“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
Even though I read so much, there are very few authors that I actively seek out, but Sarah Addison Allen is one of them… I write, even though this book came out in 2011… Okay, so books slip between the cracks sometimes!
Allen is a master at combining magical realism with fantastic characters and wonderful storylines, along with all the good parts that come from the South. When I read one of her books I know I’m going to get some folklore mixed with Southern food, parties, and a bit of scandal. I love how her characters from other books make appearances in various stories even though they are not all part of the same series. This has always been something I enjoy whether it’s via books or movies.
Even though there were multiple storylines weaving through three different generations, Allen was able to combine them seamlessly into a fantastical tale of love, loss, and friendship. And I really enjoyed how Paxton and Willa were complete opposites who complimented each other so well. And both of their love interests were so harmonious, not only with their partner, but with the group as a whole, which made The Peach Keeper even more delightful.
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