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The Swan House

By Elizabeth Goldsmith Musser


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. For although Carl is her opposite in every way, he has something her privileged life could not give her. And when she seeks his help to uncover a mystery, she learns far more than she ever could have imagined.

Book Takeaway:

Getting past her grief would lead her across town--to a whole new world. A powerful novel of love, compassion and self-discovery


Year Title Description
2001 Amazon Editors’ Choice: Top 15 Christian Books for 2001-Literature & Fiction
2002 Book Sense/SEBA Bestseller List (top 15) February, April, May, June, July 2002
2002 Book Sense Extended Trade Paperback Bestseller Fiction List (top 50) for all USA February, April, 2002
2001 Rendezvous Magazine’s pick of the month August, 2001
2001 Atlanta Magazine’s best novel about Atlanta for the year 2001 best novel about Atlanta for the year 2001
2009 Georgia Backroads The Swan House was selected as one of the Top 10 Georgian-authored novels of the past 100 years, by Daniel Roper in the Autumn issue of Georgia BACKROADS.

Why the author wrote this book:

As a young girl, I remember standing in the lobby of the Atlanta Memorial Arts building and staring up at a stone-engraved list of names of Atlantans who perished in a plane crash. That stone marker with its long list broke my heart for it represented great human suffering. Over the years, the tragedy continued to haunt and inspire me. This story begins with that tragic event, but it is also about where I grew up and about so many things that have made me who I am—things I have loved and things I have learned. I am deeply grateful to my heavenly Father who has used all of my life’s experiences to shape and change me and has allowed me to write stories from the heart. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”


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