A blog reader recommended a book to me, The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart. I tried to find it via my online library but they didn’t have it…ugh. I went to Audible to see if they had it and they did. Now the debate…did I think it was good enough to use up one of my credits on? Hmm. I decided to trust the blog reader and purchased the audiobook.
The book opens wonderfully. It immediately had my attention. Those kinds of books always make me a little bit nervous. Can they keep the momentum and keep me interested? With this book, the answer was yes.
My all-time favorite books are coming-of-age stories. I love being the adult reader while the characters in the book don’t always realize what I’m guessing is going to come next. That was very true in this book.
Oddly I also like books about hard-scrabble lives. So often they remind me to appreciate what I have because I could easily have much less or what I have could quickly be taken away with no notice.
Here is what Amazon had to say about the book:
“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.“
Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars. I’m going to agree. Anytime I read a book and think about it for a few days after I know it was a good book. If you’re interested in this book, you can find it HERE.
I’ve read three other books from this author. I enjoyed all of them. Here are the links for the reviews I wrote about them.
A little FYI for you. If you are a Kindle user or have the Kindle app, most of these books are free as of me writing this post. You can find them HERE.
While writing this review, I discovered she also has a book available for a pre-order book called When the Jasmine Grows. You can find it HERE.
Sadly they don’t have pre-orders for audiobook format so I didn’t order it. Once it is available via audiobook format, I will purchase it. I did find the book, The Saints of Swallow Hill by her in my online library and put that one on hold.