The Sweetest Thing . . . A Must-Read Book
June 14, 2011
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
Bethany House (June 1, 2011) by Elizabeth Musser
Sally Says: The Sweetest Thing is the best book I’ve read in the past two years. Easily.
The book is set in Atlanta in the midst of the Great Depression, set in the wealthy neighborhoods that still live like the Depression never happened. The main characters, Perri and Dobbs, are teenagers, yet I found them easy to relate to and root for. My favorite character was Dobbs. I grew up in a similar way as she did, just not quite so bad. And so I totally related to her idealistic views of serving God and the struggle she had when faced with all her family was giving up.
Whatever type of Christian fiction you enjoy, I’m sure you’ll love The Sweetest Thing. The writing sets the stage so beautifully, and nothing in the story is wasted. Technically the book is character-driven, but at the halfway point I felt like the book should be almost done because so much had happened. So the plot is very strong as well.
As a writer, this is a book I’ll be rereading and studying. It’s a beautiful work of art that was a pleasure to read. I look forward to Elizabeth’s next book and hope she returns to historical Georgia which worked so well in her first book The Swan House and here again in The Sweetest Thing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth Musser, an Atlanta native, studied English and French literature at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Vanderbilt, I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Aix-en-Provence,
France. During her Senior year at Vanderbilt, she attended a five-day missions conference for students and discovered an amazing thing: God had missionaries in France, and she felt God calling her there. After graduation, she spent eight months training for the mission field in Chicago, Illinois and then two years serving in a tiny Protestant church in Eastern France where she met her future husband.
Elizabeth lives in southern France with her husband and their two sons. She find her work as a mother, wife, author and missionary filled with challenges and chances to see God’s hand at work daily in her life. Inspiration for her novels come both from her experiences growing up in Atlanta as well as through the people she meets in her work in France. Many conversations within her novels are inspired from real-life conversations with skeptics and seekers alike.
Her acclaimed novel, The Swan House, was a Book Sense bestseller list in the Southeast and was selected as one of the top Christian books for 2001 by Amazon’s editors. Searching for Eternity is her sixth novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Compelling Southern Novel Explores Atlanta Society in the 1930s.
The Singleton family’s fortunes seem unaffected by the Great Depression, and Perri—along with the other girls at Atlanta’s elite Washington Seminary—lives a life of tea dances with college boys and matinees at the cinema. When tragedy strikes, Perri is confronted with a world far different from the one she has always known.
At the insistence of her parents, Mary ‘Dobbs’ Dillard, the daughter of an itinerant preacher, is sent from inner-city Chicago to live with her aunt and attend Washington Seminary. Dobbs, passionate, fiercely individualistic and deeply religious, enters Washington Seminary as a bull in a china shop and shocks the girls with her frank talk about poverty and her stories of revival on the road. Her arrival intersects at the point of Perri’s ultimate crisis, and the tragedy forges an unlikely friendship.
The Sweetest Thing tells the story of two remarkable young women—opposites in every way—fighting for the same goal: surviving tumultuous change. Just as the Great Depression collides disastrously with Perri’s well-ordered life, friendship blossoms–a friendship that will be tested by jealousy, betrayal, and family secrets…