Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Review: The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.
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.
Sarah Addison Allen's books are pure magic. Honestly her books leave me with a such a good feeling when I have finished them. She blends the slightest touch of magic into her books enough that it gives them a sparkly edge but not so much as to make them unrealistic.
Her books contain small towns, larger than life character and sweet romances. They are so easy to read and her characters are simply perfection. She makes me want to know them, be friends with them and live in the same town as them.
In The Peach Keeper you get the perfect balance between romance, mystery and friendship.
The friendship between Paxton and Willa develops naturally and you get the sense that it will last forever. The mystery of the bones add an touch of tension, you know something bad happened in the past you just don't know what and they way it unfolded in the end was very well done. There are two romances running through out the book and while Willa's was cute it was Paxton's that really interested me, it was nice to see the difficulties of best friends becoming more play out and have a happy ending. It was also great to see some of her characters from her other books.
I cannot recommend her books enough and I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.
That's all for now.