Reviewer: Serena Soape
Date of Release: December 31, 2019
Set in North Carolina in 1960 and brimming with authenticity and grit, The Moonshiner’s Daughter evokes the singular life of sixteen-year-old Jessie Sasser, a young woman determined to escape her family’s past . . .
Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.
Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth–one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.
Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs old and new, Jessie’s loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths–and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.
“The Moonshiner’s Daughter” grabbed me from the very beginning and did not let go.
The characters were interesting and well written.
There were a few surprises in the story that caught me off guard. The end had me gaping open-mouthed….. literally !!!!!
Historical Fiction is not my typical genre, but I have to say I’m glad I took this book for a whirl!
I definitely recommend this book by Donna Everhart! Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for fair and honest review.