Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: The Peach Keeper


The Peach Keeper
by Susan Addison Allen

So it's about...
"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." (from googlebooks)
 
So, I thought...
This was one great book...part mystery/thriller, part romance, and part a little comedic at times.  This novel has a little of everything.  I really liked all the relationships in this one, too.

You get to experience everyone in this novel - from Willa to Paxton, to the grandmothers, to the guys...everyone.  Susan did a great job in this novel getting the reader closer and closer to each character.  You rooted for everyone in this exquisite novel...will she stay? is he who he says he is? will she get over her insecurities? is everything as it seems?  It's a clincher-type of novel you'll be happy to melt into.

From what I understand, all her novels are this way!  What I liked especially from The Peach Keeper is that you could understand each and every concept that was delivered.  There's some not-from-this-world aspects, as well, that I thoroughly enjoyed.  At one point, every time I read something else that developed, I said, "Yes!" or "Oh my goodness!"  My husband thought I was losing it, lol!
 
Should you dive into this one?
Do you like to read "it's all out there in your face"-kinda books?  Books you laugh, cry, gasp, and cheer along with?  Then this novel is for you...
 
My rating...
9 out of 10 - trust me, you'll like it...and it's a quick read : )
Fun Stuff I found from Sarah's website:
http://www.sarahaddisonallen.com/the_peach_keeper.html

More reviews to come!  I'm reading faster than I can write these reviews!
Happy Reading!
~ Nay~
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3 comments:

girlichef said...

I love ANYTHING S.A.A! great review :D

Smart Ass Sara said...

I read, reviewed and loved this one too! I thought it was a pretty good book even though I wasn't sure I would. :)

Amanda said...

I've read some of her other books and loved them. This is on my list to read!