Friday, June 28, 2013

The Peach Keeper: a review

By Sarah Addison Allen 
Info: Bantam, copyright 2011, 273 pages

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.

~Amazon Description~

The Breakdown
Willa Jackson is enjoying her quiet life.  After a childhood of wild choices, coming home and living simply, peacefully, has been a nice change.  When an old high school classmate arrives back in town and the old family estate that hold more mystery than memory is renovated, Willa's quiet, peaceful life takes an unexpected turn.

The Awesome
Magical realism is, well...magical.  Without over doing it, Addison weaves in touches of the fantastical and creates a beautiful story of growing up, moving on.  It's a gentle story of friendship and love.  With of course, and awesome sense of whimsy.

The Not So Awesome
While I absolutely loved the fantastical elements, in the end, they felt a bit unresolved.  They weren't the point.  I get that.  But it just felt like there should have been more.  Some kind of wrap up.

This was my second foray into the literary world of Sarah Addison Allen, and I fully intend on continuing through her list of published works.  The characters are endearing and relate-able, and the touches of magic are comforting for a reader who absolutely loves all things magic.  If you're looking for a feel-good, fun, romantic read, check out The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.

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