Review: The Peach Keeper, Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach Keeper, Sarah Addison Allen
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.

Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah Addison Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature -- because, as she puts it, "I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate." For more information on Sarah Addison Allen visit

I thought I was going to pick up a nice mystery novel with a little magic. What I picked up felt more like a romance novel. The mystery was just passing by while the story paid more attention to  two woman finally finding some love in their lives. Still I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
The story is told from different point of views with Willa's being the most important. There is enough information on all characters to form an idea on their looks and characteristics. It is easy to connect to them too, you are not forced on the main character. There was a moment when I had the feeling Colin was not sincere and had other plans for Willa. That feeling still lingers a bit
The storyline, as pointed out already, surprised me I expected it to be about the haunted house and things happening there. Still it became clear very quick the author choose another path and it was not disturbing. Three stars for the Peach Keeper, nice, quick and entertaining read.

The Peach Keeper
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group (Bantam)
ISBN-10: 0553908138
ISBN-13: 9780553908138
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Random House (US) Trade Paperback

3 stars

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30 October, 2012 delete

I've ony read one of SAA's books and that was The Girl Who Chased the Moon which was good and your review reminded me of the one I wrote for that one. Great review! +New GFC follower!
-Kimberly @ Turning the Pages