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Book title: Peach Keeper

Author:  Sarah Addison Allen, 2011

I picked up this book up for two reasons. The first was because of the author. I have read all of her other books and in each one she skillfully creates and subtly brings a little bit of magic into her books without it feeling false or over the top. However, in this book there are more Southern superstitions like, “air turns white when things are about to change, that paper cuts mean there’s more to what’s written on the page than meets the eye, and that birds are always out to protect you from things you don’t see” than elements of magic.

peach keeperMy second reason for picking this book up is really kind of silly. I too have a lone peach tree; mine is currently attempting to end world hunger all by itself which leaves me a little bit obsessed with peaches at the moment. As far as I know though, there are no mysteries buried beneath it nor is it magical.

This book is full of wonderful quotes and one liners. One of my personal favorites is, “Coffee, she’d discovered, was tied to all sorts of memories, different for each person. Sunday mornings, friendly get-togethers, a favorite grandfather long since gone, the AA meeting that saved their life. Coffee meant something to people. Most found their lives were miserable without it. Coffee was a lot like love that way, she believed in coffee too.” There are no less than a hundred great lines in this book that I’m sure you’ll find your own favorite when you read The Peach Keeper.

About the book from Random House Publishers-

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.

Related books: Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen; Girl Who Chased the Moon, Sarah Addison Allen; Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen; Little Black Dress, Susan McBride; Love Goddess Cooking School, Melissa Senate