Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (2/5 stars).

Title: The Peach Keeper
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Date Published: 10 January 2012
Genre: Chick lit/Magic Realism
Paperback: 304 pages
Rating: 2/5 stars
From the book cover:

"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 during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town."

I fell in love with Allen's The Girl Who Chased the Moon and I picked up all her other books and read The Peach Keeper first. The Peach Keeper wasn't bad at all but it didn't have the magic that The Girl Who Chased the Moon had over me. The Girl Who Chased the Moon had me on an emotional roller coaster and I was hoping The Peach Keeper to be something special too but I didn't enjoy reading it as much. 

The story had amazing strong women: Willa, Paxton, Agatha, and Georgie, tied with a theme of friendship, of sticking up for each other with some romantic tension for Willa and Paxton but although I find all the other stories charming, only Agatha and Georgie's story touched me (although it was predictable). I feel like my review is a bit short but I guess that's because I'd be giving away the big reveal if I talk about what I liked about it, which was a small chapter in the end. Willa and Paxton are thirty year old women who haven't come to terms with who they were in high school. Willa is still trying to escape her wild Joker high school self and Paxton who never got her independence is still trying to escape her mother. Their stories needed more depth. And even the magic realism, which I've come to love from Allen, feels disconnected from the mystery of the Peach tree.

Nevertheless, a lighthearted story set in the enthralling South, Allen's beautiful way with words, and the brisk pacing makes The Peach Keeper a delightful afternoon company. 

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  2. Great review :)
    I've never read this author yet though everyone kees raving about how good of an author she is it's really nice to find a lower rating of the book and see what I may not like about it when I do give it a try.
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