The Peach Keeper: Book summary and reviews of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach Keeper

A Novel

by Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach Keeper
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2011
    272 pages
    Genre: Novels

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town's famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It's the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam - built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water's heyday, and once the town's grandest home - has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate - socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood - of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones - those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago - are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families - and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that - in good times and bad, from one generation to the next - endure forever.

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"Allen juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. The underlying tension will please and unnerve readers, as well as leave them eager for Allen's next." - Publishers Weekly

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Charla

Peaches and Cream!
This is another great book by Sarah Addison Allen! It is filled with intrigue, mystery, romance, magic and southern charm. I love the way the writing has the power to wrap you up in the character's lives and make you feel like you are part of the story. I believe this is a story that almost everyone will be able to connect to their own life. It is set in a small southern town and about the love and friendships of several people that grew up together and then grew apart as they became adults. Two old ladies that are in a nursing home helps to bring them all back together. The getting back together and discovering what they want out of life is what makes the story come alive. Like Sarah Allen's other books this story is also full of southern lore which is always fun. Did you know that a pink sky is a sign of someone discovering love? Or that when you hear a bell ring you should hold your hands to scoop up the good fortune? Well, according to southern lore that is exactly what you should do!

Dianne

You Can Go Home Again
I just finished The Peach Keeper & loved it. Each time I finish one of Sarah Allen Addison's books I say "That was my favorite".

This book is about a small town with more than a few secrets. Mostly it is about friendship though. I think what really connected me with the characters is that like most people you know in high school you never know the real people that are inside the ones that we can see. As the saying goes "walk a mile in someone else's shoes".

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Sarah Addison Allen Author Biography

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North Carolina novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of fairy tale magic, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.

Born and raised in Asheville, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature -- because, as she puts it, "I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate."

After graduation in 1994, Allen began writing seriously. She sold a few stories and penned romances for Harlequin under the pen name Katie ...

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