ABOUT THE BOOK (433 pages):
Searching for Eternity A youth yanked out of the only life he's known to live on the other side of the Atlantic with a grandmother he's never seen before....
A mother who shrugs off her son's anguish with breezy assurances like, "You'll love America, Emile."...
A father's sudden disappearance from his son's life with no explanation or even a good-bye....
French-born Emile de Bonnery lands in the strange environment of 1960s 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.
Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls 'entertainment with a soul.' Elizabeth attended The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she majored in French and English literature, graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
|Deana Dick||Diane Higgins|
|Diane Beason||Kathy Sparks|
|Victoria Brinius||Meagan Myhren Bennett|
|Rachael Merritt||Britney Adams|
|Kimberly Napier||Lori Parrish|
|Joan Boxell||Mary Hake|
|Amy C||Anne Rightler|
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Bonjour, dear Readers!
Just to let you know that I will be sending out your copies of 'Searching for Eternity' tomorrow. My husband and I just flew into Atlanta from Lyon, France last night. You'll find a lot of fun things and secrets about Lyon in the novel as well as about Atlanta. So excited for you to discover my novel. Blessings on you all and I'm here if you want to ask questions!
Thank you so much, Amy, for your enthusiastic review of 'Searching for Eternity'! I do hope you'll be able to enjoy some of my other novels. And I especially thank you for taking the time to encourage authors like me through your participation in TBCN's Book Club.
Thank you for your thoughtful review of 'Searching for Eternity'. You did a great job of mentioning the themes and issues without giving too much away. You really encouraged me!
I have written 10 novels (2 will be published next year) and you can find out about each one on my website: www.elizabethmusser.com. All of my novels have quite a bit of recent history in them. My Secrets of the Cross trilogy is about Algeria's War for Independence from France (1957-1962), several of my novels take place in Atlanta during the early 60s (The Swan House and The Dwelling Place-its sequel), and The Sweetest Thing is about 1930s Atlanta and the Depression.
I have recently read Kristen Hannah's excellent novel, 'The Nightengale', which is about the women's roles during the French Resistance. It is beautifully written, not from a Christian perspective, and there are some hard scenes. But it is very informative and a great story.
Blessings and I thank you for encouraging me and other writers through your participation in TBCN's Book Club,
Thank you so much for your honest review of 'Searching for Eternity'. I really appreciated your description of the novel, and you are perfectly right--it isn't an easy read. Once, I was speaking to a book club and all the members had really enjoyed SFE (as I call it), but one said, "It was just too heavy for me. I read it, but I needed some fluff after that!"
I tend to choose rather heavy and sometimes controversial themes--mainly because these are the things the Lord is speaking to me about and with which I wrestle.
Glad you thought my young male POV was believable. I have two sons and Chris (to whom SFE is dedicated) looks a lot like Emile on the cover! (I have no say in the cover, so that was very 'coincidental'). Both of our sons were raised in France and came back to the US for college, so I had very good examples on which to base Emile.
Thanks again for your review and for encouraging authors through your participation in TBCN's Book Club.
Searching for Eternity is the first book by Elizabeth Musser that I’ve read and I LOVED it. I’ve added her to my list of favorite authors for sure. I started reading it while I waited for my car to get fixed. When the service guy came out and offered me a loaner car since it was taking longer than expected, I declined….I was so engrossed in this book.
In a nutshell, the story follows Emile de Bonnery. He’s a young teen in 1964 living in France when his father disappears. He and his mother are forced to leave the only home he’s known to live with a grandmother he’s never seen before in Atlanta, Georgia. He faces culture shock, bullies, and prejudice, but also meets Eternity Jones, a young woman dealing with her own hurts and dysfunction. Over the next four decades, he searches for his father…not knowing if his father left with another woman, if he’s dead, or is a spy in hiding.
The book is wonderfully written; the author has a wonderful way with words. The characters were well developed and REAL. She took me to Atlanta in the 1960s and to Lyon, France during World War II during the French Resistance. I felt like I knew these people and these places, and it was hard to let them go.
This book would fit in the Christian fiction category with some mystery, intrigue, forgiveness, and a little romance. I highly recommend it.
I received a free book from The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for an unbiased review.
Merci and thank you for your thoughtful review of 'Searching for Eternity'. I am so glad you enjoyed it and loved your story about turning down a loaner car because you were engrossed in the story. That is music to an author's ears.
Living in Lyon, I found so much to inspire me as I researched and wrote SFE (as I call it). And I'm from Atlanta and grew up in the 60s so there was lots of inspiration there too. The house that Emile's grandmother lives in is actually the house that my dear, dear grandmother lived in. And my husband and I raised our two sons in France but they returned to the States for college. I had a lot of real life situations upon which to base Emile's reactions to life in the US.
If you'd like to find out more about our ministry in Lyon and beyond, you can read our updates on my website under the 'ministry' button. www.elizabethmusser.com
Thanks so much for encouraging me and other authors through participating in TBCN's Book Club.