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Donna Everhart Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Education of Dixie Dupree (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road to Bittersweet (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Donna Everhart was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. For many years, Donna Everhart has worked for various high tech companies, where she specialized in the fields of product introduction and project management. Upon joining the University, Donna Everhart majored in Business Management. Currently, Donna Everhart resides with her husband in Dunn, North Carolina.

Donna Everhart Best Books
The Education of Dixie-Duprie
The year is 1968, and author Donna Everhart introduces the readers to Dixie Duprie. Despite the fact that she is only 11 years old, Dixie Duprie is already a professional liar. Many of the lies that Dixie normally tells are for her mother, who apparently has a short temper. Her mother’s short temper eventually results in violence. Dixie also tells the lies with the aim of making her mother angry. Evie, Dixie’s mother, is more than determined to leave her unsuccessful marriage. Evie looks forward to returning to her first home, in New Hampshire. Nonetheless, for Dixie and her younger brother, Alabama is their home, a place of languid afternoons and pine-scented breeze. Despite the fact that Dixie is coming to the realization, that the family that she had initially believed was perfect, was full of fractures that were deeply hidden. Furthermore, Dixie’s imagination was not able to decipher the events that were to unfold later on.

Each time her parents fight, Dixie decides to record everything in her dairy. Furthermore, she takes note of each timer her father comes home drunk, the sudden arrival of Uncle Ray and her father’s sudden departure. It comes to a point when Dixie was in desperate need of help. She realizes the amount of damage that her lies had done. Despite The Education of Dixie Duprie being a heavy story, it is still filled with hope, love, and kindness many at times from unexpected sources. Written in a deceptively simple prose, The Education of Dixie-Duprie is a narrative that the readers are not going to forget anytime soon. A brilliantly written narrative, author Donna Everhart has covered a wide range of issues including rape, suicide, physical abuse, and depression.

Through the protagonist’s voice, the readers get a clear portrait of all the significant characters in The Education of Dixie-Duprie. Some of the most important characters include, Uncle Ray, her unsettling charismatic uncle and AJ her older brother. Nonetheless, the relationship between Dixie Duprie and her mother is more than fascinating. The arc of their relationship moves from hatred, to eventually finding a common ground during the darkest times. Author, Donna Everhart has shown a strong talent for voice. Despite the fact that Dixie is only 11 years old, she is not only smart but also precocious, stubborn and a smart aleck at times. Unlike many young narrators who are precious, Dixie is the kind of child who will not think twice before throwing dirt on a person’s face. Nonetheless, Dixie-Duprie is not only vulnerable but also heartbreaking, thereby giving her character an astonishing amount of depth.

With that said, The Education of Dixie Duprie is not only clear, but it is also a vivid portrait of all the characters. The narrative itself is compelling and fast-paced. Nonetheless, the readers should be aware that there are numerous graphic depictions of sexual assault, thereby making the narrative a little bit difficult to read at times. Author Donna Everhart has penned the novel in a flowing and also a deceptively simple prose, one that the readers are not going to forget easily anytime soon. The Education of Dixie-Duprie tackles various important issues and topics such as physical abuse, suicide, rape, depression and several others. Gimpel has tackled several key societal issues that many authors, would have simply avoided. Furthermore, considering many of the characters in the Education of Dixie-Duprie have gone through a lot, many of the characters are severely broken. The sad part is that many of the broken characters are very innocent.

Narrated through Dixie Duprie’s voice, there are enough charm and goodness to ensure that there is a balance in this highly emotional narrative.

The Road-to-Bittersweet
The Road-to-Bittersweet is a narrative that revolves around the Stamper family. The protagonist in the Road-to-Bittersweet is Wallis Anna a fourteen-year-old girl who resides with her family in Stamper’s Creek. Ann together with Seph her younger brother, Lucia, her younger sister and her parents are forced to run away from their home after a hurricane stroke in their city. The hurricane brought with it torrential rains, which eventually resulted in the flooding of river Tuckasegee. While Anna’s family was running away, the waters all of a sudden swept their truck away. Anna’s family eventually managed to retreat towards the back of the truck. However, Ann Willis and three other members of the family are forced out of the truck when it hits something on the water.

It does not take long before Anne’s family reunites. The family gathers one once again at a place where their family house used to be. Despite the fact that that Anna’s family lost everything in flood, they still have one another. With few resources, Anna’s family commence their fight for survival. Nonetheless, tragedy strikes again for the second time. The family decides to abandon their home and then travel from one town to another and generate a few bucks through singing. As Anna’s family was on the brink of starvation, Anna meets with Clayton, a few meters from one of the campsites where they used to visit. Anna and Clayton eventually become friends, and for the first time, Clayton has her first shot at early love. Clayton eventually manages to get them a job where the family is allowed to be a part of a traveling circus.

With that said, The Road-to Bittersweet is a story about the various challenges that a family faces. All the characters in the Road to Bittersweet are all-round and realistic. Just like The Education of Dixie-Duprie, author Donna Everhart addresses key societal issues. Anna and Clayton are very likable characters, and the readers can easily relate to them. Due to the fact that Donna Everhart has only two novels under her name, she shows promise and readers should expect more from this highly entertaining and gifted author.

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