What can be better than the beauty of a brand new Sarah Addison Allen novel? Well, for me, not much. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen is her fourth novel and another book full of the wonderful magic I’ve come to expect from her. The Peach Keeper is a novel full of the traditions we hold close, the family we love, and the bonds of friendship we value.
Welcome to Walls of Water, North Carolina known for it’s beautiful waterfalls and dense fog that they even go as far as to bottle up for tourists. Walls of Water is the home to socialite Paxton Osgood and thirty year old Willa Jackson. Both come from families who have deep roots in Walls of Water but they come from very different worlds. While Paxton has been brought up with a silver spoon in her mouth, Willa has not. However it was not always like that. Willa comes from a fine Southern family that unfortunately was ruined financially way back in the 1930’s. So, how exactly do these two women come to know each other then, you ask?
It all comes down to the restoration of The Blue Ridge Madam which at one time was one of the town’s grandest homes. However, as does happen, scandal and financial ruin hit and The Blue Ridge Madam has been sitting empty for years. Paxton has restored it to its former beauty and is planning a big gala to celebrate and honor the formation in 1936 of Women’s Society Club. The grandmothers of both Paxton and Willa were members of this club and best friends; yet somehow that friendship was shaken to the core and broken, or was it?
Back in 1936 the town was visited by a strange man who smelled of peaches. He promised many things but failed to deliver on most. What he did manage to do was wreak havoc on the town and it is after he finally disappeared that things fell apart. Willa’s family lost their all their money and standing in the community and the girl’s grandmothers drifted apart. Was this mysterious man, who was said to have some kind of strange powers, the cause? Worse yet, a skeleton is found on the property under the lone peach tree. Who is it? Long kept secrets begin to emerge and two girls, Paxton and Willa, who were never friends before find they have more in common than they thought.
I loved both Paxton and Willa. To be honest when I first started reading I thought for sure Paxton would just be a snob but was pleasantly surprised to find that she was a very real person who has been expected her whole life to do good and not fail. Consequently there is way too much pressure on Paxton because she spends her time trying to make everyone happy when really the only person she should be concerned about is herself. Willa too is a great character. She’s come back to town and takes care of her grandmother while running her sports shop. She’s busy running from any emotional ties and trying to make up for a past where she was anything but innocent, but sometimes you just have no control over who comes into your life and stays there. Along the way these two women realize that the bonds of friendship formed by their grandmothers so many years ago may also extend to them.
As usual, Sarah Addison Allen weaves a tale full of vivid descriptions that excite all of your senses leaving you with one wish – to visit Walls of Water yourself and meet all these wonderful people. This story is another from this author that will touch your heart and leave you wanting more. As always, I will be anxiously awaiting another lovely, magical tale from Sarah Addison Allen.
I read The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. You can see what others on the tour thought of this wonderful novel here. You can purchase your own copy of The Peach Keeper here in the US and here in Canada. You can also find more at the following links:
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I’d like to add a short note to this review. Sarah is undergoing treatment for breast cancer right now and I’d like to offer my thoughts and prayers to her for a speedy recovery.
I have two copies of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen to share with my readers and one of the copies is open to international entrants. To enter…
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One copy of The Peach Keeper is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) as it is coming from the publisher. The other copy though is an extra I have – a paperback ARC copy that I am going to make available everyone, including international entries. I will draw for the winners on Saturday, May 7/11. Good luck everyone!
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My copy of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen was received for review from TLC Book Tours and the Publisher.