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The Sweetest Thing

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  796 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
The tale of two remarkable young women--opposites in every way--fighting to survive in the tumultuous times of the Great Depression in Atlanta.
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published April 23rd 2011)
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Naomi Bennet

What a splendid, SPLENDID, SPLENDID way to start of this New Year; 2016. "The Sweetest Thing" is one of my favourite books. EVER. Probably on the top five, even; I DON'T KNOW IT'S JUST FREAKING AMAZING AND GOOD AND just gahhhhhhh. (This was the third re-read, and yes. Suffice to say that I cried and laughed and hugged the book in frenzies of happiness.)

I have no idea how I will write this; but I plan to make it capsy and fangirly and I want to make everyone who reads this buy it immediately.
Jun 03, 2011 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I slipped into “The Sweetest Thing” like a favorite pair of shoes. A perfect fit, with just a little pinch to remind you that these shoes were made for walkin’.

I love first-person dramas (word of warning to action readers, this book won’t be for you). The book is very character driven with a story that reached down deep and tugged at my heart strings. While the story revolves around two young women, both searching for their way, the plot never dragged. Perri and Dobbs are thrust in and out of t
Jan 31, 2016 Tanx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Novel started off slow with the budding of relationship between Dobbs & Perri.
About half way through, things got interesting and it was hard to put down the book. The second half was so good that it more than made up for the slow start, I'm giving this 5 stars with no hesitancy!

POV is done in diary format of the 2 female leads. Although their dreams, passions, heartaches, pining for boys, thinking maturity are fitting to their 16 year olds self, but I'm happy to report none of it are fluff s
Jul 12, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hello! I'm the author and I just wanted to make one correction. Evidently someone has written that 'The Sweetest Thing' is part of 'The Swan House' series. It is not. It is a stand alone novel that takes place in the 1930s Atlanta, but you do not have to have read 'The Swan House' or 'The Dwelling Place' to understand the story in 'The Sweetest Thing'.

Thanks to all of you for your comments. Blessings and happy reading!

Jul 14, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, 2013-to-read
Elizabeth Musser has woven a tale that will enchant readers from the first word all the way to the last. A story so real and touching, it's hard not to shed a tear or let a laugh slip out. Not only is the story gripping and entertaining, but it contains incredible lessons that everyone can learn something from.

The characters are deep and real. It's hard to come across a book such as this that allows you to feel this deeply connected to the characters. Mrs. Musser has created persons that are muc
Jul 22, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I let out a sigh of satisfaction and contentment as I finished reading the last page of this book, realizing that YA historical fiction is fast becoming one of my favourite genres. I simply loved this beautiful book, enjoying it to the point that I did not want it to end.

It takes place in Atlanta, Georgia in 1933 during the Depression. Seventeen year-old Mary Dobbs, daughter of an itinerant preacher from Chicago, arrives poor but full of life and religious zeal to live with her wealthy, generous
Combining two of my favorites subjects to read about (the south and the great Depression), Elizabeth Musser takes her readers back to a turbulent time of fear and uncertainty during the 1930’s. The Sweetest Thing is told through the eyes of two main characters, Anne “Perri” Singleton who lives a life of plenty, and Mary Dobbs Dillard who lives a life of want.

Circumstances created by the Depression cause the lives of these two very different young women to collide and from that meeting a wonderf
I think this one deserves five stars, :) Unique, dramatic, and full of unexpected twists and turns, The Sweetest Thing took me on quite a journey. The historical information was fantastic; I had a grand time learning about the dresses, hairstyles, parties, and traditions of that day. Also, the faith in this story was bittersweet, powerful, and heartfelt. Lovely.

The Sweetest Thing is different from the novels I generally read. It wasn't quite a romance, but rather centered on the lives of two tee
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
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The Sweetest Thing was my first introduction to Elizabeth Musser’s writing and I can tell you without a doubt, that I have been missing out! This novel is filled with rich and vivid descriptions that didn’t just set the stage for a novel but really brought 1930s Atlanta Society to life. Reading this book, the oppressive heat of the Atlanta summer and the suffocating weight of simply surviving during the depression – or trying t
The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser is lovely novel with all the poise of a Southern lady, simply sophisticated and always tempering the right words with grace and charm.

Musser provides an outstanding cast of characters to surround the two principals, Anne Perrin Singleton and Mary Dobbs Dillard, who drive the story with their alternating POV. The unlikely friends, opposites in most every way, gradually influence each other over the course of the novel which causes various conflicts with thos
"The Sweetest Thing" pushed me into the different lives of Perri and Dobbs and still hasn't let go. In a mysterious story of friendship, God's love, as well as a healthy dose of young love, this book was absolutely perfect. It made me laugh, cry, stare at the book in shock, and feel warm inside. There is nothing about this book I didn't like and the characters are real and honest and I love them all (except the bad guys, of course).
Feb 11, 2015 Hayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd seen this book advertised around Christian fiction circles back when it first came out, but it didn't really capture my attention until recently, when a few Goodreads friends recommend it to me and I saw the praise-filled reviews it had gotten.

The Sweetest Thing was intriguing and well-written, with an engaging plot and a strong Christian message.However, while I did really enjoy this book, it wasn't a favorite for reasons that are difficult to explain. I find that books have certain "moods"
Apr 15, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book!!! It was set in Atlanta during the depression, the author did a great job with the setting and the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
April Suter
Mar 10, 2014 April Suter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1933 Atlanta. A story of two girls growing up and becoming women of faith. Dobbs is living with her aunt and uncle while her father is a poor preacher in Chicago. Perri is being raised in luxury with a private education and a country-club life. Their lives intertwine and they become close friends. They both have several why's in life they want answered. I had to stay up late to find out the ending...I needed to know :-)
A part that personally grabbed me on page 323: "Why? ..... "That's not the ri
Jul 07, 2014 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an in depth portrait of Atlanta society in the 1930's, alternating between two teenage female narrators. these young women are role models for our female readers. their moral development is fantastic, and the romantic plot points are satisfying yet tumultuous, and not central to the entire story, reminding me once again why Musser is one of my favorite authors. she treats themes of greed, fear, class and race with sensitivity. I always walk away from her novels wishing that these women were my B ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Mollythepirate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
When I chose this book, I admit I thought the soft colored cover and promises of 1930's Atlanta sounded too good to pass up. What I didn't expect was a story about a girl who loses her father and the full gamut of emotions she and her family go through to right their upside down world. Having lost my father not quite five years ago I spent most of this book crying. And I'm crying even remembering it as I type this which is why I put off writing this for so long. It was hard for me to read, yet I ...more
Lisa M.
Oct 02, 2013 Lisa M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diana bartch
This book had everything...intrigue, romance, history. I loved it! So much that I couldn't put it down which meant I turned off my bedside light little bit too late. I highly recommend this to any inspirational fiction lovers particularly if you are drawn to historical genre.

This book is written as a two part narrative between the two main characters Anne (aka Perri) and Mary Dobbs (aka Dobbs). It is set in 1933 in Atlanta, GA during the middle of the Great Depression. It opens on th
Jul 11, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Maureen Timerman
Aug 07, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
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 he
Clockstein Lockstein
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 t ...more
Elizabeth Musser has just written another best seller!

Set in Atlanta, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, we step into the lives of Anne "Perri" Singleton and Mary Dobbs Dillard.

Anne Perri: "family seemingly untouched by the Depression, the camaraderie of friends at an exclusive Atlanta girls' school, and an enviable social life."

Mary Dobbs Dillard: "the passionate and fiercely individualist daughter of an itinerant minister," a family who lives in poverty along with those to whom they mi
Regina Spiker
Mary “Dobbs” Dillard and Anne “Perri” Singleton are destined to be great friends, even though their first meeting was not pleasant. Brought together by circumstances during the Great Depression, affluent and socialite Perri still lives in a fairytale world several years after the Black Market crash of 1931. Dobbs’ wealthy Aunt Josie has brought her from her very poor world with her beloved evangelist parents and two sisters in Chicago to Atlanta to attend a prestigious, private school, Washingto ...more
Although I didn’t find this to be a completely gripping read, I thought it was actually pretty good (and isn’t the vintage-looking cover gorgeous?).

A very traumatic event within the first twenty pages left me unsure of whether I wanted to keep reading ((view spoiler)), but I’m very glad I decided to continue.

I was impressed how the author wove some really valuable religious insights into the story. I think it actually helped me in my own spiri
Aug 21, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is set in Atlanta, Georgia in the year 1933 when the Great Depression was a struggle for everyone. Dealing with issues such as: financial loss, grief, forgiveness, illness, and racial segregation which was felt by both the poor and wealthy alike.

Mary Dobbs was 17-years-old and the daughter of a poor preacher from Chicago. Mary had come to Atlanta to live with her rich Aunt so she could attend a prestigious school. Mary meets Anne "Perri" Singleton and the two become fast friends and mu
Dec 16, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1933 in Atlanta; Perri Singleton is excited after hearing President Roosevelt speak on the radio. She believes there is hope for the terrible economy and for her father and his concerns over his failing bank. Perri is off to the train station to pick up the niece of her mother’s dear friend Mrs. Chandler. There she meets Mary Dobbs Dillard from Chicago, whom she decides is a most peculiar girl. Little does she know that tragedy will strike her family and present Perri with the most difficul ...more
May 07, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
I received this as a member of the Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. I found this to be a solid book about life and friendship, loss and healing. At first I had a hard time seeing the main characters, Perri and Dobbs, as girls older than 12. Their behaviors seemed more fitting to younger girls, but eventually I was able to overcome that and see them as young women. I found Musser's style realistic and open, with her characters struggling and reacting in ways that were not necessarily predictable ...more
Mikaylah Brooke Hansen
Elizabeth Musser has done spectacular job on accentuating life during the Great Deppression in this perfectly delightful story. The characters are charming and mysterious all at the same moment. This book was so far the best book I have read by Elizabeth Musser.

How it begins...
It starts out with a big event: Anne "Perri" Singleton's father comitting suicide believed to be caused by hard times. This enthralled you through the next chapters of Perri's hard life, and her meeting the unpredictable M
Jun 07, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve ever had a friend who made a profound difference in your life, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Elizabeth Musser’s latest novel. Set in Atlanta during the 1930′s, The Sweetest Thing tells the story of a life-changing friendship between two college-age girls.

Dobbs, a poor preacher’s daughter, meets Perri, a high society banker’s daughter, when she arrives in Atlanta to stay with her aunt. The two begin spending time together and soon grow close. Dobbs has a vital relationship with the L
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
When I think of the great depression, I think of every single person in America being affected financially. For many in the upper echelons of affluent society, however, the depression never touched them directly. All were aware of the significant impact to the country and many helped those in need. In The Sweetest Thing, Perri Singleton never anticipated that her family's financial situation was dire until tragedy struck. Dobbs Dillard rarely had enough food on the table, let alone fancy dresses ...more
May 28, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sweetest Thing by author Elizabeth Musser is a wonderful novel set in the 1930's that follows two girls, Anne Perri Singleton and Mary Dobbs Dillard.

The story is told by both girls, switching back and forth between them. Mary Dobbs or "Dobbs" as people call her, is the daughter of an itinerant preacher. Having always lived in poverty she finds herself, at the height of the depression, sent to Atlanta to live with her wealthy Aunt Josie. It is here that she meets Perri and their lives unfold
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ELIZABETH MUSSER, an Atlanta native, writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Elizabeth’s highly acclaimed, best-selling novel, The Swan House, was named one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year and one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the Past 100 Years (Georgia Backroads, 2009). All of Elizabeth’s novels have been translated into multiple la ...more
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