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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 strength - and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.

©2020 Donna Everhart (P)2019 Tantor

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Story with potential, fell short.

I wanted to like this story. The story line had great potential, but it focused too much on her eating disorder, used entirely too many cuss words and seemed to end too suddenly. Was not worth sending my credit on... disappointed.

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Excellent Story!

Excellent story about the Between what we perceive and what is reality. I would highly recommend this for any age group.

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Kept my attention and I wanted more

I liked the story and the narrator. I was compelled to keep listening. It gives examples of what may happen if families keep secrets or don’t talk with each other about their family history. Not knowing makes a mind “create” its own story. Children deserve questions answered and the truth. Parents must know or at least be interested in their children’s issues. Pay attention. It matters. Loved the example of a person from school seeing a problem and extending a hand. Great example of relatives that are no so helpful and feeling entitled. The ending was abrupt. More meaningful writing is needed to wrap the story up.

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Outstanding

Loved how Jesse came to understand and love her daddy. How she took responsibility for her and her brother. How she was at peace when she died.

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Great Book

Loved the book. Kept my attention the whole time. Easy read or book to listen to.

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Slow and poorly narrated

This book was recommended to me as a good read. I am only 7 chapters in and am completely bored by how many times we circle the same still and mountain roads. The narrator does nothing for the story. The poor syntax and timing, and destroyed inflection or meaning just degrades the listening experience. I will not be finishing this book.

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A young girl comes of age in a moonshiner's family

Excellent story of a girl growing up in an Appalachian moonshine family and coming to grips with tragedy and the clan wars of the mountain underworld. Full of the color of Appalachian culture. An excellent read.

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I loved it

I stayed up all night listening to this book. It was an easy, but still exciting ride. The narrator was great and reminds me of the comforting voice of Jenna Lamia. Very worth my credit!

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The story will stay with you

Adults and teens will enjoy this book, as well as history buffs. The story provides great insight into the minds of the families associated with moonshining, and the culture of that the and place.

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on the edge of my seat

loved it, I gasp, shrieked, laughed and yes, cried. As a moonshiners granddaughter, I felt close to my roots.