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Searching for Eternity
     

Searching for Eternity

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by Elizabeth Musser
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

blogcritics.org
...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
titletrakk.com
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764203725
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.30(d)

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Robin Johns Grant
"...you need to read this book. I've read four others by Elizabeth, but in my humble opinion, this is by far the best.... Searching for Eternity is a unique, complex story.... I strongly urge you to pick up a copy."--(Robin Johns Grant, queenofperseverance.blogspot.com)
Ane Mulligan
"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."--(Ane Mulligan, novelreviews.blogspot.com)

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.

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Searching for Eternity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Pford1 More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Britney_Adams 7 months ago
I loved this complex and intriguing tale! Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Searching for Eternity sprang to life before my eyes. Each turn of the page drew me deeper and deeper into the drama, and thoughts of the story lingered long after the last word had been read. If you enjoy stirring historical fiction, I highly recommend Searching for Eternity! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Searching for Eternity by Elizabeth Musser is one of those books that makes a reader just say, "Wow! Just Wow!" The story, definitely not a light and fluffy tale, follows Emile as he is wrenched from his contented, reasonably serene life in France with his parents to the unknown world of Atlanta, Georgia. New schools with bullies and kids who tease the new kid on the block. Nothing is familiar, and he's homesick. He finally meets a friend--one who's "hoping for a fairy-tale ending for her thus-far tragic life." One who's childhood has been stolen and has need of a safe room. Where will their friendship take them? Can they navigate their world that is one of bullies and racism, abandonment, alcoholism, abuse, secrets, and lies? Where is God in all of this? Has He abandoned them as well? As these two friends move into adulthood there are many lessons to learn. Lessons like caring for others and also understanding it's a lot harder to hate a whole group of people when you get to know individuals, and knowing there is more to life than just looking for answers. How does one learn to forgive? Can they learn to trust that God knows and cares and will let them in on all the secrets in His time? Musser has given readers an amazing story of friendship, family, and faith blended with the horrors of WWII and the Resistance and the hunt for war criminals. Searching for Eternity is a raw, emotionally gripping novel--one that will leave a lasting impression on its readers. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Emile E Bonnery was born in France, then in the 1960s he ended up on the other side of the ocean, in Atlanta. While there, he discovers many things about his father, some good, some not so good. Emile finds a friend in search of their own answers. Together they search together. Searching for Eternity is such a well-written book. Set in the time of the French Resistance, Elizabeth Musser was able to make the time and the characters come to life. Her characters were well-rounded and very well defined. I feel like five stars is not enough for this book. Thank you for allowing me to read this book. I was given this book by the author, Bethany House, and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
"Searching for Eternity" by Elizabeth Musser is an interesting novel. It is fiction with a little suspense added in. This story follows the life of Emile De Bonnery. He was born and raised in France but now he and his mother are in Atlanta coming to live with the grandmother he never met! His father is not coming with him, and Emile is told that his father ran off with another woman. However, Emile does not believe this about his father, and he's determined to find out where his father really is. As Emile is trying to adjust to living and going to school in the states, he befriends a young girl his age who is just as determined to help Emile find his father. This story becomes more complicated as you keep reading. It definitely has a good bit of twists and turns. If you like fiction with some suspense and a good bit of history, I believe you would like this novel. I received this novel from Bookfun for my honest opinion.
DBeason More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Elizabeth Musser (http://www.elizabethmusser.com/) that I’ve read and I LOVED it. I’ve added her to my list of favorite authors for sure. I started reading Searching for Eternity while I waited for my car to get fixed. When the service guy came out and offered me a loaner car since it was taking longer than expected, I declined….I was so engrossed in this book. In a nutshell, the story follows Emile de Bonnery. He’s a young teen in 1964 living in France when his father disappears. He and his mother are forced to leave the only home he’s known to live with a grandmother he’s never seen before in Atlanta, Georgia. He faces culture shock, bullies, and prejudice, but also meets Eternity Jones, a young woman dealing with her own hurts and dysfunction. Over the next four decades, he searches for his father…not knowing if his father left with another woman, if he’s dead, or is a spy in hiding. The book is wonderfully written; the author has a wonderful way with words. The characters were well developed and REAL. She took me to Atlanta in the 1960s and to Lyon, France during World War II during the French Resistance. I felt like I knew these people and these places, and it was hard to let them go. This book would fit in the Christian fiction category with some mystery, intrigue, forgiveness, and a little romance. I highly recommend it. I received a free book from The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for an unbiased review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Searching for Eternity is a great read. It is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Musser and it will not be the last. A beautifully well written story of overcoming, forgiveness and faith. Highly recommended. 5 stars. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
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linimac More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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