The Dwelling Place

The Dwelling Place

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by Elizabeth Musser
     
 

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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 family, and especially not her mother, artist Mary

Overview

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 family, and especially not her mother, artist Mary Swan, whom she accuses of having a 'perfect life.' The only reason Ellie agrees to travel with her mother to a site in Scotland known as the Dwelling Place is because Mary Swan has just come through six months of chemo.

When her mother's medical condition worsens, instead of going to Europe, Ellie reluctantly moves back home to help care for her. As she and her mother struggle to reconnect, Ellie wonders if there is a dwelling place for her and if so, does she have to travel halfway around the world to find it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly, April 2005 - Publishers Weekly
In this enjoyable sequel to The Swan House, Musser continues the tragedy-scarred story of artist Mary Swan Middleton through the first-person narrative of her troubled daughter, Ellie. In a lovely piece of wisdom, Ellie muses, "Sometimes the breaking of things is cruel, and sometimes it is necessary, and sometimes it is just an accident." This is the novel's central message...Musser's solid prose, careful historical details and themes of hope and forgiveness make this an attractive choice
Romantic Times, April 2005 - Romantic Times
Every once in a while, a book comes along that impacts you from start to finish. Musser displays a rare gift for complex characterization and intricate plotting that starkly reveals flaws as well as beauties in human nature.
~ Romantic Times, April 2005
Bookloons, April, 2005 - Bookloons April 2005
The story is an examination of a mother-daughter relationship and how our perceptions of events change as we mature.... Ellie's faith journey is realistic and heartwarming. The Dwelling Place is true-to-life and should appeal to readers.

--Bookloons, April, 2005

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014782937
Publisher:
Bethany House Publishers
Publication date:
06/11/2012
Series:
The Swan House Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
411
Sales rank:
180,961
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH MUSSER, an Atlanta native, is a novelist who writes what she calls ‘entertainment with a soul.’ Elizabeth’s highly acclaimed, best-selling novel, The Swan House, was named one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year and one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the Past 100 Years (Georgia Backroads, 2009). The Dwelling Place is the much-loved sequel to The Swan House.

All of her novels, including Searching for Eternity, Words Unspoken and The Sweetest Thing, have been translated into multiple languages. Her Secrets of the Cross trilogy, a bestseller in Europe, has arrived in America! Two Crosses and Two Testaments are available in bookstores now and the long-awaited finale, Two Destinies, is coming in September, 2012.

For over twenty years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in missions work with International Teams. They presently live near Lyon, France. The Mussers have two sons and a daughter-in-law.

To learn more about Elizabeth and her books, and to find discussion questions as well as photos of sites mentioned in the stories, please visit www.elizabethmusser.com.

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Dwelling Place 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PamT2u More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story. I think the author does a good job portraying what it is like to be the black sheep in a family as well as the complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter. I think the author is detailed and I could picture various scenes in the book! I recommend this story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book. Calling it a 'romance' is a bit far fetched, as that does not come into play until close to the end. All in all, it was a moving, although light and easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Don't write it off as a romance since there is so much more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a series, and I loved this one better than the first.  It covers the life of the daughter of the main character in Book 1, and gives details on the continuance of the lives of all those  beloved characters whom we got to know so well.  These books are so true to life and how one would  feel and how he would look at the lives of those with whom he/she could not relate.  I loved getting questions answered that I wondered about after completing Book 1, "Swan House".  You could read this book as a stand alone, because the author did fill in a summary of the details of the people that carried over from Book 1 to Book 2.  This book did a great job of providing scriptural guidance for the  occurrences of life for "Ellie", who was going through life in great inner despair.   I highly recommend this book.  It has something for everyone....love, mystery, family jealousy, illness, and then, victory!  Get this book.  You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author!