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Elizabeth Musser

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Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’ Elizabeth attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she majored in French and English literature, graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Her novels have been acclaimed in the United States and in Europe. The Swan House (Bethany House, c2001), set in Atlanta in the early sixties, was named as one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year (2001), was an ABA and SEBA bestseller and was recently named one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the past 100 years, right behind Gone with the Wind (from Georgia Backroads, Autumn, 2009). Her French-Algerian trilogy, which takes place during Algeria’s War for Independence from France and also in present day Algeria and France, (Two Crosses, Two Testaments, Two Destinies) has been a bestseller in Europe. Elizabeth’s other novels The Dwelling Place, (Bethany House, c2005), Searching for Eternity (Bethany House, c2007) and Words Unspoken (Bethany House, c2009), all set in the South in the 1960s-1980s, continue to examine themes of brokenness and healing, faith and forgiveness, surrender and sacrifice

From an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, “Elizabeth Musser likes to say she has two part-time jobs. Not only is she an award-winning novelist, but she and her husband serve as missionaries at a small Protestant church in Lyon, France. In both lines of work, she avoids preaching and simplistic answers, choosing instead to portray a God who cares in the midst of life's complexity...”

Elizabeth adds, “My desire is to offer the best literature I can write, drawing the reader into a story that is compelling, believable and sprinkled with historical detail. I seek to give a realistic picture of what faith lived out in this world looks like, and, as always, I hope that my stories can be appreciated by all audiences, not just those readers who hold my same religious beliefs. It is a delight to receive confirmation of this through reader letters.”

For over 20 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams. They presently live in Lyon, France. The Mussers have two sons, Andrew and Christopher.

To learn more about Elizabeth and her books, please visit her website at

Books by Author

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The Long Highway Home

When the Dr. pronounces "incurable cancer" and gives Bobbie Blake one year to live, she agrees to accompany her neice, Tracie, on a trip back to Austria, back to The Oasis, a ministry center for refugees that Bobbie helped start twenty years earlier. Back to where there are so many memories…

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Love Beyond Limits

In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women--destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war--face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.    To Mend a Dream by Tamera AlexanderSavannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family…

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Two Destinies-Book III-The Secrets of the Cross Trilogy

Faith and love could cost them everything When Rislène Namani meets Eric Hoffmann in 1994 France, the spark between them ignites a firestorm of trouble. She fears the repercussions from her staunchly Muslim family for her attraction to a Christian. Yet Eric captures her heart. More than that, his faith…

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Two Crosses-Book I-The Secrets of the Cross Trilogy

The glimmering Huguenot cross she so innocently wears leads her deep into the shadows. When Gabriella Madison arrives in the French village of Castelnau in 1961 to continue her university studies, she doesn’t anticipate being drawn into the secretive world behind the Algerian war for independence…

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Two Testaments-Book II-The Secrets of the Cross Trilogy

Love for war’s victims keeps them apart. Will love for each other see them through? The slightest spark will ignite an explosion. And the tinderbox of broken political and racial relations in 1960s France and Algeria provides plenty of kindling. In the midst of the chaos, Gabriella Madison guards…

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The Sweetest Thing

Anne 'Perri' Singleton's world is defined by the securtiy of family, the camaraderie of friends at an exclusive Atlanta girls' school, and an enviable social life. She isn't looking for new friends when Mary Dobbs Dillard arrives from Chicago. Besides, 'Dobbs', the passionate and fiercely individualistic…

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Waiting For Peter

The day is almost boiling hot. I lay on the hot pavement of the driveway, my ears pricked forward, my eyes attentive, my heart racing—not only from the heat, but from hope. Perhaps this will be the day he returns... Peter is a young teen who is emotionally and physically scarred following a tragic…

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Words Unspoken

Whose voice will she listen to? A mysterious bestselling novelist, a depressed teen, an eccentric driving instructor, a rogue stock broker, a socialite in trouble, a weary missionary, a desperate book editor. . . Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee during the frenzy…

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Searching for Eternity

Following his father’s dubious disappearance, adolescent Emile de Bonnery is forced to leave his native France for Atlanta, Georgia, never suspecting what awaits him in the South of 1964—culture shock, racism, and friendship with a strange girl named Eternity Jones. He brings with him to America…

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The Dwelling Place

A journey into forgiveness, hope, and healing. ‘Sometimes the breaking of things is cruel, and sometimes it is necessary, and sometimes it is just an accident...’ At twenty, Ellie Bartholomew knows a lot about broken things. She loves Atlanta, baseball and animals. But she doesn’t much like her…

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The Swan House

Mary Swan Middleton has always taken for granted the advantages of her family's wealth. But a tragedy that touches all of Atlanta sends her reeling with grief. When the family maid challenges her to reach out to the less fortunate as a way to ease her own pain, Mary Swan meets Carl--and everything changes.…

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