trip to Alabama, to get a glimpse of an old family home on her father’s side.

Tish’s nosiness results in her own life getting altered…………. can the southern town she’s landed in set aside differences and accept the new Yankee?

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The plot sounded good, and it could have been. This book was not quite a dud, but was completely ho-hum. I kept waiting for something of actual consequence to happen.

The premise of willy-nilly moving and buying a new house without a waiting job is absurd. Have you moved lately? Since the housing crash, underwriters have been brutal; asking for all kinds of strange things. There is NO WAY she would have been approved for a mortgage without a job. Her moving would have been more believable had she gotten an inheritance and/or paid cash for the house.

The following story-line of her not being able to get a job because {spoiler alert!} of her last name doesn’t make things better.

Now let’s add to the mix Melanie; wayward child, shunned by her own family and unexpectedly living with Tish, well, it’s just a bit too unbelievable to get sucked into the story line.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Yankee living in the South; maybe the small town I’m living in isn’t small enough; maybe it’s not big enough; or maybe I’m not far enough south, but I just can’t see an entire town holding a grudge against a family that lived there a hundred years ago. I think even the Hatfields and the McCoys have stopped warring with each other at this point…………..

I’ve reviewed another Meg Moseley title and absolutely loved it. This one, though, left me very lukewarm. I was disappointed, honestly. I know she can write better; I wonder if this title was rushed too fast.

Because I like Meg Moseley overall, and because it wasn’t a bad read, I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Widowed mother of six. Wanna-be-photographer. Black sheep. Pariah.

Miranda Hanford knows all too well how these define her.  She might even add oppressed and bullied to that list. 

When the pastor of Miranda’s church requires the entire congregation to move with him out-of-state, Miranda knows she can’t do it.  She also knows now would be the perfect time to break from Mason Chandler and his ministry. Mason, however, has other ideas.  And he’s not above blackmailing her to get what he wants.

Set in rural Georgia, I was hooked by the end of the first paragraph which said, “She could steal a moment with Jezebel.”  Initially, I started reading with the intention of this being the book to read after dinner each night of the week.  By 10 pm, I knew I would have to stop and finish the rest later.  But I didn’t want to.

I loved Miranda.  I understood her motivation, and recognized how, all those years later, she woke up somewhere entirely different from what she had imagined as an adolescent.  Her fear was palpable; her pain unmistakable; the conflict in her soul evident.

Then there’s the accident and a relatively unknown brother-in-law to complicate things even more. Miranda struggles for control- control of any kind, even through the haze of her head and other injuries.

On page 97, there is a comment that still has me chuckling: “Not all homeschoolers were nut bags, but many of the nut bags in a certain off brand of Christianity were homeschoolers.”  As a homeschooling mama, I know all too well how easy it is to paint everyone with the same brush.  It made me chuckle, though, because where I live, there are a lot of homeschoolers.  And we’re not nut bags.  😆

I love thinking and guessing during mysteries.  While I had part of it right, the primary part led to a world with which I also have first-hand experience (although not to all facets), and also left me nodding my head.  Without going into details and spoiling it,  I can say that these things happen and are real.  And probably happening much more than any of us know.

I cannot say enough good about this book.  I loved it! I would definitely recommend this to friends. 

While I know some might disparage the depiction of this particular homeschooling family (and others who homeschool in this manner), I, personally, wasn’t bothered by it.  I think any time you look at an extreme example of anything, there are going to be people who assume everyone else doing “that” are the same way.  Judging, in my opinion, particularly without insight or experience, really is a personal problem for the person doing the judging.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5. 

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