The Road to Bittersweet

The Road to Bittersweet Review

PUBLISHERS LUNCH BUZZ BOOK, Winter 2017/2018
SIBA Trio 2018 Selection
SIBA OKRA PICK Winter 2018
First Pick for SOUTHERN LADY Book Club

Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, The Road to Bittersweet is a beautifully written, evocative account of a young woman reckoning not just with the unforgiving landscape, but with the rocky emotional terrain that leads from innocence to wisdom.

For fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper and her family, life in the Appalachian Mountains is simple and satisfying, though not for the tenderhearted. While her older sister, Laci—a mute, musically gifted savant—is constantly watched over and protected, Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name. When the Tuckasegee River bursts its banks, forcing them to flee in the middle of the night, those qualities save her life. But though her family is eventually reunited, the tragedy opens Wallis Ann’s eyes to a world beyond the creek that’s borne their name for generations.

Carrying what’s left of their possessions, the Stampers begin another perilous journey from their ruined home to the hill country of South Carolina. Wallis Ann’s blossoming friendship with Clayton, a high diving performer for a traveling show, sparks a new opportunity, and the family joins as a singing group. But Clayton’s attention to Laci drives a wedge between the two sisters. As jealousy and betrayal threaten to accomplish what hardship never could—divide the family for good—Wallis Ann makes a decision that will transform them all in unforeseeable ways…

Title:The Road to Bittersweet
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Angela M

    You could call this a coming of age novel and I would agree, but it's not a typical coming of age story. You could say that the ending is a little too pat, maybe even a little too predictable and I co...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 southern fiction stars to The Road to Bittersweet I enjoyed my time spent with Wallis Ann Stamper and her family. Set in the 1940s in both North and South Carolina, there was a flood in the Stampers...

  • Cheri

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!A picture of a casually sweet, demurely seated young girl in a crisp, white sundress adorns the cover, her legs crossed at her ankles, her feet bare and almost tucked into the gras...

  • RoseMary Achey

    Actual Image of the Destruction After the Flood of 1940 In Jackson County North CarolinaDonna Everharts new novel set in the mountains of Western North Carolina was pulled directly from the history pa...

  • Judy

    A riveting piece of southern historical fiction! I love stories of Appalachia and the south in general. This is a story of hardship and survival through the eyes of Wallis Stamper. This is somewhat of...

  • Deanne Patterson

    A coming of age tender story of life in the Carolina's in the 1940's told through the eyes of Wallis Stamper. This southern historical fiction is an accurate description of Appalachian life and the wa...

  • Deborah Blanchard

    "It takes courage to find your way" This is true throughout this book. This story takes place in the 1940's in the Appalachian Mountains. The Stampers live on the river and lead a simple life, until a...

  • Judy Collins

    Donna Everhart takes readers to Stampers Creek, 1940 North Carolina along the Tuckasegee River with the Stampers family. THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET —a gritty Southern tale of despair, family, and hope....

  • Betty

    After reading The Education of Dixie Dupree, I knew I'd be reading Donna Everhart's next novel, but I didn't expect to have the pleasure of reading her second book this year. (I'm an Outlander fan, so...

  • Sue

    "...it was like all we'd been doing was traveling down a road towards this bittersweet ending. Nothing could change what we'd been through." These are thoughts from Wallis Ann Stamper, the 14 year old...