Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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 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." ~~ from

This is a book that captured my eye because of the cover. Isn't it just beautiful? I think it is! And then I just kept seeing this book everywhere; it was all over blogs that I follow and everyone was buzzing about this author's new book. To be honest, I had never read anything by this author before but I found myself needing to find out what all the buzz what about. Let me tell you, I loved what was inside this book as much as I loved the cover. 

I quickly felt right at home in Walls of Water, North Carolina. The story is so beautifully written that I just wanted to escape to that place and could very well have read the book in one sitting if my life wouldn't have gotten in the way. As it was, the story was over way too quickly. 

But then I immediately picked up The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Allen's previous book and lost myself in that story too. She has 2 other books and I plan to read those as soon as possible and will be anxiously waiting for her to publish her next book. 

Thank you Sarah, for writing such beautiful, magical stories! 


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