The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper

by Sarah Addison Allen


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The Peach Keeper 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 822 reviews.
anonymous67 More than 1 year ago
I wish readers would refrain from using the book review option to complain about their dissatisfaction with e-book pricing. It is not the fault of the author and her rating should not be reflective of their frustration. Ms Allen is a brilliant writer who uses words in a magical, enticing way. Her quirky characters are charming and her ability to draw pictures with words is a true gift. Please read her wonderful fiction...and she will touch your heart.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
The renovation of an Iconic home in Walls of Water North Carolina reveals more than flaking paint and sagging porches, there's secrets buried deep both on the grounds and in the hearts of two lifetime residents. When a body is discovered it forms a bond between Willa Jackson and Paxton Osgood as they try to learn the cryptic and sometimes mystic reasons why. They also embark on a journey of self discovery that leads them to an uncertain, fulfilling and sometimes scary future. Sarah Addison Allen has this remarkable childlike imagination that features whimsy and magic right along side of realism. She gives us a plot that could be any small town USA or we could have parted the mist and revealed Brigadoon. It has mystery, it has romance, it has drama, you'll laugh and you'll cry and run the gamut of emotions. She will deliver this tale with her classic fanciful, descriptive and prose like narrative that fit her characters and scenes to a tee. Her characters will all stand out from her stars Willa and Paxton down to the bit part you only meet once, they are all over the top while being very realistic, someone from a fairy tale and yet a neighbor next door. Her main protagonists Willa and Paxton are two very different people on the outside and yet are both yearning without knowing how to fill that void on the inside. Her co-stars of Colin and Sebastian are excellent choices for these women and stand out among the other characters as well. There are romances in this novel as well as mystery, drama and a little bit of fairy dust, and the romances are very well told and will give her readers a fuzzy warm feeling when the read is over. The love scenes are well disguised with adult only innuendos so that no one reading this would have an occasion to blush or feel uncomfortable with the scenes. If you're a fan of Ms. Allen then you will absolutely love this book because it has her unique style that you'll recognize as unmistakably hers. If you've never had the pleasure of reading her, now is a great opportunity to do just that, believe me you won't be sorry that you did. Ms Allen kudos to you for another unforgettable tale!
Jenn-at-GirlsJustReading More than 1 year ago
It's magnificent. It's perfect. Her best yet. Need I go on? No, but I gladly will. Sarah Addison Allen is one of those authors whose works I must own in hard cover on publication day ...and I want a digital edition too, just so I can always have it with me. She makes me want to sink into a comfy chair and never put her book down. It's like a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a snowy day. Her writing is delicious. "Every life needs a little space. It leaves room for good things to enter." ~pg 70 I love that all the characters in Allen's books are struggling to find their way, not because they're overly flawed or damaged beyond repair, but because life is a journey full of crossroads. The characters are all likable in their own way, even if they have lessons to learn, and each has a little piece with which the reader can identify. "Happiness is a risk. If you're not a little scared, then you're not doing it right." ~pg 238 This is a theme in many of Allen's books, but it's a good one that bears repeating. I love the friendships in her books, the ones formed, and even the ones left behind. To move on in life, one has to grow, and in Ms Allen's books, the journey is sprinkled with a little magic along the way. Her writing is the perfect mix of whimsy and reality. Out of all of her books, this one was the least food-centric, but, surprisingly, I didn't miss it all that much. Yes, Rachel is working on her coffeeology, which I loved, but food and cooking do not play a predominant role here. Although speaking of food, I was delighted by the brief cameo of the Waverly's from Garden Spells, Allen's first book. This is my favorite Sarah Addison Allen book so far, though I feel like I'm choosing a favorite child by stating that... I still keep going back and reading little snippets to myself just to enjoy the last little morsels. I'm so enamored, I may even go back and re-read all of her books this summer. She is my comfort read and I urge you to try her books, so that she may become yours too.
Nookmomof3 More than 1 year ago
Delicious and enchanting! Sarah Addison Allen does it again. She wrote another book that I love so much I cannot possibly put it down. I drop everything to sink into this amazing escape, only to be saddened because it has to end. Sarah's books are the perfect mixture of mystery, fantasy, and romance all intertwined with that southern magic. I think I will reread another one of hers now! Read this book, read all of her books, you won't regret it!
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
Another great book by, Sarah Addison Allen. This is the story of 2 generations of women grandmothers and granddaughters, friendship, secrets and ghosts. The 4 main characters Paxton, Willa, Sebastian and Colin are all trying to find where they belong and who they are. In highschool they were the princess, the joker, the freak and the stick man all of them are trying to live down these reputations and come into their own. Paxton is in the process of restoring the house The Blue Ridge Madam which was originally owned by Willa's family before they lost their fortune and the house in the 30's. Willa's grandmother grew up in the house but never talked about it to Willa. But strange things have been happening ever since the project has started that will bring Paxton and Willa together in a way neither sees coming. I loved this book Sarah Addison Allen is the queen of magical realism she writes it so beautifully and it is so believable. The characters in this book make you want to cheer for them and be friends with them. We also get an unexpected although brief visit from some old friends who are there to cater a party. This is a must read for lovers of southern fiction, magically realism and strong friendship stories. This is going on my favorites list and with all other books by this author will be one I will read again! I received this book from Librarything Early Reviewers Program 5 Stars
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty year old Willa Jackson hopes to be able to move beyond the long shadow cast by her ancestors who went from prominence to poverty. Her family's once proud home The Blue Ridge Madam symbolizes the acme and decline of her clan as much as her being a female storekeeper. The Walls of Water, North Carolina Women's Society Club President Paxton Osgood, who attended highs school with Willa, invites her and others to attend the gala reopening of the restored Blue Ridge Madam as a prestigious inn. However, the remains of traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked the circuit over seven decades ago, are found. Ironically as both struggle due to a lack of any true friends, their grandmothers Agatha and Georgie were best of friends. Now with a common cause to learn what happened to Devlin, they begin to investigate the talk. With a hint of magic in the air, Willa and Paxton begin to forge a friendship that each hopes mirrors that of their ancestors. Although there is a sense of Garden Spells in the air and a touch of the amateur sleuth, The Peach Keeper is more a character driven tale of friendship. Willa and Paxton are fully developed lonely protagonists who bond over Blue Ridge Madam renovation and corpse interred for years under the peach tree. The story line is uplifting as the magic of the latest visit to Sarah Addison Allen's North Carolina (see The Girl Who Chased the Moon) is everyone needs close friends. Harriet Klausner
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
Set in the Southern fragrances of peach blossoms this novel is an homage to friendship. Paxton, rich and insecure, Willa, poor but a fighter, ignite a friendship in their 30's that could have flamed from childhood. In a fight to save a mansion built by Willa's ancestors and acquired by Paxton's, the two women come to embrace each others faults and strengths to get the task completed. Along the way they both find and fight love, leaning on each other for support. I am smitten with this author and her way of writing emotions through magic. This book reminds me of women who have experienced the southern "friendships" to remain true to yourself, your dreams and who you want to be. Such a great author! As uplifting as a fairy tale, The Peach Keeper is a morality tale filled with humor. Almost makes you really believe in magic.  Most definitely a KEEPER.   
angeleyesAS More than 1 year ago
THE PEACH KEEPER is a sweet story about friendship, loyalty, trust and deep secrets, past and present lives and about "coming home". Food for the soul, Allen's writing soothes and comforts with a touch of believable magic and the supernatural. There is great insight, humor, triumph overcoming insecurities, all to feed the human soul. The wonderful, multi-faceted characters learn to lead with their hearts instead of their minds, and to accept each day as it presents itself. Hope and the possibilities that living life to the fullest are immeasurable and this story will hold your interest until you reach "The End".
lynlamb More than 1 year ago
I love her books. Such fresh writing and I love every one of them. This is definitely worth reading more than one time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book happens to be one of my favorites from Sarah Addison Allen. It tells the story of two main characters Willa and Paxton who's lives intertwine with one anothers as they find they have more in common than they think. It contains the greatest elements of a memorable book which is mystery, romance, friendship with a touch of magic. If you have read Garden Spells you will find that Claire Waverley plays a small part in the book which was a little treat for her loyal readers ( thought not necessary to have read Garden Spells for this book). SAA's book are my dessert for sure ! It is a must read for anyone who loves a little helping of all the ingredients that make for a wonderful novel.
DudeRanchWoman More than 1 year ago
I started this book at 9 p.m. and didn't put it down until I finished it at 1 a.m. I just couldn't stop until I found out what happened. I really enjoy SAA's books - they just have such a sweet, magical, longing feel to them that wraps you up in the characters and their stories. Normally I read books with more explicit bedroom scenes, but she has a great way of accomplishing that feeling without going into detail. Not to mention you always feel really warm & fuzzy after finishing her books. Can't recommend this book enough.
hnestorick More than 1 year ago
this is my fav book by this author so far. a wonderful story of family, friendship and love.
Ballarina_girl More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. I am not much on words myself. just read it. You will love it.
Des444 More than 1 year ago
Sarah Adderson Allen just keeps getting better, I didn't want the story to end as in all her books. Just enough mystery & romance. Love, Love, Love it! Can't wait for her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I paid around $8.00 for this book. Sorry, I am having a brain freeze and can not remember the exact amount. When I daw it was only 180 pages, I felt cheated. Then zi started reading, for the next four hours, I was transported to another time and place. A place filled with friendship, truth, lies, love and a touch of magic. A place whete people grow old, never forget what they had and let a new generation carry on, while some try to control the world around them, fighting and clawing to stay young and in control. This is a book where three generations collide and there are three stories to tell. I really enjoyed this well edited book. I do not regret spending my money on this book. My only regret is it ended too soon. I will read more by this author. It is a mystery romance, there is some mild violence and rape, an unexpected and scary pregnancy, a hidden murder, clean romance, very mild sexual encounters, no cursing or religion and a homosexual relationship that is not what it seems. There is a touch of magic in the air, but it could just be coincidence. There is a lot in this book that is not as it seems. I highly recommend this book. It is chick lit with a twist and a new blue print. For ages 16 and up, though it is an adult book. Excellant read. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed all of Sarah Addison Allens other books however, The Peach Keeper was predictable from beginning to end. The only surprise was that it recieved such positive reviews.
Kristi Tame More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the author's previous books and was disppointed with this one. The others I could not put down, but I almost had to force myself to finish this. I hope her next book is as good as the previous ones. This did have gaps in spots and rambled in others.
JanetOH More than 1 year ago
I was eagerly anticipating this, but it seems Allen might have run out of gas, or had to hurry to fulfill a contract. The book seems rushed, not pulled together, and left a lot of holes that she could have filled. It could have been as good as her previous books.
HelenJosephine More than 1 year ago
It's a great story about the difference between who women are, who others think they are and who they want to be.
Elsie_Brooks More than 1 year ago
With Peach Keeper, Sarah Addison Allen delivers another wonderful bit of chick lit. As with her previous books, Peach Keeper delivers on Allen's recipe of mystery, family secrets, a dash of romance, and a pinch of magic. In keeping with her other stories, Allen develops adult characters that are carrying baggage from high school while traipse across social lines to form strong friendships. In Peach Keeper, Allen tells the story of two women who build a friendship while trying to learn and protect their grandmothers' secret which has remained buried for 75 years. Willa and Paxton learn that while their personas are dissimilar at their core they share similar values. Peach Keeper is a quick read with Allen's characteristic feel good tone.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
This is the story of the Joker, the Stickman, the Princess and the Freak. Small town America...part the fog and you will meet people you know..solve a mystery..fall in new friendships..and all with a touch of magic....if you choose to believe. I love the way Clare Waverly and her enchanted delicacies from Garden Spells were so neatly woven into this story. Sarah Addison Allen is a marvelous story teller, who's unforgettable characters will pull you in and make you want more. I recommend all her books and anxiously await the next one. (Note: there is no bad language and although there are romantic relationships, they are not explicit; all of Ms. Allen's books would be enjoyed by and are suitable for teens as well as adults).
cathymeCC More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of this author's works for the most part ... but i'd have to classify this one as my favorite. Her characters were real and textured...complex without being exasperating. The story was well crafted and i thought very well told. Good pacing throughout. I would've loved if it had been longer...but i guess she had a story to tell...told it...then ended it. All around great spring read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved, LOVED, all of Sarah Addison's books and this newest is no different! I love the mystique/magical aspect that she spins in all of her novels. She makes me fall in love with not only the story line and characters, but the description of where her stories take place as well. Every time I read one of her novels I want to book a vacation to another part of North Carolina!
Ankielsgirl More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms Addison Allen has given us another magical tale. I felt like I was in the story along with Willa and Paxton. Ms Allen has become one of my favorite authors,I'll be waiting for the next adventure.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE PEACH KEEPER by Sarah Addison Allen is an amazing romance/suspense set in present day Walls of Water,North Carolina.The plot is easy to follow,well written with a touch of magic,a lot of friendship,romance,love and century old secrets. While secrets are buried not only above ground but also below ground.When a skeleton is found buried beneath the century old Blue Ridge Madam property,Willa and Paxton are thrusted together to uncover the truths that has transcended not only time but also the hearts and souls of the living. Friendship grows,and hearts open up as century old secrets are revealed. The characters are quirky,charming and will capture your heart. This is not only the tale of friendship but also the tale of mystery,suspense,along romance and unshakable bonds that are strong thru bad times and good. From one generation to the next and can endure forever.That is a true friendship. This a true Southern fiction with a touch of magic and a strong friendship.Anyone interested in North Carolina author,mystery,suspense,magic,strong friendships,romance,and buried secrets this is the book for you.A great read that will leave you wanting more from this author.This book was received for the purpose of review from Library Thing and the publisher and details can be found at Bantam dell,an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group and My Book Addiction Reviews.