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ISBN13: 9780553807226
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

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.

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"At 30, Willa Jackson returns to her small Southern hometown, Walls of Water, N.C., in the wake of a failed marriage to her college sweetheart. She's determined now to lead the quiet life she believes her father wants her to have, but is soon derailed by the wealthy and powerful Osgoods, the family that shaped her high school experience. The Jacksons were also wealthy once, until the logging industry failed, and Willa's teenage grandmother went to work as a maid for the Osgoods. Paxton Osgood, Willa's counterpart, has everything Willa envies — wealth, beauty and a sense of belonging — but Paxton hides a deep loneliness and discontent. To further complicate Willa's unrest, Paxton's brother, Colin, fled town years before but has returned and become an irresistible force in Willa's life. When a skeleton that holds the secret to both the Osgood and Jackson family fortunes is discovered at the Jackson family's old estate, long-held beliefs are likely to be overturned. Allen (The Girl Who Chased the Moon) juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. The underlying tension will please and unnerve readers, as well as leave them eager for Allen's next. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Sarah Addison Allen is the author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Garden Spells, and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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corr, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by corr)
I can't get enough of Sarah Addison Allen's stories. Her ability to create characters that are so real and relatable is refreshing, you feel like you know them and in some ways you do. They are embodiments of our best friends and neighbors, co-workers and family. The Peach Keeper takes multiple people, each on a journey of self discovery, through tales from the past and expectations for the future and expertly allows them to make the choices that will bring their story forward. The hint of magic that graces each of her novels felt less pronounced in this story, but still enhanced the flashbacks that occur. My favorite aspect of this novel and all her novels for that matter are the female friendships. I feel like we get inundated with the image of female friendships being catty and backstabbing, but in reality they are supportive and loyal. Addison Allen really gives a true look at friendship as it should be and holds female friendships up to the light for a clear look at kindness and sisterhood. Her books are a feel good read to be enjoyed over a cup of coffee and shared with your friends.
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Jacquelyn Broach, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Jacquelyn Broach)
Another fabulous book by Sarah Addison Allen. I loved the mix of mystery, magic and romance, and it kept me guessing until the very end. I can't recommend this one enough!
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The Book Goddess, November 19, 2011 (view all comments by The Book Goddess)
I just love this author and was so excited when this latest book came out. The story is written in that whimsical, mystical style that you come to expect from this author...but the story fell a bit flat for me in places. The interactions between Willa and Colin weren't as magnetic as I have come to expect from this author; however, I thought she did a fantastic job with Sebastian and Paxton's story. Also, Sarah's books tend to have a little mystery to them but this one just seemed a bit obvious and bit too easily wrapped up. Though it wasn't my favorite Sarah Addison Allen book, it was still a solid story and I look forward to seeing what she is going to write next.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553807226
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Allen, Sarah Addison
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Romance - General
Publication Date:
20110322
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 x 1.05 in 0.9 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At 30, Willa Jackson returns to her small Southern hometown, Walls of Water, N.C., in the wake of a failed marriage to her college sweetheart. She's determined now to lead the quiet life she believes her father wants her to have, but is soon derailed by the wealthy and powerful Osgoods, the family that shaped her high school experience. The Jacksons were also wealthy once, until the logging industry failed, and Willa's teenage grandmother went to work as a maid for the Osgoods. Paxton Osgood, Willa's counterpart, has everything Willa envies — wealth, beauty and a sense of belonging — but Paxton hides a deep loneliness and discontent. To further complicate Willa's unrest, Paxton's brother, Colin, fled town years before but has returned and become an irresistible force in Willa's life. When a skeleton that holds the secret to both the Osgood and Jackson family fortunes is discovered at the Jackson family's old estate, long-held beliefs are likely to be overturned. Allen (The Girl Who Chased the Moon) juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. The underlying tension will please and unnerve readers, as well as leave them eager for Allen's next. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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