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The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach Keeper

by Sarah Addison Allen

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Even with its requisite love story, at its core The Peach Keeper is a story of friendship. Willa Jackson, once known as the resident prankster in her youth, returned to her childhood home of small-town Walls of Water following the death of her father nearly ten years prior and has never left. As the only remaining descendent of a formerly elite Southern family but for an elderly grandmother with dementia, Willa has no interest in being involved in the restoration of her ancestors' once grand home by Paxton Osgood, socialite and former classmate. However, the discovery of a skeleton buried beneath the peach tree in the mansion's front lawn has Willa and Paxton drawn deeply into a gothic mystery and facing dark secrets from their families' pasts. An eerie, magical novel not without the charm and romance expected of Sarah Addison Allen. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
No one does magical realism wrapped in a comfort read like Sarah Addison Allen. I will read anything she writes, own it, gift it, do the dance, listen to the audiobook. Yes, I am an unapologetic fangirl. She just hits it out of the park every time. The Peach Keeper is at the top of my list, but I'd never pick a favorite. Willa Jackson has a family with history, just not the right kind of history, and in a small southern town in North Carolina for many you simply are who your people were, and people don't forget. Willa has moved on, or so she says, opened a lovely little store in town, lives a quiet life. Willa's past and present collides when a high school classmate contacts her to participate in the grand reopening of a historic home that once belonged to Willa's family and was subsequently lost in shame and scandal. Things aren't always as they seem, and even after a lifetime or two secrets have a way of becoming unearthed. Told with wit, charm, and a style so totally unique to SAA The Peach Keeper is a total delight. Highly recommended, 5+ stars! ( )
  CMDH5 | May 3, 2017 |
I didn't finish reading this book. It looked interesting but after reading quite a few pages, I found the writing to be getting in the way of the story. It wasn't good. Maybe the story is OK, but I couldn't get past the writing and didn't wish to spend more time on it. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
This is a fun book that tied past characters to the present characters. It was a quick read . . . but full of enough twists and turns to stay interested. The end was kind-of predictable, but didn't take away from a good story. ( )
  csobolak | Oct 8, 2016 |
This was a very nice story about friendship in a southern way. 🙂 ( )
  whybehave2002 | Sep 1, 2016 |
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To Michelle Pittman and Heidi Gibbs. Everything I know of friendship is thanks to you.
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The day Paxton Osgood took the box of heavy-stock, foil-lined envelopes to the post office, the ones she'd had a professional calligrapher address, it began to rain so hard the air turned as white as bleached cotton.
"There's no avoiding me now, you know," she said. "You know my secrets. You maced people for me. You've got me for life." - Paxton Osgood
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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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Willa Jackson of Walls of Water, North Carolina, has lately learned that an old classmate--socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood--of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored her family's Blue Ridge Madam home to its former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton, found buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property is found, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families.… (more)

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