The book I read this week was “The Peach Keeper” by 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.
I have spent a great deal of time in North Carolina and this book paints a beautiful picture of life in a Southern town trying to preserve it’s heritage. It also honors the relationships of old Southern women whose friendships are thicker than molasses (i.e. “Steel Magnolias“). By following the story of two young southern women and their grandmothers the author demonstrates that some things do not change with time.
It’s a very easy read with light-hearted language and has a VERY small supernatural element that made it just a bit more interesting.
It seems from the reviews that Sarah Addison Allen’s other books may be even better so if I can get a few other books read I may check out her earlier works!