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, "Dobbs," 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 jealousy, betrayal, and family secrets...
With her endearing characters and poignant storytelling, Atlanta native Elizabeth Musser vividly re-creates the charm of her beloved city amid the poverty and plenty that shaped the 1930s.
I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. The characters were so real and you felt as though you were right in there with them. There was a mystery aspect to it that I didn't click about until close to the end. You felt the pain and the suffering the two girls went through.
It also highlighted the importance of living on the right street to be socially accepted. I also learned a couple of things about "southern living" in the 30's. It also made a point of showing you that outside appearances can be very deceptive.
One question though I had for anyone who is familiar with the Southern States; was it or is it common for a double barrelled name, i.e Mary Dobbs, Mae Pearl? None were hyphenated but when people spoke to them in the book they called them by both names.
Stars out of 5: a 10!!! Okay I know it should be just a 5, a great book, with super characters and a book I would really recommend you read.....
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