Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Read for: Mount TBR & Reading Across the States
Synopsis: "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 Review: I have heard people raving about Allen for a few years now and I got the chance to meet her last year at a book event, she was an absolute sweetheart and so kind to all her fans. I picked this book up at the event and it fit perfectly in my Reading Across the States challenge. I found the setting and characters to be interesting and I enjoyed watching them develop, grow and find themselves. I loved the messages of true and lasting friendship throughout the book and there are some great quotes. I did find the magical element to be a little off putting, I know this is a signature of Allen's but it felt a little forced and it definitely wasn't needed for the storyline. That said the story itself was a good one and I enjoyed reading it.

My Rating: As I said in the review, I wasn't a fan of the 'magical' elements of this book, superstitions were good for this setting but not the magic. I did really enjoy the friendship theme to this book. I give it a rating of Three Paws.
Favorite Quote from the Book: "Happiness is a risk. If you're not a little scared, then you're not doing it right."

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