Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Novels With Nell - The Swan House

Anyone else feel like this week is dragging? I guess in some ways that is good since I have two finals and that makes it feel like I have more time to prepare but I am in disbelief that it is only Wednesday. With it being Wednesday and an every (or other depending on how you want to look at it) Nell is back with another book recommendation for y'all. I just finished my most recent book and need to get another one to read (hopefully) by the pool this weekend so I'll more than likely be scrolling through the "book recommendation" label to see which of her suggestions I should take! Although, when I told Nell that I had heard of today's suggestion she responded with "Oh Cool! Another one you can add to your list of my recommendations you'll never read." Looks like I've got some work to do!

By Elizabeth Musser

I read this book in high school per the recommendation of my sophomore English teacher (s/o to Mrs. White!) and loved it! It has two of my favorite elements in a book: a Southern setting and a setting with historical significance. The Swan House is a historical home that you can tour in Atlanta. And the tragedy mentioned below was a true event. This coming-of-age story explores race relations in 1960s Atlanta, the pains of growing up and learning about the injustices of the world, and the burden of grief. It is considered a work of Christian fiction as well, which I know may not be for everyone. Since it’s been at least 5 years since I’ve read The Swan House, I can’t remember too many specifics, but I do remember how much I (and my mom, who read it after I did) enjoyed it! Have any of y’all read this or been to the real 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 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.”
Fun fact, I think my mom has been to the Swan House in Atlanta and she may have even read this book! I know that doesn't get me off the hook for taking Nell up on her recommendations but it was worth a try!

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