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The Swan House

The Swan House 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

  • Title: The Swan House
  • Author: Elizabeth Musser
  • ISBN: 9780764225086
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 somethinMary 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 than she ever could have imagined.

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    1. I knew that if I searched long and hard enough that I would eventually find good Christian fiction. And I finally found it in The Swan House. So, it's a bit perplexing to come to Good Reads to find so many negative reviews. Was this book heavy on the Christianity? Um, yes, it's Christian fiction. Was it heavy on historical detail? Yeah, it's an historical novel. Did it sound like it was from a 16 y.o.'s viewpoint? Yes- because it was. Maybe it boils down to this: The rest of the reviewers have n [...]

    2. Great Christian Fiction! Wow, It was such a moving story. I had to get past the way Musser had the African-American's speak in the south. I don't think she really captured it, but she did well enough to keep me sitting in for a very long book. I enjoyed the book. I loved the story of Mary Swan and the her self discovery in God. I loved how Musser tied God into the book without it being religious, but all about a real relationship with God. I was able to be encouraged in my own walk with God whil [...]

    3. THE SWAN HOUSE is historical, Christian fiction & a 'coming of age' novel. The main character, Mary Swan, is a rich, white girl living in the 60's in Atlanta. Her adolescence is marked by the tragic loss of her mother in a plane crash that takes the lives of many of Atlanta's finest citizens. Between her mother's death & a mystery she is 'dared' to solve by the private school she attends, Mary Swan learns about prejudice, her mother's flaws & pain, & faith. My favorite books are [...]

    4. This book was a choice for my book club. While the storyline contained much promise, the book is a huge disappointment. It is set in the early 60s in Atlanta, Georgia, in the well-to-do Buckhead area. The civil rights movement is meant to be a main part of the story, and the main character awakens to racial hatred in her community. It also deals with the subject of death and the grief of a teenage girl who loses her mother in a tragic airplane accident, the details of which were based on a true [...]

    5. I really really enjoyed this book! I never knew there was a plane crash in France that involved over 100 Americans from Atlanta. How sad. The author did such a good job portraying the tragedy and writing a story about one family caught up in the aftermath.Mary Swan Middleton loses her mother, a talented artist, in the plane crash of 1962. Her coming-of-age story has so many themes and lessons! The issue of prejudice and civil rights is a major strand in this book but there are other themes addre [...]

    6. Oh my I was recently asked had a read this book and I had not but had it on my kindle so I started it! If you have not read "The Swan House" you want to! I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have read in a while!It is a christian, historical novel set in 1962 in Atlanta, Georgia. It is told by a lady who is remembering back when she was 16 years old. Segregation was being broken down, but prejudice and violence against blacks was still very present. Vivid descriptions about the pla [...]

    7. The Swan House has a title and a cover that drew me in. I imagined this story to be about an old, possibly deserted mansion with secrets to hide. This book has plenty of secrets but none were about the house. In fact the house really didn't have much to do with the story. I felt the title was out of place.The Swan House is a Christian fiction novel. If I had known that I might never have bought it. Not that I'm not a Christian, I am but it's not the kind of fiction I typically care to read. And [...]

    8. The Swan House by Elizabeth MusserWhen Mary Swan Middleton is chosen to be Raven of her school she can think of no greater honor. Once every year a Raven is chosen to solve a dare of some kind. Her dare is to find three paintings that mysteriously disappeared a day before they were to be presented at Museum. The three donors are Leslie Lanchap, Henry Becker and Shelia Middleton. Shelia Middleton is her mother so it should be simple. But when her mother dies in a plane crash heading home from Par [...]

    9. What a rich, rich novel. My tears were flowing at the end. So many themes and emotions: loss, love, faith, race, civil rights in the 60's, poverty, affluence, mental illness, pain, joy. A very rich coming of age story of a pretty complex character in 16 year old Mary Swan. I was surprised at the rich theme of faith, spirituality, and prayer. And I was moved by the references of old Atlanta and about race relations at that time, especially through the eyes of a girl who didn't really notice race [...]

    10. I can't believe I just found this book. Halfway through the book I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it would be one of my favorite books of all time. I am usually not a fan of books that have sad elements in them, but Ms. Musser's writing is so engaging and rich, I could not put The Swan House down. The story also convicted me on a personal level and had me thinking how comfortable I live when there are so many people living homeless and hungry. It gave me a desire to want to stretch my hand [...]

    11. This historical fiction/evangelical novel is superbly done. Historical and geographical details of Atlanta are seamlessly woven into a believable "come of age" story about a teen girl facing numerous emotional challenges. I plan to read more by Elizabeth Musser.

    12. This is an interesting, well-researched, detail-rich story of a wealthy, white girl growing up in the 50's/60's in Atlanta, Georgia. A tragic accident leaves Mary Swan confused and questioning many of her beliefs and things she holds dear in life. She finds out secrets about her beloved mother that help her grow as a young artist. I love how she struggles through racial tensions, relationships, school, and faith. I thought this title was very well written and the teenage angst felt real to me. T [...]

    13. This book was amazing! It truly helped me spiritually and taught me about racism and about kindness towards others. The ending was just ok, I would highly recommend it!!

    14. So I had to love this book. I lived this. Like I grew up three houses away from The Swan House; grew up with people like these characters. Spot on.

    15. The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser was truly one of the best books I have read. Musser is new author to me, and I have enjoyed both of her books that I have read so far. Her characters are very rich, and the storyline is is interesting enough to hook my attention from the beginning.The book is about the search for truth. Mary Swan, the heroine in the book begins searching for truth to solve a dare, but in the process, she finds truth about her family, her community, and finally she comes to unde [...]

    16. I really enjoyed reading this book. I downloaded another book that Ihad been waiting a long time to read, and chose to continue The SwanHouse.There was a lot that I liked about the story, and a little that I didnot care too much for. I'll get the negative out of the way first: Ifelt that the introduction to Mary Swan as a parent, talking about herstory and her life to her daughter was unnecessary to the plot of thestory. Honestly I could barely remember how the book even started,because once I g [...]

    17. I'm a little conflicted on my rating for this book. I really liked it, and was surprised to like it. But I wonder if I would have enjoyed the story as much as I did, if it didn't take place in Atlanta. It was very cool to be able to relate so strongly to all the familiar surroundings of Atlanta that play such an important role in the story. I have to say I learned more about the history of Atlanta and the origins and histories of so many of the famous landmarks, than I have learned on my own in [...]

    18. Had my book club not chosen this book, I would not have read it. The genre is Christian romance, one I had rejected without ever giving it a try. To my surprise, I found the story engaging all the way through its 400 pages. Guess that rattles my biases.This is a coming of age story of a 16-year-old Mary Swan Middleton whose mother is killed in the Orly plane crash which took over 100 Atlanta civic leaders in 1962. In her grief, Mary Swan turns to helping at a black church, becomes romantically a [...]

    19. "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 th [...]

    20. ** hidden due to mild spoilers **+ I liked the main character a lot, I think that if Mary Swan was a real person and a peer, we'd have been friends. + The bones of this story are good.+ I love when novels tie in historical events, i.e. the Orly plane crash. - I am with the previous reviewer that the title of this novel is a bit off. I'm guessing it's because she finds herself in the end but still an odd choice. However it does make me want to go see the house someday.- I hate when books endings [...]

    21. I enjoyed this book primarily because of the story's location (Alanta), the depiction of racial complexities in the early 60's and the stories connection to the horrific plane crash that killed so many of the city's wealthy, buckhead couples who were so active in helping the growth of the arts at a time when the city was just starting to grow. If those don't get'cha, perhaps the facts that it is a story of a young girl in H.S. who must survive the loss of her mother(an artist who died in the cra [...]

    22. Wonderful Read. If Atlanta History interests you, you will find this book compelling. Yesterday, June1 50 years ago a terrible tragedy occurred that affected Atlanta for ever. An airplane crash taking off from Paris Airfield killing all. Aboard the plane were 122 Atlanta citizens who had been touring European Museums and Art Displays for a couple of weeks. This airplane crash is part of the two book series. Our present Art Museum is a direct result of contributions as a memorial to this terrible [...]

    23. This story made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved the protagonist and her innocence on some things and wanted to scream at her at other times. The story is set in the South during the 1960s. I really got wrapped up in the racial segregation issues and could understand the city's devastation after the Orley plane crash - Atlanta's own "9/11" in terms of affect on the city. The Raven Dare was an interesting story and concept and I can't stop thinking about it! Highly recommend to anyone who lik [...]

    24. Love, Love, Love this book. Not quite as real as The Help, but it definately gave me a great view of Atlanta in 1962. I'm some of the interracial storylines were a little too good to be true, but still a very moving story. I highly recomend this to anyone who lives in Atlanta and wants to know some awesome tidbits about The High Museum, The Varsity and the list goes on and on.Very good, very involved, good, good book.

    25. A good story of finding your faith and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Era. A story of how a teenager in Buckhead finds who she is and how she dealt with the loss of her mother in the Orly plane crash of 1962.The stages of grief were dealt with and showed the way different people grieve. All in all I would recommend this book.

    26. This book is a true find. I found myself totally enthralled with the character of Mary Swan and her struggles to find her way in the midst of the turbulent times of the early sixties in the segregated south. Faced with terrible tragedy, the main character seeks truth, questions the status quo, and in the process finds herself and her faith. This was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it.

    27. good, I like the history. and since I lived outside atlanta for a year I liked that I'd been all the places and knew some of it. But it was a little wordy where need not be, although the last 100 pages made me cry through them and I liked it a lot.

    28. Such a great read! The author held my attention until the last page. Lots of Atlanta history in the pages of this novel.

    29. Nearly stopped reading a number of times during the first third of the book but I am so glad I continued. All of a sudden the story took off and I could not put it down!

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