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When I Close My Eyes

Won’t they find out about The Awful Year. . . ?

There is one story novelist Josephine Bourdillion shirked from writing. And now she may never have a chance. Trapped in her memories, she lies in a coma.

. . . The man who put her there is just as paralyzed. Retired military Henry Hughes failed to complete the kill. What’s more: he failed to receive payment—funds that would ensure surgery for his son.

As detectives investigate disturbing fan letters, a young but not-so-naive Page Bourdillion turns to her mother’s tormented past for answers. How bad could The Awful Year truly be compared to the one they’re all living?

Set against the flaming hills of North Carolina and the peaceful shores of the Mediterranean Sea, When I Close My Eyes tells the story of two families struggling with dysfunction and finding that love is stronger than death.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review: “Musser delivers a powerful story about mental illness and forgiveness, connecting the culprit and victim of a violent attack through their strong faith…(a) raw portrayal of life with mental illness and the strength of faith to overcome injury…”

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Endorsements 

“Elizabeth Musser’s beautifully written novels are always unique and inspiring—and this is no exception. Christian novels don’t often feature characters who battle depression—or who are hitmen! Yet Musser breathes life into her characters and makes you care. When I Close My Eyes will keep readers guessing and hoping until the very end. Thoroughly engaging!”

—Lynn Austin, author of Legacy of Mercy

“When I Close My Eyes is an enthralling story about family secrets, regret, and shame. Not only has Elizabeth Musser courageously and insightfully addressed complicated issues of mental illness, but she has done so with compassion and nuance by creating sympathetic characters who are struggling to comprehend grace. This story of redemption is an invitation to travel deeper into the heart of a God who companions us in the darkness and offers us hope. Thank you, Elizabeth, for writing an honest book that will be a comfort to the afflicted and to those who love and long for them.”
—Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the Sensible Shoes series and Shades of Light

“Musser pens an exciting, intriguing story of redemption and truth. When I Close My Eyes flows from scene to scene with her pristine storytelling, enticing the reader from the opening scene to the last.”
—Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress and The Memory House

“Elizabeth Musser has penned a unique story—a tender, compassionate, and bittersweet portrayal of mental illness and redeeming grace.”
—Rachel Linden, author of The Enlightenment of Bees

“Elizabeth Musser’s riveting whodunit offers a haunting look at one sympathetic villain and his victim whose lives become entwined when they discover they’re connected by more than one desperate act. When I Close My Eyes is a beautiful novel revealing truth in fiction as it exposes that ‘faith and mental instability aren’t mutually exclusive.’”
—Ann Marie Stewart, author of Christy Award–Winning novel Stars in the Grass

“I have long admired Elizabeth Musser’s stories, but this one takes my admiration to new heights! Through colorful characters and an ever-twisting plot, When I Close My Eyes takes its readers on an unforgettable journey into the meaning of grace. Thanks for sharing your very soul in this one, Elizabeth.”
—Ann Tatlock, novelist, blogger, children’s book author

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The Long Highway Home

When Bobbie Blake gets the news that she is terminally ill, she decides to go back with her niece Tracie, to The Oasis, a ministry center for refugees in Austria where she worked years ago. Back to where there are so many memories of love and loss.

Bobbie and Tracie are moved by the plight of the refugees and in particular, the story of the Iranian Hamid, whose young daughter was caught with a New Testament in her possession in Iran, causing Hamid to flee and putting the whole family in danger.

Can a network of helpers bring the family to safety in time? And at what cost?

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Author’s Note

My goal is to write the best literature I can, with real characters and themes that strike a chord in the reader’s heart and force the reader to think, to ask questions, to laugh and cry and hope.  To be entertained way down in her soul.

This applies to all of my novels, but specifically in The Long Highway Home, I hope readers will be inspired to do what they can in the midst of the complexities of today’s world.

May we Christians be known for our love, not our hate. We are all on a journey ‘home’ and this journey is filled with peril and heartache, whether we’re living in suburbia USA or escaping persecution in a country at war. But our Sovereign Lord is at work in each of our lives in mysterious and marvelous ways to ultimately lead us home.

Beautiful scenery, important issues, real characters, and a bit of suspense make The Long Highway Home a must read – Romantic Times, 4½ stars, Top Pick

Tour

Release day brought a special opportunity to guest post on Inspired by Life and Fiction. Visit to read How Research Changes You!

On my agent’s blog I spoke to My Long Journey Home (Or “Do Author’s Really Need an Agent?”).

I’ve shared the art of Launching Your ‘Self’ without Losing Your Soul on International Christian Fiction Writers.

Iola’s Christian Reads graciously hosted me for a fun Friday Fifteen.

A book review and author interview from Reading Is My Superpower.

My guest post on The Refuge of Reading on Just Commonly.

See my devotion What Is Given Him From Heaven on ACFW.

Publisher’s Weekly book review as well as Romantic Time’s book review.

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Two Crosses

The glimmering Huguenot cross she so innocently wears leads her deep into the shadows.

When Gabriella Madison arrives in the French village of Castelnau in 1961 to continue her university studies, she doesn’t anticipate being drawn into the secretive world behind the Algerian war for independence from France. And the further she delves into the war efforts, the more her faith is challenged. The people who surround her bring a whirlwind of transforming forces – a wise nun who knows more about the war and Gabriella’s past than she’s saying, a lost little girl who is carrying secret information, and a debonair man with unknown loyalties who pursues Gabriella.

When she discovers a long-hidden family secret, it leads to questions about trust, faith in action, and the power of forgiveness to move beyond the pain of the past.

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Ah. The danger. The drama. The thrill. Two Crosses was a fantastic read! – Dee, GoodReads 

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An interview in Christian Fiction Online Magazine, May 2012

Two Crosses review on Labor Not In Vain 

Interview on the blog Writing for Christ

Review on Pam Depoyan’s blog Apples of Gold

Historical Novel Society‘s review of Two Crosses 

On Susan Meissner‘s blog for a visit

Radio interview with Gate Beautiful

Heroine interview on Margaret Daley’s blog

Christian Library Journal review of “The Secrets of the Cross’ trilogy

Burton Book Review for Two Crosses and Two Testaments 

Nice Things People Say

One intriguing era in France’s history, one unforgettable cast of characters, and one of the best writers in CBA today all add up to one incredible read! In Two Crosses, Elizabeth Musser has achieved another literary triumph. – Ann Tatlock, award-winning author Promises to Keep 

A wonderful tale of love, sacrifice, war and courage, written in stunning detail. Elizabeth Musser is an amazing storyteller. – Susan Meissner, author of A Sound Among the Trees 

Elizabeth Musser reminder me of Francine Rivers. The characters are real, the drama is gripping, and the Spirit rises up from the grass roots of the story. You’ll love Two Crosses. – Creston Mapes, best-selling author of Nobody 

In a novel rich in historical detail, Elizabeth Musser spins an intriguing story of the lives and loves of young people caught up in the Algerian revolution to win independence from France in 1954-1962. It was a costly conflict, and we are invited to see it through the eyes of those living on both side of the Mediterranean. Christian convictions and patriotic loyalties are put to the test as God works His plans for individuals and nations. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. – Ruth Stewart, AWM missionary for forty years in Algeria and France.

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Two Testaments

The slightest spark will ignite an explosion. The tinderbox of broken political and racial relations in France and Algeria provides plenty of kindling. And the growing friction, especially in Algeria, will soon combust. A tentative ceasefire offers little to cool the heat.

And in the midst of the turmoil, Gabriella Madison guards the orphans in her care, while battling jealousy when Anne-Marie Duchemin, David’s former flame, arrives in Castelnau, France. As they protect the little ones in their care amid rising discomfort in the community with the multi-cultural orphanage, each wonders who David will choose.

Meanwhile, David is trapped in Algeria, caught in the turmoil of a country gone mad. He seeks a way to guard his life and, at the same time, protect the refugees he came to help. And escape seems impossible.

Unable to predict what lies ahead, Gabriella and David learn that in life, waiting is the hardest part.

The answers lie in two testaments.

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“Secrets of the Cross Trilogy” is a beautiful, sensitive series full of romance and intrigue. – Christian Library Journal

Tour

Interview on the blog Writing for Christ

Review on Pam Depoyan’s blog Apples of Gold

Historical Novel Society‘s review of Two Crosses 

On Susan Meissner‘s blog for a visit

Radio interview with Gate Beautiful

Heroine interview on Margaret Daley’s blog

Christian Library Journal review of “The Secrets of the Cross” trilogy

Burton Book Review for Two Crosses and Two Testaments 

Nice Things People Say

Two Testaments untangles the complicated history of Algeria’s war for independence from France. You feel as though you know the characters. The surprising twists in the story never stop. . . In this delightful story, the sounds, scents and scenery of France and Algeria come alive. – Margy Haines, former missionary

Two Testaments is a book with great content and, like the first volume, of exceptional quality. The writer keeps the reader fascinated. – Radio Goeree Lokaal, Netherlands

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Two Destinies

Forbidden Faith. Forbidden Love. A Family’s Rage.

When Rislene Namani meets Eric Hoffmann in 1994 France, the spark between them ignites a firestorm of trouble. An Algerian Muslim, her attraction to him, a Christian, is forbidden. Yet he captures her heart. More than that, his faith captures her soul, a faith she comes to embrace. And it stirs up a wasp’s nest of danger, mystery, and love that could cost her everything, even her life.

The risk is real, especially when Rislene’s staunchly Muslim family discovers her secret. Eric must save her from a forced marriage in Algeria. As the civil war in Algeria escalates in the midst of Ramadan, and poverty and social ills in France boil over, their lives become as tumultuous and uncertain as the world around them. Clinging to faith, they fight.

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“I’ve just finished reading Two Destinies, by Elizabeth Musser. I can tell you your heart will beat along with those of the characters’ as you are drawn into their lives and loves. – Rosie.

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Burton Book Review‘s thoughts on Two Destinies 

On Susan Meissner‘s blog for a visit

Radio interview with Gate Beautiful

Christian Library Journal review of “The Secrets of the Cross” trilogy.

Two Destinies was a finalist for a Christy Award, 2013, for excellence in Christian fiction.

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I came across these books quite by chance at a time when I wanted some fiction to make light relief from my diet of endless how-to books on church, discipleship and leadership. I never expected to review these books as so much of the Christian I’d read was not great. But this trilogy was a complete surprise, being both educational as well as having an engaging storyline. – Chloe 

Two Destinies is filled with danger, suspense, thrills and romance. Once again Ms. Musser has provided up a gripping adventure with plenty of action and memorable characters that you really care about. If you are looking for history, you will find it here. If you are looking for a really good romance, you will find it here. I liked this book and am really sorry that this series is over. The good news is there will be more stories from Ms. Musser that we can look forward to. – VicsMediaRoom

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The Swan House

Named one of Amazon’s top Christian books of 2001. 

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.

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A sweet read for ‘old Atlantans’ and a vivid picture of a young girl living through the history of Atlanta in the 1960’s for newcomers.  – Atlanta Magazine , Jan. 2002

Author’s Note

My inspiration for this novel came from my upbringing in an affluent neighborhood and the struggles I had as I tried to understand my faith in Christ within the context of wealth. I spent my life watching my mother prepare meals for the poor of Atlanta, working alongside a home missionary from the Southern Baptist church.

The stories I heard of God’s miracles in this place were used of the Lord to move me toward missions.

The Swan House starts out with a schoolgirl’s dare and eventually brings the black and white worlds of Atlanta together. In this book, I hope to challenge the reader to examine her prejudice and find where to pursue truth.

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Praise for The Swan House

“This is a beautifully executed story of a young girl coming of age in a year of grief, loss and discovery.  Highly recommended.”  Kristine Wilson, CBA Marketplace, August, 2001

“This beautiful story of a young girl coming of age in the midst of racial turmoil and personal tragedy in 1960s Atlanta convincingly describes how religious faith satisfies the girl’s deepest longings…This creative novel is highly descriptive but not overdone, brimming with touches of humor, factual Atlanta settings, historical incidents and well-developed characters.  A book that stands out in recent Christian fiction for its excellent writing and overall quality.” Publishers Weekly, June 2001 

“The Swan House is a sweet read for ‘old Atlantans’ and a vivid picture of a young girl living through the history of Atlanta in the 1960’s for newcomers.”  Atlanta Magazine, January 2002

“Musser’s tale poignantly confronts the stereotypes and taboos of 1962 from the perspective of a privileged teenager.  It is an excellent portrayal of the era from a unique point of view, evocatively written and nicely paced.” Church Libraries, Winter, 2002

“A rich novel, full of historical fact, full of multi-dimensional characters, full of emotion.” BookBrowser, Maureen O’Connor

“The author excels at depicting the civil rights struggle.” Marcia Matthews, The Historical Novels Review, February, 2002

“The Swan House is equal parts coming of age novel, mystery and Christian fiction. Elizabeth Musser has used facts to create a book full of reconciliation and hope.” Pam Kingsbury, Southern Scribe Review, March, 2002

“Ms. Musser has written a truly remarkable story about self-discovery, devotion, compassion and love, which is sure to touch your heart and emotions.” Thea Candee, The Romance Reader’s Connection, November 2001

“Elizabeth Musser’s elegantly narrated The Swan House takes its young white narrator from the genteel precincts of 1960s Buckhead to her nursemaid’s neighborhood on the other side of Atlanta.” Andy Crouch, Books & Culture, July/August 2002

Amazon Editors’ Choice: Top 15 Christian Books for 2001-Literature & Fiction

Book Sense/SEBA Bestseller List (top 15), February, April, May, June, July 2002 

Book Sense Extended Trade Paperback Bestseller Fiction List (top 50) for all USA, February, April, 2002

Rendezvous Magazine’s pick of the month (August, 2001)

Atlanta Magazine’s best novel about Atlanta for the year 2001

Consistently in the top 10 bestsellers at Atlanta’s Chapter 11 chain bookstores for 2001-2002  

Selected as one of the Top Ten Georgian authored Novels in the past 100 years, right behind Gone with the Wind.  (Georgia BACKROADS, Fall, 2009)

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Words Unspoken

Whose voice will she listen to?

Lissa Randall’s future was bright with academic promise until the tragic accident that took her mother’s life—and brought her own plans to a screeching halt. Eighteen months later, she still can’t get back behind the wheel. A casual recommendation to Ev McAllistair’s driving school sets in motion a cascade of events. . . until Lissa begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe, life isn’t as random as she’s thought.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lookout Mountain, TN, Words Unspoken weaves together a vibrant cast of characters whose intertwining stories of courage, choice, heartbreak, and hope will hold you captive until the final page.

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Have you ever been bothered by negative thoughts?

You know the ones. . . Those voices from the past that whisper you’re not good enoughYou’ll never succeed. You’re a failure. You need more, more, more to by happy? 

Many years I battled these anxieties in myself. Here, in the pages of Words Unspoken, I reveal my battle plan through a cast of characters.

A mysterious best-selling author who is determined to remain anonymous, a ‘rogue’ stockbroker, a timid teenager attempting to learn to drive again after a tragic accident has effectively put her life on hold and and her driving instructor with plenty of secrets.

Chapter by chapter you’ll travel to a girls’ school, a military park in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and to beautiful Lookout Mountain in the fall of 1987 where mystery and the effects of Black Monday are awaiting. Words Unspoken promises you the ride of your life.  Won’t you join me?  Hold on tight!

Musser magically gathers up all the loose ends and ties them neatly together in this tale of hope and overcoming tragedy. You won’t want to miss out on this one! – Romantic Times, April 2009

Tour

Robin Grant interviews me and shares a review on Dimensions: Art and Eternity.

My guest post “When I am Weak, I am Strong” is published on Lyn Cote’s blog Strong Women, Brave Stories.

An interview and review of my novels on Caffeine and Romance.

An interview with Susan Meissner, and one for ChristianBook.com.

A novel spotlight on Robin Lee Hatcher’s blog.

Lastly, a review on Novel Reviews.

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Searching for Eternity

It can take a lifetime to find what really matters. . . .

French-born Emile de Bonnery lands in the strange environment of 1960’s Atlanta with decidedly mixed emotions. Some memories make Emile want to believe the best of his father. Others cause him to fear the worst. Does his mother know more than she’s willing to tell?

Determined to learn the truth, Emile finds an ally and friend–who seems to be hiding secrets of her own. Together they search for answers…and what they find changes everything.

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Musser’s pen evokes an ambiance that wraps itself around the reader, drawing them deep into the story and the era. – Ane Mulligan

Author’s Note

The story for my novel, Searching for Eternity, sneaked up on me and tapped me on the shoulder as I discovered the city of Lyon and her history. Following his father’s dubious disappearance, adolescent Emile de Bonnery is forced to leave his native France for Atlanta, Georgia, never suspecting what awaits him in the South of 1964–culture shock, racism, and friendship with a strange girl named Eternity Jones.

He brings with him to America an odd collection of ‘treasures’ used by his father during the French Resistance. With the aid of these ‘treasures’, Emile and Eternity find themselves on a journey through abuse, betrayal and prejudice which will ultimately lead them into a spiritual quest for healing.

Spanning four decade, their journey unfolds like a spy story and its conclusion shows what happens in the midst of complex human relationships when an adolescent goes searching for eternity.

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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, “Dobb,” 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–a friendship that will be tested by jealously, betrayal, and family secrets. . .

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Author’s Note

When we moved my dear grandmother, Allene Massey Goldsmith, Washington Seminary, ’32, from her apartment to a full-care floor at Canterbury Court, my parents found Grandmom’s diaries from 1928-1932. I was, of course, eager to take a look.

The diaries sealed the fate of my next novel: I’d write about 1930’s Atlanta and specifically the life of two girls attending Washington Seminary during the Great Depression.

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

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

Tour

Review by Pam Depoyan on her blog, Apples of Gold.

Finding Hope Through Fiction interview.

World Magazine 2011 BOOK issue.

Review from Reviews of the Heart.

Artist Amy Crews’ painting titled “The Sweetest Thing.”

My guest blog on RT Reviews Inspirational Fiction page.

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The Dwelling Place

From the author of the acclaimed The Swan House.

Ellie, twenty-year-old daughter of Mary Swan and Robbie Bartholomew, knows all about dashed dreams and waiting. Because of a childhood accident that left her disfigured, Ellie has never been able to embrace the God of her parents.

Though Ellie doesn’t understand the significance of the place, nor the mystery that seems to surround it, she agrees to travel with her mother to a site in Scotland known as the Dwelling Place.

But when illness strikes, Ellie instead reluctantly moves back home to care for her mother. As she and her mother struggle to reconnect, Ellie begins to wonder why Mary Swan wanted to go to the Dwelling Place. Is there a dwelling place for Ellie as well? And does she have to travel halfway around the world to find it?

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Musser displays a rare gift for complex characterization and intricate plotting that starkly reveals flaws & beauties in human nature. – Romantic Times, April 2005 

Author’s Note

The Dwelling Place is the story of a daughter’s struggle to reconcile with her mother and find her place in a family in which he has never fit. Many characters from The Swan House reappear in this novel, which, although set in present day Atlanta, nonetheless takes the reader back into the world of the turbulent 60’s and specifically the events of 1968 in both America and France.

The novel examines the themes of brokenness and healing, faith, and forgiveness, surrender and sacrifice and gives an honest viewpoint of what the evangelical world looks like from the outside. 

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Praise for The Dwelling Place (c2005)

Book 2 in The Swan House Series

Every once in a while, a book comes along that impacts you from start to finish.  Musser displays a rare gift for complex characterization and intricate plotting that starkly reveals flaws as well as beauties in human nature. ~ Romantic Times, April 2005

A companion to The Swan House and a competent mother-daughter tale, this title may have cross- over appeal for readers of Anna Quindlen’s One True Thing. A native of Atlanta, Musser now lives in France. ~ Library Journal, April, 2005

In this enjoyable, somewhat complicated sequel to The Swan House, Musser continues the tragedy-scarred story of artist Mary Swan Middleton through the first-person narrative of her troubled daughter, Ellie. In a lovely piece of wisdom, Ellie muses, “Sometimes the breaking of things is cruel, and sometimes it is necessary, and sometimes it is just an accident.” This is the novel’s central message, and the faith themes that frame the story ensure that most of the “broken pieces” mend through redemption… Musser handles many symbolic moments well…Musser’s solid prose, careful historical details and themes of hope and forgiveness make this an attractive choice for faith fiction readers. ~ Publisher’s Weekly, April, 2005

The story is an examination of a mother-daughter relationship and how our perceptions of events change as we mature…. Ellie’s faith journey is realistic and heartwarming. The Dwelling Place is true-to-life and should appeal to readers. ~ Bookloons, April, 2005

This is one book that you cannot put down. ~ The Romance Readers Connection, April, 2005

The Dwelling Place (is) rich with historical details from the 1960s to the present. ~ Atlanta Intown, June 2005

Elizabeth Musser likes to say she has two part-time jobs. Not only is she an award-winning novelist, but she and her husband serve as missionaries at a small Protestant church in Lyon, France. In both lines of work, she avoids preaching and simplistic answers, choosing instead to portray a God who cares in the midst of life’s complexity.  That’s what Musser has done in her books, including her latest, The Dwelling Place (Bethany House, Apr.), which continues the story of Mary Swan Middleton, the main character of The Swan House (Bethany House, 2001), and her daughter. Both novels are set in Musser’s native Atlanta and are rich with historical details from the 1960s to the present.  ~ Publisher’s Weekly, Author Profile, April, 2005

The (Christian book) industry, (according to publisher Allen Arnold) is seeing “more and more storytellers writing high-quality novels with their Christian worldview intact”…  “It’s the blending of storytelling and craft that sets books like his apart,” (Bethany House’s Fiction Acquisition Editor David) Long said, including in Bethany’s stable of literary writers Lisa Sampson (Tiger Lillie, 2004), Jamie Langston Turner(No Dark Valley, 2004), Elizabeth Musser (The Dwelling Place, Apr.; see InProfile in this issue) and Athol Dickson…Says Long: “Literary authors spend more time on character development than on plot. In our industry especially, the interior lives of characters take time to develop; we sense that they are genuinely three-dimensional people. Books that give time to that development are the ones people are responding to. The characters are a little richer, a little fuller.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly, Great Aspirations, by Marcia Ford, April, 2005 

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Among the Fair Magnolias

The war is over, but Emily faces a battle in following her heart.

Emily Derracott loves her childhood friend Thomas McGinnis, but she cannot marry a man who doesn’t share her strong convictions about the freedmen. Besides, she harbors a secret love for someone else. But the prospect of becoming his wife is not only improbable–it is a completely impossible.

This novella is from the collection Among the Fair Magnolias about four Southern women–destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war–face near impossible choices on their journeys in life. . . and in love.

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Love Beyond Limits is a brilliant story that is exceptionally well written; it now tops my list of favorite reads! – Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times and CBA best-selling author

Nice Things People Say

“Deep characterization and plots characteristic of the South blend with sweet romances that will make readers hard pressed to put this book down.” – Marisa Deshaires, CBA Retailers

“You don’t have to be a fan of Southern fiction or historical fiction to appreciate and enjoy the fabulous storytelling in this collection. Each story is different and readers will ‘feel all the feels’ as they experience the challenges of these characters encounter.” – Romantic Times, 4 1/2 star review

“Four touching, well-crafted stories about following one’s heart will find favor with the authors’ fans and serve as a great introduction to theses writers for new readers.” – Library Journal

Among the Fair Magnolias will sweep you into the past, carrying you into the beauty and batters of the Old South. You will love, laugh, and lament as your heart is inspired to face life with courage and live it more fully.” – Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times and CBA bestselling author

“Passions simmer, romance blossoms, and history comes alive. The settings are so real you can almost smell the sweet scent of magnolias on every page. This all adds up to a winning combination that was truly a delight to read.” – Margaret Brownley, bestselling author

“The era of America’s Civil War has long been fertile ground for memorable stories, and here are four you’ll love. I found myself enchanted by these stories of strong women challenged by hard choices–and the ultimate triumph of love and faith.” – Ann Tatlock, award-winning author

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Waiting for Peter

A wounded boy, an abandoned mutt, a worried mother, and a God big enough to bring healing for them all.

Peter is a young teen who is emotionally and physically scarred following a tragic accident. Hoping to find a way to help Peter reconnect with his family, his mother, Lanie, agrees to let him adopt a dog from the Humane Society. So begins the relationship between Peter and hist neurotic mutt, Sunny.

Told from the alternating points of view of Sunny and Lanie, Waiting for Peter is the story of the healing power of love between a boy and his dog and an allegory of how we should all view our relationship with God, our Master.

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Deeply touching and beautifully written. Delightful and tender – Ann Gemmel 
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“I almost bubbered through the last pages of this story. I definitely had to stop several times to wipe away the tears, and I still have a knot in my throat as I write this review.

The heart-touching story is told from the dual points of view of Peter’s mom and Peter’s dog Sunny. The reader experiences that special bond between a human and his/her dog and also what it means to be a mother as she watches her child/children grow up and spread their wings, leaving her behind. And the elements of faith included are quite beautiful.” – Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling novelist

“From the moment I read the first paragraph of this book, I was hooked.” – Sarah, GoodReads