The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing

by Elizabeth Musser
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The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser

The Singleton family's fortunes seem unaffected by the Great Depression, and Perri—along with the other girls at Atlanta's elite Washington Seminary—lives a carefree life of tea dances with college boys, matinees at the cinema, and debut parties. But when tragedies strike, Perri is confronted with a world far different from the one she has always known.

At the insistence of her parents, Mary "Dobbs" Dillard, the daughter of an itinerant preacher, is sent from inner-city Chicago to live with her aunt and attend Washington Seminary, bringing confrontation and radical ideas. Her arrival intersects at the point of Perri's ultimate crisis, and the tragedy forges an unlikely friendship.

The Sweetest Thing tells the story of two remarkable young women—opposites in every way—fighting for the same goal: surviving tumultuous change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764208317
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 574,715
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Musser is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling The Swan House. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she and her husband currently reside near Lyon, France.

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The Sweetest Thing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line takes place in Atlanta during the great depression. The writing is solid the characters are well defined and crafted. I would classify this book as a page turner. The author leads you through the lives of two main characters one who knew the best of society in Atlanta the other from a struggling family living in Chicago, they meet when the young lady from Chicago moves to Atlanta to live with her father's sister. The emotions that are displayed are raw and incredibly real, the reader will be pulled into the story line beginning on the first page. This is not a fluff novel and strongly recommend buying the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy her characters and hostorical storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book ! Lots of life lessons in here! This book has a little mystrey with a wonderful picture of atlanta during the depression & how Gid will always lead you through it.
booklover654 More than 1 year ago
Friendship. Love. Forgiveness. A beautiful story that I couldn't put down. I will be buying more of Elizabeth Musser's books soon! (The Swan House was also fantastic.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got a book for free from the Bethany House reviewers company, but I've been gone, so I'm only getting around to writing the review until now. So, anyway, "The Sweetest Thing" by Elizabeth Musser was a really good book. I love historical fiction- I love history in general ? This book takes place in the 1930's. Anne Perri Singleton is a socialite (or at least it seemed it to me?) But as the Great Depression comes and her life crashes as hard as the stock market, Perri makes a new friend. Will their new relationship stand the test of jealousy, betrayal, and family secrets? I won't say, but I will say that this book is definitely an enjoyable read. I give it a solid four out of five stars?
PamT2u More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Elizabeth Musser. She is a sensitive writer who has studied well the social characteristics of the times she writes in. This is a great story about friendship, resilience, and being true to who you are. The characters are varied and complex. It is a good read about the power of friendship and forgiveness and you will find yourself being able to really picture each scene. It would make a good book club book as there are surprises and twists that can't be predicted. All the makings of a good novel.
cranberrycottage More than 1 year ago
I was pulled in right from the first sentence..."I met Dobbs on the day my world fell apart." The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers for review. It is written by Elizabeth Musser. I have never read anything by this author and was happy to be introduced to her work! The book takes place in Georgia during the time of the Great Depression. (I love historical fiction!!) The book switches back and forth between the view-points of the two main characters. Mary Dobbs Dillard arrives in Atlanta to stay with her affluent Aunt & Uncle. Her family is from Chicago and is very poor, as her father is an itinerant preacher. She forms a fast friendship with Anne Perri Singleton. Anne is used to a life of affluence, but immediately hardships hit her family and this stretches the friendship of the two. I found myself wrapped up in the lives of these characters & would welcome a sequel to this great book!! It was an enjoyable, easy read that I would recommend if you're looking for a book for what is left of your summer reading time.
Pipsquackgirl More than 1 year ago
Very good book about friendship of two very different girls from very different backgrounds. Good view of life in the great depression and people struggles. The book had alot of the good things we look for in books, humor, love,romance, tragety, suspense,mystery,family warm fuzzies, happy endings and some good bible lessons. When I first recieved the book I wasn't sure I would like it or not. I was very pleasantly suprised, it's one of those books that suck you into the plot, you feel you are living among the people in the story. It's one of those books you feel compelled to finish...can't put it down. This was my first and hopefully not my last Elizabeth Musser book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this beautiful Christian Historical Fiction book! The Sweetest Thing offers a slice of life in the south in the 1930's. This book covered many intriguing aspects of life during that time period. As well as timeless questions of what is truly important in life, love, faith, friendships, and service to others in times of sorrow, doubt, fear, faith and joy. It was a journey I thoroughly enjoyed. Elizabeth Musser does not shy away from difficult topics but she handles them with grace. I read this book in two days, and did not want it to end.
bongie More than 1 year ago
Rather a slow read. Alot of God and religion and preaching. Boring. 
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Should be made into a movie! The title of the book hits it right on the spot! The book begins when Mary Dobbs Dillard arrives in a new world. She had been to Atlanta before, but many years ago, and before the depression. What a whole new life is about to open up to her! Mary Dobbs...or Dobbs as she is called has come to stay with her Aunt Josie and Uncle Robert, she is coming to attend a wonderful Private School..Washington Seminary. When she arrives in Atlanta she is met by her Aunt and soon to be best friend Perri. This day is also President Hoover's last day in office, and President Roosevelt's first Fire Side Chat. It also turns out to be Perri's worst day of her young life. Her Father takes his own life! Dobb's is an unlikely friend for Perri, but they find joy through the turmoil in their young lives. Dobb's father is a Preacher and she has gone to bed numerous times hungry, as her folks give away their food to those more needy. She arrives to opulence, and food! I loved hearing the stories she told the girls in her inner circle. This is such a great read that I never wanted it to that there was an epilogue at the end of the book. Thank you Elizabeth Musser for sharing your gifts! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
SailinRae More than 1 year ago
Hey Y'all, This is one of the best books yet! I always enjoy reading Elizabeth's books, because of the fact they are based in my great city of Atlanta!!! (Best place on earth btw) And they christian undertones that they always have. Perri, now this girl has it all, money, servants, parents that adore her, and friends that worship her. That is until her father suddenly dies...Leaving their mom to find work, and eventually Perri as well. One day, Perri's mom makes her meet a girl at the train station names Mary Dobbs coming in from Chicago to Stay with her aunt for the year, that way she could get a decent education...And her first impression is that she a a poor girl who is in need of charity...Little did she know she was looking at her best friend. Mary Dobbs, now this girl is opposite of Perri in every way...Her hair is long, she doesn't have designer clothes, and she's wanting to become a preacher's wife that lives day to day wondering where their next meal is going to come from...that is until she gets a taste of the 'high life'. If you pick up The Sweetest Thing, you are going to be transported in time to the depression Era, and follow these two young girls the the trials of being teenagers in the 1930's!!! (I received this book from Bethany House Publishing, and was given permission to give my thoughts weither they be positive or negative)
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
"The Sweetest Thing is a touching story of friendship and faith. Musser's characters are as real and as unforgettable as the friends I grew up with." -Lynn Austin, bestselling author of While We're Far Apart My Review: Elizabeth Musser, in her book, The Sweetest Thing, gives you a very personal, bird's-eye view of life during the Depression years in different parts of the country in the early 1930s. It's a book of contrasts: Anne "Perri" Singleton's wealthy socialite family and Mary Dobbs Dillard's poor family whose father is an itinerant pastor; Anne who has a well-ordered, busy social life and Mary who is an outspoken individualist; and the possibility of polar opposites becoming friends. When disaster strikes Perri's life, Mary is there to encourage her with her faith in God. When sickness and secrets strikes Mary's life, she questions and doubts her faith. Jealousy, betrayal, and family secrets eventually causes an estranged in their friendship. But it's faith that comes from the least likely source that will surprise you through the end of the story. The ups and downs of the girls' friendship are typical for the circumstances and age of the girls. They seem very familiar. The descriptions of the calamities that befall some of the families are well-developed and so very real. The destitution during the Depression is palpable and realistic. The mystery that is woven into the story keeps the pages turning! God's intervention stands out in ways that shouldn't surprise a believer, yet in ways it does. God is faithful, just not always in how we expect. Trust in God is the main emphasis that comes to my mind in the midst of trying circumstances in Elizabeth's story. Along with the faith, love and help of people when desperate times hit those they have come to love. Friendship and the faithfulness of God are The Sweetest Thing. This book was provided by Jim Hart of Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser is a beautiful story of friendship between two young women in 1930s Atlanta, Georgia. Perri Singleton is the most popular girl in Atlanta, gaining the nickname of "girl of a thousand dates" for her beauty and charm. Mary Dobbs Dillard doesn't quite fit in like Perri when she moves from Chicago to stay with her aunt and attend school in Atlanta to help out her financially strapped family. Dobbs' father is a pastor who often gives away his own family's food to others in need, and in the midst of the Depression, there is always someone in need. Dobbs and Perri make an immediate connection, one so deep and rare that they become inseparable. But when Perri's father commits suicide after terrible financial losses, it plunges her family into their struggle to survive, removing her from the social circle she's always occupied and pushing her into the arms of Spaulding, a rich college boy who could return Perri and her family to the lifestyle they are accustomed to. Dobbs left Chicago with an understanding with Hank, but the allure of living comfortably makes her question all that she knew and held to be true, especially when illness threatens the life of her younger sister. There are some books that you read that don't pull you in because of the story: Perri and Dobbs' friendship is not an unusual story, especially with the Southern hook; you read them because of the writer, because of the beauty and elegance of the writing. This is that book. Musser pulls readers completely into the world of Perri and Dobbs, both facing terrible choices in their young lives and trying to figure out just where God fits in. Narration alternates between the two girls, and Musser does a remarkable job of portraying them through the actual writing styles. Dobbs' words tumble out almost on top of each other, bouncing from topic to topic with no warning or breath. Perri's chapters are more restrained, much like the young woman herself, she tries to portray a certain image of herself, even to readers. There's also a mystery here with stolen jewelry, but the real story is that of Perri and Dobbs growing up together. It's compelling and poignant and feels very, very real. With this novel, Musser has placed herself on my "favorite authors" list.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
The time is the Great Depression - 1930's, the place is Atlanta. Times are tough for Mary and her family, but their faith keeps them strong. She is from Chicago and her father is a preacher. The opportunity arises for Mary to go live with an aunt in Atlanta so that she can get a better education, so she moves. Perri is a total opposite. She is from the society side of Atlanta and loves the parties and popularity. When the two girls meet, it seems unlikely that they will be friends, but when tragedy enters the picture, circumstances change. Throughout the book the two girls change, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. How the girls end up and the mystery and suspense that is added will keep a reader enthralled throughout the story. This is a wonderful story of tragedy, friendship, faith, and redeeming grace. I loved reading about the characters encountering and dealing with real problems, real situations. The girls became very real to me and I was hoping the book would end with good things for the girls, but won't give away the ending! One of the biggest lessons of the book is that no matter what, God is always with us. He is there even when we turn our backs on Him. I recommend this book to individuals and groups alike. There are many topics that lend themselves to group discussion. Thank you to Bethany House for my copy of the book. It is a pleasure to write my review!
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a VERY enjoyable read. It was so well written. I found many spiritual lessons to be learned that I could apply to my life. The setting is the 1930's during the depression in Atlanta, Georgia. Mary Dobbs was the daughter of a very poor but dedicated evangelist. She had her family had little to spare and often times not enough. Instead of this being a negative, their poverty had strengthened her faith in God and her focus was on sharing Christ and living for Him. She was a very happy vivacious young woman, untouched by their hardships. Her family sends her to live with her wealthy aunt and have the opportunity to receive an education they cannot afford. When she moves to Atlanta, she meets Perri Singleton, the exact opposite of Mary. She has only known wealth and privilege all her life. She is unappreciative, intolerant, and petty. At first the two girls do not like each other then tragedy brings them together and they become fast friends. Mary is strong in sharing her beliefs and living by them, but the longer she lives in affluence the more she begins to stray from her strong faith. As her faith wanes and weakens she becomes more shallow and worldly like Perri. At the same time her sowing of the seed of God's Word has taken hold in the hearts of the other socialite girls and Perri and they grow in faith. I found such a lesson in this about how the focus on worldly things can crowd the Lord out of one's life, and the more we have the more discontented we will become if we not careful. It also showed the strong influence of one's peers on personal choices and beliefs. Both characters face many heartaches and struggles, yet the author always brought Bible principals into dealing with their problems. Some parts made me really think about accepting my circumstances as God's will and asking "what" He wants me to do, not "why". My thoughts were also directed to the fact that what we think is best for us may not be God's best no matter how things appear or our feelings. I like the way the author went back and forth between Mary and Perri, sharing each girls thoughts a view point of the situation. It was fun being able to see both sides of the story that the other character wasn't privy to knowing. This book was like driving an Arkansas road; lot's of twists and curves when you least expect it. It was hard to put down! There was definitely romance in the book but it was handled so tastefully. I really liked the ending, it was complete and I felt very satisfied, not like with some books where you are left hanging or expecting more. I highly recommend this book! I was sad when I finished it! I have received this from book Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
rtwins More than 1 year ago
The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser is a historical novel set in the southern Great Depression Era. The author did a beautiful job opening the curtain that often hid the elite who shared the same struggles as the poor during this tragic period of American history. Hoover was gone and Roosevelt was in as the new president of the United States. But help did not come soon enough for Anne "Perri " Singleton's father, head of the Georgia Trust Bank. Her world fell apart in 1933 when her father was found hanging from the rafters. Suicide. When Mary "Dobbs" Dillard, from Chicago, daughter of a poor itinerant minister, comes to live with her father's sister and wealthy aunt to attend school, they become fast friends. Dobbs tries to fit into Atlanta society, struggling with the morals she has been taught since birth, and Perri tries to keep up appearances, temporarily sacrificing her friendship with Dobbs. Perri and Dobbs seek to reveal family secrets. Their answers uncover jealousy, betrayal, and disaster which collides with their well-ordered life. It was fascinating to read the great lengths that the privileged would resort to maintain their lifestyle during the Depression. It was equally fascinating to read Dobbs struggle in her aunt's home, never experiencing being served by blacks, the very people that she served in her father's ministry. The author did a wonderful job detailing the sharp contrast between black and white relations during this time, sadly, which still exist in areas of the south. This story would be a beautiful addition to your summer reading.
Kristen Smith More than 1 year ago
An Atlanta native and proud alumna of the Westminster Schools, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully researched book about our predecessor, Washington Seminary.