Searching for Eternity [NOOK Book]


Searching for Eternity

A youth yanked out of the only life he's known to live on the other side of the Atlantic with a grandmother he's never seen before....

A mother who shrugs off her son's anguish...
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Searching for Eternity

A youth yanked out of the only life he's known to live on the other side of the Atlantic with a grandmother he's never seen before....

A mother who shrugs off her son's anguish with breezy assurances like, "You'll love America, Emile."...

A father's sudden disappearance from his son's life with no explanation or even a good-bye....

French-born Emile de Bonnery lands in the strange environment of 1960s Atlanta with decidedly mixed emotions. Some memories make Emile want to believe the best of his father. Others cause him to fear the worst. Does his mother know more than she's willing to tell?

Determined to learn the truth, Emile finds an ally and friend--who seems to be hiding secrets of her own. Together they search for answers...and what they find changes everything.
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Editorial Reviews
...I thoroughly enjoyed Searching for Eternity. It opened my eyes to an element of World War II -- the French Resistance -- that I had heard of only in passing. Its double-edged title had me guessing till the finish. And its ending left me with a sense of hope. If you're looking for a book to liven up the cold, dull days of winter, Searching for Eternity is an excellent choice.
—Violet Nesdoly
There are two types of excellent books. One type you enjoy thoroughly and finish with a little regret as you bid the characters farewell. The other type grows on you bit by bit as you read and you close the book with contemplative satisfaction, knowing the characters will live with you forever. Searching for Eternity is the latter book.
—Katie Hart
Library Journal

After being sent from France to live in the United States with his grandmother who is a stranger to him, young Emile de Bonnery finds himself confused and anguished in the 1960s. He sets out with a friend to find the truth of his father's mysterious disappearance. Musser (The Swan House) lives in southern France.

—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441207180
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 72,870
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH MUSSER, an Atlanta native, lives in southern France with her husband and their two sons. The Dwelling Place is her fifth novel.
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 website at
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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    This was a book of intrigue, story of love. Love between family

    This was a book of intrigue, story of love. Love between family and friends. Elizabeth Musser, is a wonderful writer that puts so much into a book.
    When you read one of her books, you will want to read all of her books. That is what has happened to me. 
    Paula Ford

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    If You Are Searching for a Relationship With God, you will find this book is a wonderful jouney for all.

    How can I describe this book? Amazing, wonderful, great characters and a fabulous story. You will want to read all of the authors books, I have and it was sad when I had read them all. If you have lived in Atlanta, you will recognize your own story. I learned things about Atlanta I did not know. You must read The Swan House, and then the sequel The Dwelling Place. I seemed to be the main character in all her books as if she had read my mind. Take a trip to The Varsity, Grant Park, Buckhead and what it was like to go to Northside High school, I went to Sylvan and Northiside always beat us in football!!! I will probably read them again, they are that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008


    The reader will find themselves captured by the ordinary, only to reveal that there is much more. At the core of the novel is the story of a relationship between a young boy & girl that meet in high school. The complexity of each of their lives: war, abandonment, alcoholism, special needs, abuse, prejudice, faith, love and redemption. This novel has so many twists and turns that you are never really sure where it is going until the end. ¿Searching for Eternity¿¿ takes you on a wonderful and emotional ride full of sorrow and joy!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In the 1960s born and raised in France, Emile de Bonnery, accompanied by his mother, leaves for Atlanta to live with his maternal grandmother. He is upset with the change failing to adapt to his new home. Instead he is angry with his father who be believes deserted his mother and abandoned him for another woman although at mellower moments Emile romanticizes that his dad is a spy.------------------ However, Emile¿s attitude abruptly changes when he meets Eternity Jones as he learns how good he has it with the love of maternal relatives. Instead he finds her world is filled with poverty and racism accentuated by alcoholism. As his open minded grandmother shows him by her actions the way to welcome people regardless of race, religion, or economics, Emile learns faith in the Lord¿s plan keeps Eternity being stronger than he is as he only has material superiority.------------- This is a deep look at a changing Atlanta through four decades of the life of French immigrant Emile de Bonnery as he sees how much his adopted city changes from segregation to integration ultimately with black political control. The use of newspaper clippings enhance the feel for the metamorphosis, but also slow the narrative. Still this character driven tale provides a puissant relevant glimpse of how Atlanta became the jewel of the south thanks in part to people like Emile¿s grandmother who proved with her actions that all people matter and Eternity who affirmed the belief that everyone is someone important.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    A Coming of Age Tale of Love, Loss and Forgiveness

    Musser does a credible job of this male POV, bringing him from childhood to adulthood emotions without crossing the line of believability. History and mystery are woven throughout this tale of love, of loss, and hard-won forgiveness. The 60s were a turbulent time in the south, in our nation and the world. Only fifteen to twenty years had passed since the Great War. Musser's pen evokes an ambiance that wraps itself around the reader, drawing them deep into the story and the era. Searching for Eternity receives this reviewer's highest recommendation.

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