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.