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The Historic Flood in THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET

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message 1: by Donna (last edited Jul 16, 2018 04:18AM) (new)

Donna Everhart (donnaeverhart) The Road to Bittersweet

In yesterday’s post on THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE, I presented two truths and one lie and asked for you to guess which one was a lie.
It appears this was challenging – so yay! I also had to laugh at the remarks some of you made, all of it funny and entertaining.

Here’s THE LIE:

I went skydiving and my parachute didn't open, but thank goodness the alternate did!

Honestly? You couldn’t PAY me to go skydiving! So, that means I ran a marathon on a broken leg, (not with a cast) and I found a poor soul who’d lost his life on the beach one late summer evening.

Thank you all for playing along!

For today’s post I wanted to talk about THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET and the historic flood that is the inciting incident at the beginning of the story. My idea for this book came after my husband and I hiked to a historic cabin located in Alleghany County, NC, near Laurel Springs. The cabin was inhabited by the Caudill family in the early 1900s. It’s pretty small, and I’d estimate it’s about one hundred and fifty square feet. It’s hard to imagine it was inhabited by eight people, the two parents, and six children. They left after the historic flood of 1916, but the cabin still stands today.

When I began the First Sentence Fridays on my blog for THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET, I wrote in detail about the hike to it for the Chapter 2 sentence of the week, and included are pictures of the cabin and the surrounding area.

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Beverly I love the First Sentence Fridays. What a great idea!


Dyana | 189 comments I know I wouldn't jump out of a plane. I don't know why I thought you might. LOL!


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Stella McKissack (stellamckissack) | 38 comments Oh my gosh, you did find a body!
The pictures of the cabin are beautiful, hard to believe it is still standing.


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Donna Everhart (donnaeverhart) Beverly wrote: "I love the First Sentence Fridays. What a great idea!"

Thank you, Beverly - this is my third year doing it - I started it with my debut, THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE. Everyone seems to really like it.


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Donna Everhart (donnaeverhart) Dyana wrote: "I know I wouldn't jump out of a plane. I don't know why I thought you might. LOL!"

NO kidding!!!


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Donna Everhart (donnaeverhart) Stella wrote: "Oh my gosh, you did find a body!
The pictures of the cabin are beautiful, hard to believe it is still standing."


I did, and it was horrifying and sad. I still send his mom cards at Christmas.

I loved visiting this cabin - and the area is still so remote. I want to go back, and I might.


Beverly How sad...and how compassionate of you to send his mom cards at holiday time.


message 9: by Donna (last edited Jul 18, 2018 02:46AM) (new)

Donna Everhart (donnaeverhart) Beverly wrote: "How sad...and how compassionate of you to send his mom cards at holiday time."

We hope to meet one day too - and although it's been 17 years since it happened.


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