The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780553807226
0553807226
Branch Call Number: FIC Allen 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 273 p

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CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 12, 2017

Willa Jackson’s family no longer owns their ancestral home, The Blue Ridge Madam. But when an old high school classmate plans to restore it, a skeleton - and secrets - are unearthed.

AL_KATI Apr 03, 2017

Gorgeously written with a bit of magic and drama. Try this if you liked "Practical Magic."

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foxylady31
Mar 26, 2017

charming story and an easy relaxing read with a bit of magic, mystery and romance written in

AL_KAYLA Nov 09, 2016

The perfect pick up for vacation, relaxing and easy to get into read. Allen knows just how to write the perfect comfort 'food for thought' novel and this one definitely keeps in that style. The characters were easy to get attached to and the mysterious plot with a dash of magic thrown in kept me wanting more. Pick this up if your in the mood for an effortlessly good story to enjoy.

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DeltaQueen50
Aug 05, 2015

The Peach Keeper touches on many of this author’s preferred themes of loss, regret, and choices not made. She does remind the reader that it’s wise to remain open to new experiences cause one never knows what is just around the corner. I look forward to reading this author and even though this one wasn’t one of my favourites, it was still a delightful read.

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kwsmith
Aug 04, 2015

A delightful sunny summer romance filled with magic, mystery, love and friendship.

wordbaker Jul 07, 2014

this was cute, but not as good as her previous books.

aisha65 Jul 01, 2014

I wasn't thrilled with this book, I did enjoy two of her others.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

I loved this novel, which seems so simple but tackles such universal concepts of becoming oneself. Maybe it's the timing (like the main characters, I'm also 30), but the concepts of being yourself vs being what others expect of you, and how to tell the difference, really resonated with me. Underneath all of that is a tender love story, a tale of true friendship, a reverence for the mysteries of history, and magic. Unlike most of Allen's books, magic is not a benign or positive presence here, either. The locale is less of a featured character, and more of a catalyst, making this book seem like a unique break-out for Allen.

I would definitely recommend it for lovers of fiction, "chick lit", mystery/magic, those seeking identity, and people who want to be inspired to go visit North Carolina.

hania4987 Jul 12, 2013

very good well written story ... but there was an element missing from her previous books. Sarah Addison Allen has become one of my favorite contemporary authors writing about timeless themes of friendship and kinship, with a touch of magic.

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20KBT10
Nov 16, 2011

p. 246 ... "How people choose to live their lives, and who they fall in love with, should never HAVE to be defended."

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20KBT10
Nov 16, 2011

p 215... Back then, I needed to break free of some things, too. I needed to stop bieng what everyone thought I was. But there will always be a little bit of the Freak in me. It's part of who I am."
She'd always thought of Sebastian as the master of reinvention. But she now realized that he hadn't reinvented himself at all. He'd BECOME himself. "How did you come to terms with it?"
"We are who we are. It's surprising how little say we have in it. Once you accept that, the rest is easy."

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Nov 16, 2011

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