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The Sweetest Thing

By Elizabeth Goldsmith Musser


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 daughter of an itinerant minister, in her opposite in every way.

But 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...

With her endearing characters and poignant storytelling, Atlanta native Elizabeth Musser vividly re-creates the charm of her beloved city amid the poverty and plenty that shaped the 1930s.

Book Takeaway:

Have you ever asked God ‘Why’? Have you ever wondered if good can come out of bad? Have you ever been in a place where you are simply trying to survive? Have you ever found yourself drawn to a friend in a quick spontaneous way and known that she would become a soul mate, even though you’d only known her for a few days? Join me in the story of Perri and Dobbs, two remarkable young women, opposites in every way, who are thrown together in 1930s elitist Atlanta in the midst of great national and personal turmoil and are forced to asked these questions and search for answers. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the characters and you might even find a few answers to questions you’ve been asking yourself!

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Why the author wrote this book:

When we moved my dear grandmother (now 97) from her apartment to a full-care floor in her retirement home in Atlanta, my parents found Grandmom’s diaries from 1928-1932. I was, of course, eager to take a look. The diaries sealed the fate of my next novel: I’d write about 1930s Atlanta and specifically the life of two girls attending Washington Seminary (the real-life girls’ school my grandmother attended that was eventually incorporated into The Westminster Schools, the school I attended).

As I researched that era and heard stories of how both the wealthy and the disadvantaged survived the Great Depression, I found my characters asking questions that I have asked (and heard asked) time and again: Does God provide in the midst of difficult circumstances?

Twenty years on the mission field watching Him provide for my family in original, creative ways let’s me answer the question with a resounding ‘Yes!’ But I have learned that the way in which He provides is as important as the provision—and that it is His way, not mine.


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