The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
A Novel

73%

7 Critic Reviews

Discordant notes of magic realism at times distract from what is essentially a benign tale of spunky Southern women finding true love after overcoming not-very-significant challenges. Unmemorable.
-Kirkus

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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.

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About Sarah Addison Allen

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Sarah Addison Allen is the author of Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
 
Published March 22, 2011 by Bantam. 289 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Peach Keeper
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 22 2011

Discordant notes of magic realism at times distract from what is essentially a benign tale of spunky Southern women finding true love after overcoming not-very-significant challenges. Unmemorable.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 07 2011

Allen (The Girl Who Chased the Moon) juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama.

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Examiner

Good
on May 09 2011

...is about how the past influences the present. The decisions that a grandmother makes can most definitely affect the life of the grandchild. It’s a wonderful book with an amazing message of self-discovery, empowerment and the strength of love.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Mar 28 2011

When the story ends, you'll be left satisfied but still wanting more, which is a fantastic feeling. If you haven't read any of her books yet, I highly recommend THE PEACH KEEPER.

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Huntington News

Good
on Mar 29 2011

The relationships Allen portrays in "The Peach Keeper" ring true and I think men as well as women can enjoy the novel. Guys, we need to understand the opposite species --er, the opposite sex -- and books like Allen's will help!

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BlogHer

Below average
on Oct 04 2011

There wasn't a clear climax to the book, which was dealt with so well in her other books, and the end was pretty much a total letdown. Steer clear of this one, but definitely check out"Garden Spells"...

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Southern Lit Review

Good
on Mar 21 2011

Add a few skeletons, some shocking confessions, two spunky old ladies, a looming mystery, and some pulls of the heartstrings, and it’s a sure bet that Allen has delivered another hit.

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