Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Sweetest Thing: A Book Review

About The Book:

Compelling Southern Novel Explores Atlanta Society in the 1930s

Anne "Perri" Singleton's world is defined by the security 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, is 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.

About The Author:

Elizabeth Musser, an Atlanta native, lives in southern France with her husband and their two sons. Her acclaimed novel, The Swan House, was a Book Sense bestseller list in the Southeast and was selected as one of the top Christian books for 2001 by Amazon's editors. Searching for Eternity is her sixth novel. Visit Elizabeth's Web site

My Review:

The Sweetest Things is by far one of my favorite reads of 2011!

 Two very different girls become fast, and lasting, friends. Their friendship occurs despite very prominent societal differences to show the reader that it is the heart that matters when it comes to friendship. Each girl had qualities that complimented one another, and it was a huge breath of fresh air to follow the journey that "Dobbs" and "Perri" went on.

 The whole book was so incredibly authentic, that it reminded me of several friendship I have had over the years. Within the themes of societal differences and friendship, you will also discovers themes about human slavery, a mystery to solve, suicide, life in the 1930's,  and how God uses others to help us through our toughest times. Although I typically do not enjoy books that change point of view with each chapter, this style of writing worked extremely well with The Sweetest Thing, interchanging the stortytelling from both Dobbs and Perri. The Sweetest Things was a very quick read, and easy to read as well. Perfect for a weekend read or at night with your favorite cup of tea.

Since this is the first I have read from this author, I will most definitely going to go back and read other books from her, particularly The Swan House, of which I have heard nothing but good about.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! If you are looking for a great summer read, this is the book for you!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Sweetest Thing at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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