The Swan House  -     By: Elizabeth Musser
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The Swan House

Bethany House / 2001 / Paperback

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In 1960s Atlanta, wealthy Mary Swan Middleton has it all. When her mother's sudden death sends her reeling, the family maid challenges her to reach out to the less fortunate as a way to ease her loss. Then Mary meets Carl, her opposite in every way. Seeking his help to solve a mystery, she learns more than she ever imagined---about race, faith, and love. 448 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8.37 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0764225081
ISBN-13: 9780764225086
Availability: In Stock

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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.

Author Bio

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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  1. keepin it real
    Kansas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Elizabeth Musser is amazing.
    November 3, 2013
    keepin it real
    Kansas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is so fantastic. It will change your life! Read it.
  2. cheri
    CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Real love truly is color blind
    January 2, 2013
    cheri
    CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Swan House, The: A Novel - eBook.
    Not having grown up in the south, there is much I have never understood about the culture - especially between blacks and whites. Mary Swan's eyes are truly opened wide to the racism around her as well as people's refusal to speak of the past as well as their reluctance to face conflicts and confront unpleasant situations. Mary Swan meets the real Jesus that she has only known in a very superficial way. She encounters His truth and what it really means to follow him.
  3. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good story
    October 5, 2012
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Swan House" is a historical set in 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia. Segregation was being broken down, but prejudice and violence against blacks was still very present. Vivid descriptions about the place, time, and people brought the story alive in my imagination.

    The characters were engaging, had depth, and reacted to things in realistic ways. The low level of suspense came from relationship tensions--romantic, family, and racial. While not depressing, it's not a light-hearted story. Mary Swan goes through so much pain due to losing loved ones, her naivete, and learning some new, hard things about her mother.

    There was a strong Christian element, and it flowed naturally as a part of the story. Mary Swan went to church all of her life, but she's challenged by the devotion she sees in a white woman who gave up a life of privilege to serve among the poor. Mary Swan is afraid God will ask her to do something like that, so she doesn't want to get any closer to God, but she is curious about the strong faith she sees.

    There was a very minor amount of explicit bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd highly recommend this novel.
  4. Dr Nancy
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A well-written, thoughtful novel.
    June 27, 2011
    Dr Nancy
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Swan House, The: A Novel - eBook.
    One of the best pieces of contemporary Christian literature that I've read. Many steps above typical Christian fiction, both in subject matter as well as writing style. Well worth the time reading.
  5. Sandy
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book that you can really get into...
    June 22, 2011
    Sandy
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Swan House, The: A Novel - eBook.
    This book is very well written, interesting, and moving. I had trouble putting it down, especially in some places. I laughed with them, cried with them, and prayed with them for the hurting in this time that we live. I love history and found a lot of history in the book that happened in the south that I live in. There are many lessons to be learned, such as trusting God in every situation, and that He loves all of us, no matter what race, color, education, financial situation, or what side of town that we live in. God can change every heart to be what He would have it to be.
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