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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553385607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553385601
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on May 24 2011
Format: Hardcover
I first fell in love with Sarah Addison Allen's writing style when I read The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and The Peach Keeper did not disappoint me in the least. She has a lovely way of weaving together a story of magic, mystery, and emotion. Her descriptions are so vivid and unique, and they are my absolute favourite part of her writing.

"She stood there for a moment, stunned. Just as she was
about to turn, she caught a whiff of something sweet. She
inhaled deeply, instinctively wanting to savor it, but then she
nearly choked when it landed on her tongue with a bitter taste...
That, her grandmother had described to her once after
making a particularly bad lemon cream pie, was exactly what
regret tasted like."

I love how the magical elements in Allen's writing are always subtle and just enough to bring a little lightness to her stories but not enough to be overpowering. That being said I do think that in The Peach Keeper there was room for a little more development of the magical elements. Ie. further explanation about the peaches, and the scents of regret etc. I found there to be a lot less magical realism present in this book than in The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and that was one aspect of Allen's writing style that I fell in love with.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book as well as their relationships. I found the relationship that Willa and Paxton each had with their grandmothers to be so interesting and I loved how their own relationship grew as a result. I appreciated the theme of female solidarity and was happy that this idea of leaning on your friends wasn't overdone in a nauseating "girl power" kind of way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SK on Sept. 25 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catterwally on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shabbyshelley on Sept. 2 2012
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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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