The Swan House: A Novel

The Swan House: A Novel

by Elizabeth Musser

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Overview

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 in 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 nearly 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764225086
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 463,045
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Goldsmith Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, attended the Westminster Schools and then received her B.A. in English and French from Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude.



Though passionate about writing since childhood, Elizabeth's first book was not published until 1996. Two Crosses was the first of a trilogy set during both the Algerian War for independence from France (1957-1962) and the present day civil war in Algeria. Her work has since been translated into Dutch, French, and German.



Since 1989, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have lived in Montpellier, France, where Paul serves on the pastoral team of a small Protestant church. The Mussers have two sons, Andrew and Christopher.

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Swan House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
ginsnook More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in years, and I read alot. I love a good southern book and this was great. I can not believe this was a free book. The story grabs you from the first page and never lets go. I wish I could give it more stars! It should be made into a Hallmark movie,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of those stories that you wish were really true. The author remained true to Atlanta events and locations in 1962 Atlanta. Warm, and individual treatment of characters.
Carol Greene More than 1 year ago
Thank you Elizabeth Musser for the journey of a lifetime, it really was an amazing trip, I really hated to see it end, growing up in the 60's having lived for awhile in Atlanta I was completely enveloped in this stiory, Mary Swan is one of the most amazing characters I have ever read about, Actually all the characters were unforgettable, the memories of this time in our histiory, the beauty of the art and words , the saddness and the hope and the changes that have come and the pure love from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that shows us the limitless possibilities in our life,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't think of one coherent thought that would adequately portray the beauty, the soul, the depth of this book...I loved every word of it. I fell so deeply into this book that I feel...stunned...raw...now that I've finished it. What a rare find...review by CherishD
Dolores Forbes More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read. I enjoyed it very much. By the end of the book i was in tears. I found myself identifying with mary swan as she came to understand the precious gift of salvation and how it changes lives.
Nette49 More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic story. I grew up in the south, in the 50s and 60s and I could so relate with Mary Swan and her anger toward the prejudices of the time. Wonderfully written, kept me going and going wanting to read non stop.
XAV8RW8R More than 1 year ago
A very poignant and relevant story about coming of age in Atanta in the middle of the Civil Rights movement of the 60's. The characters are well developed and empathetic, and I laughed at the humor, cried with them in the tragedies, and thrilled with them in their victories. Underlying all is a young girl's quest to find the "Truth" and to understand her purpose and place in life. A great read for all ages.
Crystal Yordy More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I didn't want to put it down. I would recommend it for everyone!
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since I'm a rare Atlanta native, I found this book quite interesting. The main event, the plane crash at Orly in Paris, really happened, and the book centers on that to some degree. The main character, Mary Swan, loses her mother in the crash. There really is a Swan House in Atlanta - no relation to the main character. Mary Swan learns a lot about her mother and herself. This is a Christian book with a strong message about love and acceptance on many levels, even concerning civil rights issues.
bookheaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so preachy, I slogged through it because it was a book club selection. Not very well written but the story was okay.
asigg44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, tragic and yet, uplifting story. I was immersed into this book almost immediately and felt as if I were actually part of the book. Grief, faith, friendships, secrets, and civil rights are just a few of the subjects in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for the rest of the Swan House Series!
SweetAngela More than 1 year ago
The story was entertaining and held my interest until the end which was a satisfying ending. But I thought the writing style was distracting and not well written; the religious doctrine seemed very accurate with Christian doctrine but I felt somewhat preachy and out of place at times. It's a wholesome read and I'd recommend it if you can get passed the writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems long and drawnout.cannot finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a wonderful history and life lesson book. You felt like you where living in the 60's with this young girl and the trials and tribulations she had to deal with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Life death hope and coming of age in an interesting and troubled period in the south. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! The story was captivating and I couldn't put my nook down!!!
Observantgrandmother More than 1 year ago
It was a bit of a curiosity. I think the writer made the same mistake(s) I did with my never-published novel, namely too many issues, too many characters. In our current culture, most readers are not willing to take a long, leisurely tour through a story. In my opinion, the author tackles too many heavy themes: Mental illness, (good insights there) civil rights (it's been done to death) evangelism (I am a Believer, but I thought it went way too heavy and spent too much story time on that) coming of age (not bad) and art, (also not bad.) Still, I came away feeling good. As a lover of cheesy Hallmark movies, I must say that it had a satisfying ending. I even cried.
MRTCNGC More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading books which are set in the historical period of the 1960s. The author has an interesting style of writing. I felt I understood the characters' motivation.
casindia More than 1 year ago
I have toured Swan house and walked the grounds surrounding it. Been to the high Art Museum too.Everything could be so easily seen and felt, well written enough to wish for a 2nd book about the characters.
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Enjoyed the time period and use of characters. Inspired by main characters growth during a difficult time in her life.