TITLE: The Peach Keeper
AUTHOR: Sarah Addison Allen
PUBLISHER: Bantam Books
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2011
TYPE: Paperback; 273 pages
GENRE: Magical Realism, Women’s Fiction
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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.
Don’t let the rating fool you, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t what I would call riveting or even a real page turner, however, it was cute and I enjoyed it.
In the first chapter we read that Paxton Osgood has sent Willa an invitation and Willa doesn’t want anything to do with her but it isn’t until later that she reveals why. When she does it seems a sad excuse for such a strong dislike. That felt like it was overplayed to create a tension that didn’t really climax at all during the book.
Surprisingly, I did find myself relating to Paxton Osgood, the “perfectionist” in the story, if you will. I felt she was written very well with good attention to the psychology behind her actions and emotions.
Overall, it was a cute, easy beach read and I will read more Sarah Addison Allen.