The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart

The Road to Bittersweet

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...

Details The Road to Bittersweet

TitleThe Road to Bittersweet
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, 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...
  • Cheri
    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 certainly holds true ...
  • 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
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Peta Benjamin
    Wallis Ann Stamper is just an ordinary girl. She lives at Stampers Creek with her Momma, Papa, Sister Laci and little brother Seph, money was tight but they had everything they wanted. They lived a peaceful life until the day the Creek broke it's banks and they were swept away in their car.Wallis Ann's Momma relies a lot on her, Laci was born mute and little Seph is only three so much of the outside work helping her Papa is left to Wallis Ann alo...
  • Bittan Handford
    It’s been a few days since I finished this book but wanted to digest it before writing a review.First off, a big thank you to Donna Everhart for having a giveaway that I was lucky to win.This is not a book I would normally pick up and I was excited to meet a new author.What was most amazing about this book was the way it’s written. The words and how they are spelled makes me “hear” the accent and the expressions the way they would have be...
  • Ethel
    Set in the Appalachian Mountains in 1940, we find the Stamper family. Times are hard, but soon enough they will be even more difficult. Wallis Ann Stamper, 14 years old, takes full responsibility of her older sister Laci who was born mute and is what the doctor called a "savant." Not able to express herself verbally, she does so through music, having the ability to listen to a song or piece of music and then playing it on her fiddle, or whatever ...
  • Karen Trosterud
    I adored this book!! My heart hurt for what this family went through.. these characters will stay with me for a long time!!