The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart

The Road to Bittersweet

PUBLISHERS LUNCH BUZZ BOOK, Winter 2017/2018SIBA Trio 2018 SelectionSIBA OKRA PICK Winter 2018First Pick for SOUTHERN LADY Book ClubSet 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 Appal...

Details The Road to Bittersweet

TitleThe Road to Bittersweet
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, American, Southern, Young Adult, Coming Of Age

Reviews The Road to Bittersweet

  • 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 could agree with that . For me though, the important thing about this story is that I found it to be an excellent work of historical fiction. It's 1940 in North Carolina, and the dam of the Tuckasegee river has broken with the torrential rains. Fourtee...
  • 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’ small mountain community at the start of the book that left me riveted. Wallis Ann went on quite an adventure finding her way home. Wallis Ann’s parents reminded me a bit of the Ingalls parents from Little House, through their patience and kind...
  • 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 grass beneath, delicately holding something between her hands which seems to be almost imperceptibly, the bare old wood porch lending an air of hardship to their humble home. Off to the side are the words: ”It takes courage to find your way…”That ce...
  • 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 a coming of age story as well. I loved the author's writing style which puts you in the setting and nailed the language of Appalachia.Wallis Stamper and her family were caught in the flood of the Tuckasegee river near Cashiers, North Carolina in 194...
  • 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 hurricane destroys their home as the flood waters rise. They are forced to leave. This is their story as told by Wallis Ann, the middle child, age 14. I found this to be a true coming of age novel, filled with feeling and teaming with emotion. Walli...
  • 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. A perfect and fitting title for this coming-of-age journey through life's ups and downs from childhood to womanhood. "It takes courage to find your way." In the Appalachian mountains, near Cashiers, NC, we meet Wallis Ann. Fourteen-years-old and w...
  • 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 I'm accustomed to waiting four years-ish for a new novel from an author I love.) Needless to say, I was thrilled to see THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET listed on Edelweiss, and requested it immediately.Set in 1940s Appalachia, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET is the...
  • Sue
    " 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 main character in The Road to Bittersweet. And what a road she and her family had been down. Living in a rural area in the Appalachian mountains in 1940 with her parents, sister Lacy and baby brother, they lived a hard scrabble life but always had f...
  • Linda Zagon
    IMG_1660My Review of “The Road to Bittersweet” by Donna EverhartWOW! Kudos to Donna Earhart, Author of “The Road to Bittersweet” for such an incredible, heartwarming and emotional journey. It was really difficult for me to put “The Road to Bittersweet” down, because I just had to see what happened. I love the author’s description and sounds and scenery of nature, the land, the water, and both the beauty and devastation that can occu...
  • Annie ~ The Misstery
    What a beautiful book. RTC
  • Christine Moore
    The Road to Bittersweet is about Wallis Ann Stamper and her family living in the mountains of North Carolina. A flood rolls through the town and they escape their home with the clothes on their backs. It is a beautifully written book about family, love, and hope. The descriptions in the book make you feel like you are part of the story. You can picture everything the author writes. I read this book in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. I love...
  • Edee
    I first fell in love with Donna Everhart's writing when I read The Education of Dixie Dupree. She develops such beautifully written characters that you become so invested in their lives and journeys. The Road to Bittersweet is a story of survival and resilience like none other, all told through the eyes of 14 year old Wallis Ann Stamper. Wallis Ann's family is awakened in the middle of the night to the rushing flood waters of the Tuckasegee River...
  • 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 pages. The Great Flood of 1940 roared through Jackson County and in The Road To Bitterweet we learn the fate of a proud and self-sufficient Appalachian family when their meager possessions are lost in the flood. The Flood destroyed every bridge in the ...
  • Susan Peterson
    The Road to Bittersweet captivated me from the very first line, a beautiful story written with beautiful, authentic prose evocative of the Appalachian Mountains where the story takes place; filled with images so clear that I could hear the rush of the water, I could feel the gnawing hunger in my own stomach, and mostly I could empathize with all of the emotions churning inside the characters....especially Wallis Ann. Wallis Ann and her family eke...
  • Candace
    4.5I loved this novel because it broke my latest Restless Reader Syndrome (picking books up, putting them down after a few chapters, getting piles of stuff from the library and returning them all the next day, uninterested . . . you probably know the jive.) But I was captivated by "The Road to Bittersweet" right from the start and was engaged to the very end.The Stampers are mountain people who lose everything in a catastrophic flood. It's 1940, ...
  • Eldonna Edwards
    As a huge fan of Donna Everhart's debut, THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE, I was thrilled to receive an ARC of THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET. I'm a sucker for coming-of-age stories set in the south. Needless to say, I adored this one as well. The immersion into time and place, the hardship, the resilience, the loss/grief/acceptance, all of it. Her characters are so well-drawn that you feel as though you're watching them from a broke-down porch step somewh...
  • Gaele
    Wallis Ann is fourteen years old as the book opens on her birthday: the middle child of a family of five living in the mountains and eking out an existence with a horse and mule, a small cabin and plenty of love. Her birthday begins like most other days - but heavy rains have everyone on edge as the creek and rivers are rising – and the fear of flooding is still apparent. Her family, the Stampers, have managed to gain some notoriety for their s...
  • EMGoldsmith
    I was lucky enough to score an ARC of Donna Everhart’s The Road to Bittersweet. I absolutely loved her debut book, The Education of Dixie Dupree so I was very excited to get her latest book.The Road to Bittersweet follows the Stamper family through trials and tribulations as a flood destroys their home in the foothills of South Carolina. Woven into this tale of tragedy and redemption is a lovely story between two sisters, Wallis and Laci. Young...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Thank you to Kensington Publishing for providing me with an ARC. The opinions provided are solely mine. The Road to Bittersweet begins with Stamper family in Stampers Creek, North Carolina, fleeing their home due to a hurricane and flood waters destroying everything they have. This story brings to light hardships, family loyalty, loss, rebuilding lives and coming of age. Donna did an amazing job tying this story together in a fashion that kept me...
  • Bren McClain
    I heard the late writer William Price Fox tell us baby writers one time, "To tell a great story, you've got to get a voice going." He'd sit with his eyes closed and have us read aloud our stories to him. When someone had a "voice going," a smile would explode across his face. I'm telling you -- Fox would explode with a smile over Donna Everhart's"The Road to Bittersweet." Her narrator, fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper, is a matter-of-fact-tak...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Wallis Ann is 14. She works hard helping her parents. Taking care of her baby brother. And taking care of her older sister Laci, who can not talk and they do not even know how much she understands. But she is a wonder with music.All is well until the storm and everything changes. Life gets hard and to survive they leave. Wallis Ann is always the cheerful one, poor kid, she tries so hard to please everyone and never thinks about herself.But she is...
  • Becky
    Surprisingly good......interesting story line....Hard life to live....plumb tuckered me out!
  • Heather Mulvihill
    I received this book in response for a good review. This book has had me on my toes since I started it. Wallis Ann has become my favorite character so far. This book has definitely changed my way of thinking about some things
  • Polly Krize
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Wallis Ann Stamper is such a practical girl she makes a special heroine in this well written novel set in the Appalachians. When their homestead is flooded out, Wallis Ann and her family must gather up whatever they can and try to find a safe place to live. Eventually joining a traveling circus, Wallis Ann learns there is more to life. Engaging and an excellent read.
  • Stephanie
    I can honestly say that The Road to Bittersweet is one of my favorite books of 2017, which I did not expect when I picked up this poignant, gem of a book. Donna Everhart is another new to me author this year but after reading The Road to Bittersweet, which is her 2nd book, I've already bought her first novel, The Education of Dixie Dupree as a Christmas gift for myself and am very excited to read more of her books.Even though I was drawn to read ...
  • Jeannine Mallory
    In an enthralling second book, Donna Everhart brings us the never-dull story of a rural, Southern family struggling to accept and adapt to life after tragedy, as seen through the eyes of fourteen-year Wallis Ann Stamper. The Road to Bittersweet, is a sweeping story that takes you along with the Stampers as they try to rebuild their lives after a devastating flood takes their home, and so much more. And even though the story centers on one family...
  • Linda
    First of all I have to thank NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for the honor of reading such a good book.This story takes place in North Carolina in 1940s. If you was faced with tragedy after tragedy what would you do. Give up? Fight? Fall apart? Hope you and your family would somehow make it? Get out and do something? The Stampers were a happy family living in a log cabin in the Appalachians. They loved each other and took care of their own. T...
  • Colleen
    Life for 14-year old Wallis Ann Stamper isn’t easy, but it’s simple and happy. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains with her parents, her younger brother, and her older sister Laci, who is mute and is a musically gifted savant. During the big flood of 1940 they must flee for their lives in the middle of the night, and they become separated during the escape. Wallis Ann’s mental and physical strength pull her through and she finds her way ...
  • Camille
    I don't think this cover does the book any justice. It makes it look like a sweet little story. It's not. It's heartbreaking. I hardly ever cry when I read, which I always found funny as I'm an absolute cry-baby when I watch a film. I didn't cry once with I read The Road to Bittersweet, I cried three times. Three! It was that sad.The historical setting was really interesting to me. I'd never heard of that flood, and it sounds like it was absolute...
  • Jamie
    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 could agree with that . For me though, the important thing about this story is that I found it to be an excellent work of historical fiction. This is a fantastic work of historical fiction. Wallis Ann and her family go to bed on a night in 1940, and it...