The Road to Bittersweet

The Road to Bittersweet

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018
ISBN: 9781496709493
Branch Call Number: Fiction Eve
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 24, 2018

Good southern historical fiction that was right up my alley. A young protagonist, an outdoorsy setting and a survival theme are all things I enjoy in a book. Told from 14 yr old Wallis Ann's point of view as her family tries to recover from a devastating flood that destroys their home in 1940's North Carolina. I really liked the the strength and love of the Stamper family. The book pulled me in from the first page and didn't let go. Read it in a day.


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