The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing

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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 carefree life of tea dances with college boys, matinees at the cinema, and debut parties. But when tragedies strike, 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, bringing confrontation and radical ideas. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 27.94mm | 560g
  • Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 0764208314
  • 9780764208317
  • 1,306,420

About Elizabeth Musser

Elizabeth Musser is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling The Swan House. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she and her husband currently reside near Lyon, France.
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1,268 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (436)
3 15% (188)
2 3% (34)
1 1% (12)

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The Sweetest Thing was my first introduction to Elizabeth Musser's writing and I can tell you without a doubt, that I have been missing out! This novel is filled with rich and vivid descriptions that didn't just set the stage for a novel but really brought 1930s Atlanta Society to life. Reading this book, the oppressive heat of the Atlanta summer and the suffocating weight of simply surviving during the depression - or trying to retain one's previous lifestyle became very real for me. This book was so beautifully written that I literally could not put it down. When I started reading The Sweetest Thing I didn't realize that it was a continuation to the book The Swan House and I am really looking forward to reading about the Singletons before they fell on hard times. I can only imagine what the family dynamic would have been like as well as what kind of girl Perri would have been. Even though this book was not the first in the series, it had absolutely no impact on my reading experience. I had no idea that this was not a stand alone book until I read the description. The story itself was fantastic; I loved the concept and found the relationships between these families and their friends to be incredibly engaging. I was struck by the lengths that some would go to maintain their positions in society. This is a story of the conflict of following one's heart and doing what is perceived to be best for one's family or future position in society. The decisions that these girls had to make were impossible and trying to survive in the sorts of situations that they were placed in is incomprehensible to me. The juxtaposition of wealthy society and destitute families was incredibly well written and the interactions between these groups of people were surprising and heart warming. Musser's characters were exquisitely crafted. Their venerability, strength, determination, doubts and faith were portrayed so realistically that it was impossible not to feel an emotional connection with them and find yourself hopelessly absorbed in the story. I would classify The Sweetest Thing as Christian Historical Fiction but it is so much more than that. It is a story of family ties, loyalty, adolescence and the difficult things in life that change us and make us stronger. It is also about Faith - both finding it and loosing it - and Musser manages to write about all of this is in a way that is not preachy, over the top or alienating. I can see how someone who is not a fan of Christian Fiction could be turned off by the shear amount of biblical references and religious connotations, however the Christian presence in The Sweetest Thing was incorporated very naturally into the story. The Sweetest Thing is a must read for any fans of despression-era, or Southern, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction or those who love a story of growing up and finding love, acceptance and happiness in unlikely places. Review Originally Posted at: more
by Bonnie Speers-Bauman
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