Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen

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.

My thoughts:
Nothing like a Addison Allen book to make you believe in books again (I had two very bad DNFs before this one). 

I am sure I could go on and on. But I would honestly just want to say that you really should read her books. The magical realism in them is simply wonderful. It's so real, yet so magical. It's called magical realism for a reason after all.

Here we have a hidden secret under a peach tree. It's about Willa, who never really lived, and Paxton, who wants to spread her wings too. They find each other, they find secrets and they both find love too. And sprinkled all over it there is magic as they get close to the mystery.

Conclusion:
I recommend her books to everyone. I do no have much more to say, this is one of those books that do not need a lot of words spoken about it. Just read it.

Cover
Nice

Paperback, US, 304 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Bantam (first published March 22nd 2011)
Magical realism, Fiction
For review

65 comments:

  1. Going to check it out. :) Never read anything by her before.

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  2. Love the cover and it sounds like a great read

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  3. yeah, I've been meaning to try out this author for awhile. I've got Garden Spells already, so I'll probably read that first, but this one will definitely be on my list. Glad your faith in books has been restored!

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    1. Yes for having one already! Get cracking on it at once. You seem to have the one I have not read from her backlist, it goes slowly but that one and her new one and I have them all

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  4. I love books by Sarah Addison Allen, they're like presents under your Christmas tree! Every now and then I allow myself to open one.

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    1. So true :D I am going slowly through her backlist, like getting one each year for xmas and I love the savor them

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  5. I've never read a book by Sarah Addison Allen, but you definitely make me want to. I'll have to check this one out...after your review I want to start it now. :-) Sounds wonderful.

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    1. Omg never!!!? You are so missing out, they are wonderful, like sugar on..apples sweet lol

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  6. I adore her and I am so glad she wiped those DNF's away for you!

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  7. I hear ya about the bad reads, I am going through that myself. I love Addison. This was my least favorite of her books, but still solid and worth the read. Love the cover on this one. My fav is still The Sugar Queen. Have you read that one?

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    1. I have and I think that was my first so I will always adore it :) But all her books are awesome

      Now I just need her new one!

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  8. Everyone seems to adore her, and I've heard more than one person say she broke up a reading slump, so I clearly need to add this one to my TBR pile. Great review!

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    1. They are thin too so when you start you wont be able to stop ;)

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  9. She's been on my tbr pile for a long while. I guess I need to move her up the list :)

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  10. I met her last month and thought she was wonderful. Now I'm dying to read one of her books!

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  11. Not read her books. Maybe I could be able to squeeze one more for the next four days in Melbourne!

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    1. You must try cos they are really lovely

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  12. I agree. Her books renew your faith in books. Haven't read a bad one yet.

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  13. I'm glad you have an author like her who can save the day. I haven't read anything by SAA before, but I really should.

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    1. You really should :) They are simply enchanting

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  14. I do like magical realism.

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  15. This is an author I've wanted to read for a while but I didn't know the books contained magical realism until today when I read about Lost Lake. I want to read them more, now. I wasn't expecting the mystery aspect as I read that summary but I like it!

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    1. There is that mystery yes...that I can't say anything about but it brings in that magical realism ;)

      Anyway I love her books, they are such feel good reads

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  16. This is one that is on the top of my wishlist! I also love her books and need to read ALL OF THEM! :)

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  17. I have this on audiobook and will listen to it someday :)

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  18. I loved this book and seeing Willa and Paxton's relationship evolve.

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    1. That was the best :) I was so happy for her

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  19. I agree, her books are must reads. I like your new look.

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  20. Her books would be perfect after disappointing ones. They make me happy I love to read.

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  21. This wasn't one of my favorite Addison novels, but I did really enjoy it. As always, her writing and characterization are so beautiful.

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  22. O-o! Two DNFs? Ouch! Adding this to my wishlist, Linda :)

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  23. Yay for a book and author who make you excited to pick up a book again after two rough reads! That's always the best feeling:)

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    1. And I know when I try her books that I am guaranteed a smile

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  24. Totally agree! There isn't anything better than cozying up with a book of Sarah's. Love her books!

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  25. Right?! I LOVE the books of hers I've read so far. :D

    <3,
    -J

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    1. For once I am glad I have not read all her books, I still got some to look forward too :D YAY

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  26. I haven't read anything by Sarah Addison Allen, but after this review I'm sure going to fix that.

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  27. You sold me hun. I'm headed over to look over her books and add a few, I'm sure =) Wonderful review!

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  28. Awwwe. It sounds good and the cover is super cute! Plus, the title is adorable. :)

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  29. I've heard wonderful things about this author, glad you enjoyed this one,.

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  30. I get so lost in SAA books! I really need to read The Lost Lake!

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  31. Love SAA, you have to read The Lost Lake, you'll adore it :)
    I actually haven't read this one yet ... oops lol but I do have it

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    1. I am saving it for xmas..that is someone buying it for me ;)

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  32. I love Sarah Addison Allen! I haven't read The Peach Keeper or The Sugar Queen but I've read the rest. They're all really good.

    Jessica @ Tales Between the Pages

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    1. I have not read...oh one of the old ones, lol, I can't remember. But I have read the rest

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  33. The first sentence of your review is exactly right.

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