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Week #11: “The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen

Welcome to week 11 of the “52 Books in 52 Weeks [1]” series!  If you haven’t seen all the books take a moment and catch up [1]!

The book I read this week was “The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen [2].

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 [3]“).  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!