The Sweetest Thing: what friendship looks like (Giveaway and Free Download)

Renee Ann Smith —  June 7, 2011 — 37 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed! Thanks to all for participating!

If you’ve ever had a friend who made a profound difference in your life, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Elizabeth Musser’s latest novel. Set in Atlanta during the 1930’s, The Sweetest Thing tells the story of a life-changing friendship between two college-age girls.

Dobbs, a poor preacher’s daughter, meets Perri, a high society banker’s daughter, when she arrives in Atlanta to stay with her aunt. The two begin spending time together and soon grow close. Dobbs has a vital relationship with the Lord and shows her faith through good deeds: giving to the poor and helping those around her in any way she can. This type of living shocks Perri and her friends, who focus on acquiring the right look and wearing the right clothes—no matter that the rest of the country is suffering—and rubbing shoulders with the right people.

In spite of their differences, Dobbs and Perri support each other through family tragedies, crises of faith, unexpected acts of violence, and personal heartaches. Eventually Dobbs’s influence changes Perri, and she gives her life to the Lord. And Perri brings to Dobbs the loyal support of a true friend.

Elizabeth Musser is a talented author, and I enjoyed her colorful secondary characters and setting. But mostly, I loved the beautiful portrait of friendship she created. My faithful friends have been one of God’s greatest gifts. I’m sure many of you feel the same. If you do, treat yourself to this book. As you read it, you can relive the formation of your oldest and dearest relationships. Then you can share your copy with the best friends in your life!

***Thanks to Bethany House for providing my review copy. Follow this link to purchase The Sweetest Thing.

Another favorite book of mine is Elizabeth’s novel The Swan House. Right now this book is being offered as a free download at this link.

About the author: Elizabeth Musser is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, who writes what she calls “entertainment with a soul.” She received her B.A. in English and French from Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. While at Vanderbilt, she spent a semester abroad in France, where she became a Christian and was called to missions. After graduating she went back overseas for two years, where she met her husband, Paul. In 1989 she and her husband returned to Southern France as missionaries.

It was this unique location that gave her the inspiration for her first novel. Living in the south of France, she met many people who had lived through the Algerian War for Independence from France, either as French citizens, military or Algerians. After interviewing these people and visiting historic French sites, her first novel, Two Crosses, was published in 1996. This book launched her Franco-Algerian trilogy, which takes place during this war (1957-1962). Two Testaments and Two Destinies round out the trilogy, which was translated into Dutch, German, and Norwegian and has been a bestseller in Europe.

Yet Elizabeth is best known for her novel The Swan House (2001), not only hailed as “excellent writing” by Publishers Weekly but was also an Amazon top pick, an ABA and SEBA bestseller, and a Book Sense bestseller in the Southeast. She followed that with the sequel The Dwelling Place (2005), which was richly received by readers and critics alike.

Now It’s Giveaway Time! I’m giving away my copy of The Sweetest Thing to one fortunate follower. (US and Canada only) Let me know two things in a comment. 1. That you’re interested in winning the book. 2. How you follow my blog–either through RSS feed, GFC, email, Facebook, Networked Blogs or twitter. The contest will run until Sunday, June 12th, at 11:59 pm, and I’ll announce a winner soon after.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

37 responses to The Sweetest Thing: what friendship looks like (Giveaway and Free Download)

  1. I am highly interested in this book. Relationships come in many varied ways. This sounds like it would a good read. I follow via GFC.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. Don’t you love the great freebies on Amazon – both Kindle books and mp3 downloads! Such a blessing! I’ve just tweeted this 😉 Have a blessed week.

  3. This sounds like a good book. Enter me for the give away! I follow you through my email. I thought it would be good to hear about any meaningful friendships your bloggers may have or had that had a big impact upon their life. I have one in mind for myself. I have know him for about 10 years. I have watched him grow and strengthen in his love for Christ. Since I have known him, he has earned his theology degree and has written a book that will hit the press sometime this year! But most importantly he has been an incredible friend and mentor to me. We mostly talk via email and he has become my “Cyber Rev”! I have been through many struggles over the years with addiction, family issues, etc. My “Cyber Rev” is always there with insight and encouragement.

  4. My book club loves Elizabeth Musser. We have read The Swan House, The Dwelling Place and Searching for Eternity. Being from middle Georgia, we have taken 2 book field trips for two of the books. Our last (Searching for Eternity) included stops mentioned in the books — library in Buckhead, Lenox Mall, The Varsity and a french restaurant, among others. The Sweetest Thing is in my TBR pile. Thanks for the review. It has just moved closer to the top.

    • You have a great book club, Beckie! I liked The Dwelling Place, as well as The Swan House. I haven’t read Searching for Eternity, but I have read the books about the French Algerian conflict. You’re going to enjoy this book a lot!

  5. i love elizabeth’s novels…thanks for ‘sharing’ your copy. i’m a follower and email subscriber 🙂

  6. The Sweetest Thing sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway.I follow your blog by email.

  7. Thank you for telling about the free download.

  8. I would love to read THE SWEETEST THING. I never get tired of reading Christian fiction, books about friendship and books about the unexpected tragedies which enter our lives.


    I follow you in my Googlereader.
    I’m sure there are other ways too.
    Might have said it. I love your blog.

    • You’ll love The Swan House, Hattie! And I’m happy to enter you in this new contest. I, too, love the variety of Christian fiction out there. It never fails to comfort and inspire me.

  9. definitely interested in winning! gfc, twitter and email subscription follower

  10. Sounds like a really great read! I’m very grateful for my closest friends who have stuck with me through thick and thin. I’d love to be entered to win!

  11. I follow you with Google Friend Connect.

    • You’re entered, Emily! I think you’d like this story. And you should check out The Swan House. If you don’t have a Kindle, download the Amazon Kindle app for PC and grab a few summer reads!

  12. Ohhhhh Renee Ann! I am so so so so so so sorry I’ve been MIA lately. A lot has been going on from medical drama with me to being robbed at work to one of my friends committing suicide this weekend. A really stressful, confusing, and upsetting time for me. But I am trying to get back into the swing of things in the blogosphere now and what a post to stumble upon! The Sweetest Thing sounds profoundly moving. Being a college girl myself now, I can only imagine how much it would probably impact me. I would love, love, love to be entered. I follow you through Google Friend Connect, Goodreads, possibly Facebook too? Lol….thank you for this wonderful post. It’s so nice to see you again!
    Thanks and much love,

    • Wow, Hannah! That’s a lot to handle for you. I hope your health problems have improved or are under control. I know you college girls like to lead busy lives. It’s so nice to see you out and about in the blogosphere again! You’re in the drawing! Blessings!

  13. I follow you via GFC
    and I would absolutely love this book! 🙂
    It would be so nice to bury my nose in a book again! (or …in a computer e book i guess :P)
    n.snaer at gmail dot com

    Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

    • You’re in the drawing! If you have a laptop or a comfy seat at your pc, download the Amazon Kindle app for pc and then the free books at the tab above. They’re all good. Thanks for following!

  14. Allison Gardner June 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I would love to read this

  15. I loved Elizabeth’s “Swan House” and “The Dwelling Place” so would be very happy to win “The Sweetest Thing.” My book club discussed “Swan House;” that was my introduction to her books. It made me want to go to Atlanta and see the real house, but I was only able to go virtually.
    I follow your blog on Facebook.
    Thanks for featuring Elizabeth’s books and for the giveaway.

    • I’ve read The Dwelling Place and two of her earlier books. The Sweetest Thing is my next favorite after The Swan House. You’re in the drawing, Pam! Thanks for following!

  16. im interested in winning the book!
    your email subscriber
    jessicatang90 at hotmail dot com

  17. Oh, I would love to win this book….have read her other books and loved them. Used to work in Atlanta, which made her books more interesting! Please enter me; I subscribe via E mail. Thanks!!!

  18. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog from WFW… following yours! =) I have this book sitting in a “books to read” stack……looking forward to getting to it!
    Blessings to you,
    Jill @ Sweet Diva

  19. I would like to win this book! I have a BFF from kindergarten (that was over 30 years ago!).

    I’m a follower by GFC

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