Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Review: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Book: The Peach Keeper
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Pages:273 Pages
Format: Paperback

This was the final book by Sarah Addison Allen that I had to read. I expected great things from this book because it spoke of murder and family secrets and childhood romance, and I was excited. And as great as it was, it ended up being my least favourite of all of them.

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.
Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.
Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.
Sarah Addison Allen's writing was a shining light in this book. Her writing gets more and more beautiful the more I read her. She is able to place me into this wonderful world she has created with only the description of mocha brownies and peach trees. She has a true gift with words. And that was probably my favourite part about this entire novel. The imagery is spectacular and the way that she is able to write makes it seem like she is wielding words to fit her liking. And dear God do I want her powers.
Her characters were, as always great. They are strong in their own way and they have these weaknesses that make them relatable and more human than I've ever read about. Also, some of the characters from Garden Spells, my favourite of her books, showed up in this one and trust me, I got excited. Willa was an amazing protagonist, having great inner monologue and it was interesting to see how she made decisions and the reasoning behind it. Also, the grandmothers were hilarious and wonderful.
I really have nothing more to say about this one. I liked it, but it wasn't her best. It didn't have that spark that Sarah Addison Allen's other books had, but I still liked it. It was nothing like Garden Spells though. XD
4/5 stars.

1 comment :

  1. Love your review!!! It sounds like a really good book!!! :)