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The Moonshiner's Daughter

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Set in North Carolina in 1960 and brimming with authenticity and grit, The Moonshiner's Daughter ev
Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Angela M
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
At the beginning of the story, there is a flashback to a startling, dramatic event, one that haunts sixteen year old Jessie Sasser, a troubled girl who doesn’t want to be known as a moonshiner’s daughter. She’s frustrated wanting to know more about her mother, looking for remanants, signs, maybe finger prints on a wall perhaps, with little recollection of her mother since she was just four when the accident happened. She doesn’t fit in at school or at home, not wanting to be part of the family m ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
North Carolina, 1959-61: Jessie Sasser, a teen girl, struggles to feel accepted by her family who runs an illicit moonshining business. For a number of reasons, young Jessie refuses to support her family's occupation moonshining. Unpopular, self-conscious, and motherless, she feels shame about her family’s reputation for moonshining and worthlessness about herself. But when harm comes her family’s way, Jessie feels she must decide between her family and her integrity. Will her family's legacy st ...more
Provocative, emotional, & compelling!

THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER by DONNA EVERHART is an engaging, fascinating, gritty, heart-wrenching, and soul-stirring southern historical fiction novel that was such a fabulous, compassionate, and heartfelt story. I was immediately sucked into the storyline and it gripped me right until the very end.

I absolutely love these types of gritty southern fiction tales and absolutely loved that this story was centered around moonshining. I’ve always had this fascinati
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 North Carolina stars! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Ok, so I happen to LOVE Donna Everhart. We are talking BIG love. She’s a North Carolina author who features North Carolina settings, and her books are filled with warmth and heart. Not only that, while I have loved every book, they only get better and better.

Set in Wilkes County, North Carolina, The Moonshiner’s Daughter is Jessie Sasser’s coming-of-age. Her family has lived in the Brushy Mountains for generations making moonshine.

Jessie, however, is no fan
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Donna Everhart has written a gritty and compelling southern fiction novel. Her clever and descriptive writing really brought this time and place to life. 1960 North Carolina Wilkes County an area known for its moonshine. 16-year-old Jesse has never felt as though she belongs. She does not fit in with her family, because she blames moonshine for the death of her mother. She also does not fit in with her classmates because she fears they see her as the moonshiner’s daughter. Jesse struggles with h ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It's 1960 and Jesse Sasser is a 16 year old teenager who doesn't fit in. Jesse's family has been running a moonshine business in the Brushy Mountains in North Carolina for years. When Jesse was 4, she witnessed an accident where her Mom was burnt alive after one of the moonshine stills exploded. And that's one of the reasons why Jesse doesn't approve of her family's illegal activities and is thinking of reporting her father and brother to the Revenue.

I've read Donna Everhart's novel The Forgivin
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Everhart's fourth book blew me away. She is a very talented author. Living in NC this made this book even more fun to read. Everhart has done her research and this book was such a fantastic read.
If you have never read a book by Everhart change that soon. She is an author to watch out for. New York Times is on her radar.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart

This is an amazing story set in North Carolina 1960, where a young woman is navigating the loss of her mother, and torn between the morality of her family’s legacy and the money they earn that puts food on their table. When she was only four years old, Jessie Sasser witnessed the death of her mother, burning alive from what she understands to be caused by their family’s Moonshine business. Her father refuses to talk about it.

Her father is convinced that mo
Coming of age + southern fiction = a new Donna Everhart book! I have read Donna Everhart's previous book and was thrilled to read The Moonshiner's Daughter. Jessie Sasser is the daughter of a moonshiner and witnessed her mother's death at the age of four. She is now 16 and dealing with a serious eating disorder, unpopularity and the fact that she wants more out of life than running 'shine. Donna Everhart is an auto-read author for me! The Moonshiner's Daughter would be a great book club pick! ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Have you ever tried Moonshine?

I have. I will never again. Imagine swallowing corn flavored gasoline while it's on fire. And it stays on fire. For hours after you swallow it.

What if ‘Shining' was your family legacy? It feeds your family and pays the bills. But what if it also is what killed your mother.

For 16 year old Jessie - she despises everything about the bootlegging her father does and although her family has been doing it for generations, she's determined to be no part of it. Even if that
Kathryn in FL
Donna Everhart writes a terrific southern novel. Moonshiner's Daughter takes place in the mountains of N. Carolina in the late 1950's, where moonshine is quite popular in the dry county. Jessie's family have been manufacturers of a popular, quality brand for several generations. They run their shine all over the county and they are harassed by the maker's an inferior brand, who want to have a monopoly in the area and will do just about anything to succeed. Jessie's father, Easton takes the high ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Donna Everhart has such a gift for giving voice to her characters. This about a teenage girl trying to find her place in the world.
1960s. Sixteen years old Jessie Sasser's family has been making and running moonshine in the hills of North Carolina for generations. Having witnessed her mother's death at the tender age of four, Jessie wants no part in the family business, much to the consternation of her father, uncle and younger brother. No one will talk to Jessie about her mother, leaving her wi
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Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. 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.

I liked this story and recommend it to lovers of Southern historical fiction. This would make for a great group or book club
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my 250th book for 2019... This was written with such grace... I fell in love with Jessie...would highly recommend this one! Thanks for giving me a chance to read, thank you for the giveaway!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
My husband and I used to watch a television show on the History Channel about modern day moonshiners, so when I saw this book, it immediately intrigued me. It is told from the POV of teenager, Jessie Sasser. When she was four, her mother was burned to death in a moonshine accident and she wants no part of the family business. Unfortunately circumstances change and she is pulled in, whether she wants to or not.

I loved this story. It is a southern historical fiction story, based on things that rea
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this is my first novel by Everhart, she has been on my radar for a long time and will definitely be a new favorite. At first, I was feeling so depressed reading this that I didn't know if I would like it. Her writing is so good that I could really feel for the main character and her outcast status at school, as well as her feeling that she was in a family that she couldn't really relate to because of their family business and how it had related to her mother's death. This is definitely ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessie Sasser hates what her father does. She hates that their name is associated with moonshine. She hates it all because it’s what killed her mother.

Jessie is determined to stop it all. The late night runs, the stills, the moonshine making. She just wants it to all go away and have her father, her brother, and herself live a normal life. First, she must determine how to stop her father from making the moonshine and make sure the Murry family falls to blame. The rivals of their family.

The Moons
Susan Peterson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I didn’t want to be known as the moonshiner’s daughter.” How does a young girl reconcile the hate she feels for her family’s business, which she blames for the death of her mother, with the knowledge that it’s the thing that puts food on their table, clothes on their backs—and is her family’s legacy? And what does she do when she realizes that she’s been wrong? Jessie Sasser is only 4 years old when she witnesses her mother’s death. Years later, when she is sixteen, she continues to abhor the f ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel is set in 1960 in N. Wilksboro, NC, the leading area for the making of moonshine in the south. The Sasser family was a major producer and distributor of moonshine during this time. The secrets for making good shine had been passed down from generation and the current family is made up of Easton, his daughter Jessie and son Merritt. Lydia, the wife and mother, had died in an accident while making moonshine twelve years earlier. This is Jessie's story.

Jessie really resonated with me as
Jessie Sasser was four years old when her Mama died, and she blames her Daddy, Easton, for it. The way she sees it, if her Daddy wasn't obsessed with making moonshine—just like all the Sassers that came before him—her Mama might still be alive. Instead, all she has left of her is the horrifying memory of seeing her engulfed in flames. Making moonshine is in her veins, or so Easton says, and her younger brother Merritt agrees... but they're both wrong. Jessie hates moonshine, and she's come up wi ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1960's North Carolina. Jessie Sasser's family has a long legacy of making and running moonshine on Shine Mountain. Seeing her mother die a horrific death when she was very young has Jessie dead set against the family business. It leaves her with many questions about her mother and a eating disorder. Running shine isn't easy, even with Sally Sue a rocket of a car. Mayhem,rivalry and the revenuers takes it's toll on this family leaving Jessie with a choice to make about her family legacy. I ...more
I have read all three of Donna Everhart’s previous novels and have loved them all. The dark themes and slower pace don’t scare me away; rather, her characters are always so gritty and compelling, I can’t tear myself away from them.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find that with The Moonshiner’s Daughter.

Sixteen-year old Jessie Sasser has been raised by her father since the age of four, when her mother was killed in what Jessie assumes was an accident at one of her father’s moonshine stills. Jessie wants
Eldonna Edwards
Donna Everhart doesn't just write great Southern Fiction, she creates layered characters with real problems that make for compelling stories to keep you turning the pages. In The Moonshiner's Daughter, the author chooses an era and setting rich with history and filled with folks who exhibit grit and gumption in the face of adversity. From the conflicted teenage protagonist Jessie Sasser to the mean-spirited bully Willie Murry to the salty but protective school nurse, Mrs. Brewer, the reader is d ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to win this ARC, that said go buy it or borrow it as soon as available. I highly reccommend it. Was a great book.
Set in North Carolina, early 60' s 16 y.o. Jessie Sasser is the main character. She grows up in a moonshine family. Her mother dies in a fire when she is 4 and her brother is two. Her memories of that day color her preception of the family business. Her father refuses to speak about her mama and what happened that day. As the story goes on and Jessie experiences more o
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I was really looking forward to what Donna Everhart would do after The Forgiving Kind. Wow! The prose is eloquent, easy to read, incredibly well researched, and believable. Ms. Everhart knows her subject matter in her heart and writes in a way to bring her own light to a difficult and complicated story. She truly has a gift for creating her characters and making the reader care about them. From the very first page, I was eager to spend time with Jessie and the rest of the Sasser family. They wer ...more
Reading Mama
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
What was the last book that surprised you? When I read the synopsis of this story, it immediately sounded like one I wanted to read. However, I still wasn't prepared for how much I would end up enjoying this story. The story is set in 1960's North Carolina, and Jessie Sasser is the daughter of a family who makes moonshine. Generations of her family have made moonshine, and Jessie hates that. She refuses to take part in it and even comes up with a plan to sabotage her family's way of life. As she ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
WOW! I'm an avid historical fiction reader, and I think I've found a book that's destined to be a Goodreads Historical Fiction Book of the Year. The Moonshiner's Daughter by Donna Everhart is outstanding!

For many years I lived in Wilkes County, NC, the setting of The Moonshiner's Daughter, and heard stories about bootlegging in the 1960's. Although the stories were interesting, none of them ever captured my attention the way this book did.

Jessie Sasser is a young girl when she witnesses the fi
Stephani Beltran
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my second book by this author, the first book called, The Forgiving Kind really spoke to me and really enjoyed it so when I was asked to review her upcoming title called The Moonshiner’s Daughter, I knew I just had to read this one. At 350 pages I read this book in 2 sittings due to being so captivated by the storyline, the beginning really captures you and pulls you in right away. This was a heartfelt storyline that takes place in North Carolina in the 1960s that was very memorable and ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Recommend!
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This could very well be the best book of the year! I could not put it down. The writing is so beautifully expressive. You are there experiencing and seeing it are at the stills, multiple fires, fights, moonshine runs, tears and happiness. A different type read and so factual you learn about another way of life. Can't say how much I loved this book! ...more
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Donna Everhart is a USA Today bestselling author who writes stories of family hardship and troubled times in a bygone south. Her debut, THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE was an IndieNext Pick, Business Insider's Pick, Library Journal Top Pick, and long listed for the Southern Book Prize. Her second novel, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick. She is the Sou ...more

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