The Moonshiner's Daughter

The Moonshiner's Daughter Review

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.

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  • Paige

    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 fam...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!

    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 su...

  • Nadia

    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...

  • Donna Everhart

    Hello readers,In a few weeks THE MOONSHINER'S DAUGHTER will populate the shelves of bookstores. I am eager to share this story of a young woman destined to follow her family's tradition, a bootlegging...

  • Tammy

    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 moonshin...

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    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 yo...

  • Susan

    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!...

  • Karen Kay

    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review. Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshini...

  • Nursebookie

    Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna EverhartThis 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 ...

  • Anna

    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 r...