Monday, June 27, 2011

The Sweetest Thing



Anne "Perri" Singleton's world is defined by the security of family, the camaraderie of friends at an exclusive Atlanta girls' school, and an enviable social life. She isn't looking for new friends when Mary Dobbs Dillard arrives from Chicago. Besides, "Dobbs", the passionate and fiercely individualistic daughter of an itinerant minister is her opposite in every way.

But just as the Great Depression collides disastrously with Perri's well-ordered life, friendship blossoms -- that friendship that will be tested by jealousy, betrayal, and family secrets.

With her endearing characters and poignant storytelling, Atlanta native Elizabeth Musser vividly re-creates the charm of her beloved city amid the poverty and plenty that shaped the 1930s.

My Review:

If you only read one more book this year, make it this one.

Stunning doesn't begin to describe the spellbinding combination of unforgettable characters, exquisite word choice and a rich, deep plot that will leave you mulling it over long after you close the book.

Musser's 'voice' is so clearly southern that it is a pleasure to read each finely-crafted word. She creates pictures and atmosphere with them and tells a timeless story you'll be better for having read.

This is an epic coming-of-age tale. Two girls as opposite as can be, meeting during one of the most unsettled times in the history of the United States. Musser captures the desperation and despair but also the hope, courage and dignity of people forced to face the unthinkable every single day. Dobbs and Perri take turns telling their story -- each girl's distinctive voice building both plot and tension.

The spiritual threads in The Sweetest Thing are profound. It's the age old struggle of finding faith and keeping it. Musser does it justice in a gritty, real, honest way. And oh -- this book is filled with so much hope! It really made my spirits soar despite the harsh realities that can be found throughout the plot. Just like real life.

Can you tell I loved this book? ! If you'd like a chance to win a copy see below.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Giveaway: Leave a comment if you would like a chance at winning a copy of The Sweetest Thing. The draw will be held on Sunday July 3. If Blogger doesn't let you comment you can also email at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.


  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  2. I think this one sounds so good! You've definitely sold me on it.

    And this is the third book this year you've sold me on.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  3. Good luck, Rebecca!

    Michelle, glad I sold you on it. Good luck!

  4. I am posting my review of this tomorrow so please don't enter me. Very interesting book and I loved the southern flair!

  5. The Sweetest Thing sounds like a book I have to read! Please include me, I love books set in the Depression era. Thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  6. This books sounds like a great historical drama, especially when it involes secrets and betrayal and the backdrop of the Great Depression.