I’m so excited to share the cover for my second novel titled THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET, a coming of age story set in 1940 in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains and hill country of South Carolina. Honestly, there is so much to love about this cover the talented art department at Kensington Publishing created. One of the first things I noticed were the contrasting elements, which are perfect for the story. The bare feet and delicate wildflowers depict my young protagonist’s simple way of life, a sensible, down to earth existence, while, on the other hand, the weathered, rough-hewn floorboards hint at her environment, which is rugged, windswept and sometimes harsh. I also love the white dress, because it reflects her youth and innocence juxtaposed against the aged porch boards, lending the impression of endurance, durability and maturity—all very symbolic and relative to my character’s journey.
A new cover is an especially thrilling part of the publication process for authors, and I’m over the moon with this one. I hope my readers are too. THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET by Donna Everhart will be published December 26, 2017. Pre-order your copy here. – Donna Everhart
ABOUT THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET:
Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, The Road to Bittersweet is a beautifully written, evocative account of a young woman reckoning not just with the unforgiving landscape, but with the rocky emotional terrain that leads from innocence to wisdom.
For 14-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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donna Everhart is the USA Today bestselling author of The Education of Dixie Dupree and The Road to Bittersweet. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. For several years she worked for high tech companies, specializing in project management and product introduction. She lives in Dunn, North Carolina, with her husband, and a tiny, heart-stealing Yorkshire terrier named Mister. Readers can visit her website to learn more.
The Road to Bittersweet cover by Kensington Publishing; Donna Everhart photo by Gina Warren Photography.