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The Peach Keeper: A Novel [Paperback]

Sarah Addison Allen
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Jan. 10 2012 Random House Reader's Circle

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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 and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover the truths that have transcended time to touch the hearts of the living.

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“Secrets are ready to be uncovered. . . . Allen masterfully weaves a Southern world of believable characters and keeps readers flipping pages with this dreamy one-nighter.”—Southern Literary Review

“[Sarah Addison Allen] juggles small-town history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“In this delectable, read-in-one-sitting treasure, Allen once again demonstrates her astonishing ability to believably blur the lines between the magical and the mundane.”—Booklist
 
“Peppered with Allen’s trademark Southern charm . . . a must-read for fans of Alice Hoffman.”—Library Journal
 
“Immensely readable . . . pulses with sensual details.”—The Denver Post

About the Author

Sarah Addison Allen is the author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Garden Spells, and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.


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4.0 out of 5 stars The peach man Aug. 25 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Sarah Addison Allen's version of the South is a lovely place -- bright sunshine, fruit, flowers and the ghosts of the past (sometimes literally).

So you can guess what her fourth novel, "The Peach Keeper," is absolutely soaked with. It's a lush, summery little novel that spins together buried secrets, ghosts, magical realism, romance, and a decades-old mystery. But at heart, it's the story of two young women's struggle to find their place in the world.

The Blue Ridge Madam -- a mansion in the North Carolina town of Walls of Water -- once belonged to Willa Jackson's family, but they lost it when her grandmother was still a young girl. All her life, she has been haunted by this. Now the derelict mansion is being transformed into a high-class country inn by Willa's old classmate, Paxton. Paxton is slowly crumbling under the weight of tradition and family expectations -- as well as her love for her possibly-gay friend Sebastien.

Then Willa and Paxton's brother Colin find a skull buried near the house -- and it turns out to be Tucker Devlin, a devilishly charming salesman who had magical powers and claimed to have peach juice in his veins. Willa begins to unwind the past to find out what happened to Tucker, and discovers some shocking connections to her family past...

When you summarize it, "The Peach Keeper" sounds like a magical-realism murder mystery, or maybe a lightweight ghost story. However, it's not really either -- there ARE ghosts, and there IS a mystery of sorts. But Allen is much more interested in the closeted skeletons of Walls of Water, and in the troubled young woman who need to find their own place in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and uplifting story Sept. 25 2012
By SK
Format:Paperback
This book offers valuable insight into the dynamics of female friendship and how they impact the people around them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and could not put it down. I am eager to read other books from this author. I deeply enjoyed the way the author wove the culture of Southern society and the history of women and their club into the book. It felt authentic and kept my attention. I don't want to give away the story too much, but I will say that the book was heartwarming, uplifting and had an amazing ending that filled me up. We need stories like this to remind us that friendship is a beautiful and treasured thing, and sometimes you can find it in the strangest of places. People can surprise you, and help you open up your heart, and this beautiful story reminds us of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it, love it, love it! Sept. 2 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this author. I was hooked after Garden Spells, and have waited anxiously for each of her new books to come out since. The superstitions and magic are great, and take me to another place. I hope that she has already started on her next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy! Sept. 29 2011
Format:Hardcover
I could not put this book down. I've stayed up late into the night so I could finish it. I enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Sept. 6 2011
Format:Hardcover
Like all of Sarah Allen's books this was in a sense fun! Easy to read, with a captivating story, the book tugs at your heart strings. Whimsy, magical, and with just enough of a storyline, you can almost believe in magic again. You feel for the characters and you are disappointed when the stories are done. These books are great to reread when you need a little lift to your day. The Peach Keeper: A NovelThe Girl Who Chased the Moon: A NovelGarden Spells
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