The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
If you like Adriana Trigiani or Kristian Hannah, you’ll enjoy, THE PEACH KEEPER – this is a good Southern type of contemporary story with a little mystery woven in. Nice romances (yes there are two!) and good characters – very enjoyable story.
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Sarah is unique in her ability to create that contemporary Southern, ‘comfort-reading’ story. Set in the Blue Ridge Mts, we meet two women who are trying to move on with their lives. Willa, whose fallen a bit from the towns grace with an old scandal created by her grandfather and Paxton who is just trying to get away from a very controlling, wealthy Southern family. Each find their heroes to be men that have been in their lives all along but just did not even realize . . or did, but because of circumstance, could not act on it. As the story develops a body is found creating a small murder mystery from years ago — as this plot line develops, Paxton & Willa become friends and also find out they are linked in the outcome of this mystery.
Very well written, great paced story with twists & turns & fun characters — If you enjoy Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, Jan Karon, Sarah’s contemporary Southern story will appeal to your reading tastes too – enjoy!
Willa Jackson: Thirty-year-old woman from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago; owner of Au Naturel Sporting Goods and Café; perpetual joker as a youth.
Paxton (Pax) Osgood: Socialite do-gooder; an old classmate of Willa’s
Tucker Devlin: Charismatic traveling salesman
Colin Osgood: Landscape architect and Paxton’s twin brother.
Sebastian Rogers: A local dentist and Paxton’s friend. Beautiful and thoughtful.
Georgie Jackson: Willa’s grandmother and one of the two co-founders of the Women’s Society Club. She is currently in a nursing home diagnosed with a dementia.
Agatha Osgood: Pax”s grandmother and one of the two co-founders of the Women’s Society Club. She is currently in a nursing home diagnosed with a macular degeneration.
Sophia Osgood: Paxton’s mother
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Allen juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. The underlying tension will please and unnerve readers, as well as leave them eager for Allen’s next.
Praise for Sarah Addison Allen’s The Girl Who Chased the Moon
“Captivating . . . Sarah Addison Allen produces tantalizing fiction.”—The Roanoke Times
“A dusting of magic, the aroma of sugary cakes swirling through the breeze, and a girl who unwittingly brings change to a town of misfits make for a sweet summer story filled with hope and forgiveness.”—Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
“Charming and entertaining . . . Don’t miss this spellbinding tale.”—Asheville Citizen Times
“Allen clearly knows that all the fun is in the journey. . . . Sit back, open this book and join her.”—Greensboro News & Record
“An enjoyable read [with] doses of magical realism and romance.”—Associated Press
“Easy to devour in one sitting.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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