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The Peach Keeper

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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 Souther
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Hardcover, US, 273 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Bantam (first published 2011)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This wasn't terrible, but it lacks that spark of magic Allen's readers have grown to love. Late in the book there's a chapter called "The Joker, the Stick Man, the Princess, and the Freak." That should have been the book's title. There's not really anything about "peach keeping" in the story except one little thing near the end that feels like it was tossed in to justify the title.

The story's about four thirty-year-olds who finally come to terms with high school pettiness and decide to get on w
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K
Apr 13, 2011 K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nicer people than me
I guess the only thing more predictable than this book was my reaction to it. Once again I let myself be fooled by a high goodreads rating despite the fact that Winter Garden and lots of other dumb (or mostly dumb) chicklit books had high ratings as well. I should have known when I saw there was magic realism which I almost never enjoy(it usually feels like a deux ex machina to me), though all the goodreads reviewers said there was less of it here than in Sarah Addison Allen's other books so I h ...more
Dee
Apr 05, 2011 Dee rated it liked it
There is just something about Sarah Addison Allen's writing that makes you fall in love with reading all over again. In the Peach Keeper, her fourth book, Allen takes us back to North Carolina and to the town of Walls of Water. Paxton Osgood has been working to restore the Blue Bridge Madam, a local inn, to its former glory. Willa Jackson is, while not an outcast, one of the unique characters that show up in small Southern towns. While they grew up together and attended school together, they nev ...more
Angie
Mar 23, 2011 Angie rated it it was amazing
Confession: I sent my husband out last night to retrieve this book for me while I made dinner for the kids and tried to breathe deeply. This pregnancy . . .it palls, you guys. The thing is, he was happy to do it and even (after some creative detective work) snagged the very last copy at our local bookstore! I was incredibly relieved. Because all I wanted to do last night, after dinner and talking to my two squirts, and reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with Will, was get comfortable o ...more
Britany
May 08, 2016 Britany rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Willa Jackson and Paxton Osgood come together to honor their grandmothers. Along the way they find a mysterious murder, what your coffee order says about you, and most importantly- themselves. Sarah Addison Allen always introduces a number of interesting characters and we even got a glimpse of the Waverlys catering a party- which was a nice surprise. My favorite parts about this one was the Blue Ridge Madam- the house that Willa & Paxton fix up, and the coffee shop where the barista discover ...more
Lynda
Sep 30, 2012 Lynda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen was like a beautiful pie with a golden brown crust that just invites you to slice into it and enjoy a piece. Unfortunately, once the first bite has been taken you find yourself chewing and chewing waiting for a burst of juicy fruit or a satisfying custard filling but instead finding a lot of puff pastry and air.
I really, really wanted to read this novel, expecting a driving plot or strong character development that fleshes out the subplot of love, friendsh
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Barbara
Apr 01, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Sarah Addison Allen writes magic: her stories are full of strong Southern women, sweetness and secrets. In The Peach Keeper: A Novel, she once again weaves a wonderful tale of two Southern women, distant in the present but bound together by the past and a powerful secret. Paxton Osgood has spent her life being the girl and then the woman that everyone seemed to expect her to be. Willa Jackson is just the opposite. She defied convention and her grandmother's attempt at a strict upbringing, only t ...more
Lindsay
Jan 09, 2012 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Disappointing.

That's the best word to describe this book. I have read Sarah Addison Allen's previous books, and I have generally enjoyed them. They're basically Alice Hoffman knock-offs, but that's okay, that's what I was looking for. When I read the description for this latest book, I was excited. It sounded like an interesting story, with all the small-town elements I enjoy. And the problem is, the basic plot elements are really interesting: a skeleton found beneath a peach tree on an old dere
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Sheila
May 10, 2016 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
3 stars ("I liked the book")

Sweet. Cozy. Optimistic. Charming. These are the words I would use to describe this fluffy, happy read--the first book by Addison Allen I've read (though it won't be my last). I enjoy these family-secrets novels, where everything works out in the end, generations come together, and everyone learns to love and understand each other. I thought the magical realism seemed tacked on and unnecessary (though I do normally enjoy magical realism), but no complaints otherwise.
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Angela
Well, I have officially read all of Ms. Allen's novels and I must admit to being a wee bit sad there are no more left to read. Her stories have a special kind of magic to them, a combination of bitter and sweet, dark and light that is done so seamlessly I am in awe of her.

While her books are not perfection (but honestly, what book is truly perfection?) the way they make me feel when I read them takes my breath away. I long to live in the world she's created, to eat flowers that will make me fal
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Julie
Jun 21, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok
I really disliked this book. That said, I really enjoyed Addison Allen's other titles, but this one read too chick-lit-ish for me. I didn't feel like Colin, Paxton, or Willa were as interesting as her usual characters, nor did I feel like their problems were very difficult or compelling. I mean, Colin felt like his youth was rough because his friends considered him to be tightly wound? How horrible. And what were Paxton's reasons for staying in her parents' house so long? I didn't feel like we u ...more
Rachel
Feb 17, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok
My son told me a story about a spider and a ladybug, and how he squashed the spider because it was icky and it bites, but he let the ladybug crawl across a toy at the toy store instead. That story was ten times more riveting than this one, and the language in it was far more believable than the language in The Peach Keeper. Some of the events are interesting - like when the ladies' club meeting goes horribly wrong because everyone tells the person next to her what she really thinks of her, as if ...more
Arlene
Sep 19, 2015 Arlene rated it really liked it
“…If you’re lucky enough to find [true friendship], you hold on to it, hold on and never let it go…”

The Peach Keeper isn’t the first novel I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing by Sarah Addison Allen. I’ve read The Girl Who Chased the Moon and Garden Spells by her as well. However, I have to say that The Peach Keeper is by far my favorite.

This novel takes place in Walls of Water, North Carolina at a time when the Woman’s Society Club is planning their 75 Annual Gala. The Osgood family has decide
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Julie
Why oh why did I take this long to ever read this author??? I absolutely LOVED this book. I am a fan of chick lit and southern fiction and this was the best of both. This will not be the last I read of Sarah Addison Allen.....
Gina
Another magical masterpiece by Sarah Addison Allen! This Southern gothic mystery set in the beautiful yet mystical Walls of Water, a fictional small town in North Carolina. It is the perfect setting with its lush greenery and fog that can be captured in a jar for this magical realism novel filled with the paranormal events after the body of Tucker Devlin is unearthed during the renovation of the Blue Ridge Madam, the former home of Georgie Jackson, the grandmother of Willa one of the main charac ...more
Laura Freed
Mar 27, 2011 Laura Freed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-it-worth-it
Such a great book. As always, Sarah's writing is a treat and she creates characters that draw you in - and even though they are flawed, Sarah gives you a reason to love them.
At the heart of the story we have acceptance - coming to terms with who you are - or who you think you are! Highly recommend.
My only niggling complaint: SPOILER AHEAD - STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE PEACH KEEPER:

It was just sooooo obvious when Willa discovered the newsletters...perhaps even before that, but cert
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Lisa Kay
Audiobook well narrated by Karen White.

Sisterhood is powerful. If you want to read a book about women, friendships, tradition, power, regret, love, loss and finding an enduring strength, this is the book for you. Plus, I love a good murder mystery, especially if a ghost is thrown into the mix.

SAA has a deft hand at writing books for the magical realism genre and I've delighted in most of them, none more than Garden Spells. But this one runs a close second. (Though I have yet to read The Sugar
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Staci
Apr 27, 2011 Staci rated it really liked it
My Thoughts: I have been anxiously waiting for this book to come out! I fell under Sarah's spell when I happened upon "Garden Spells" on my library shelves way back in 2007. After that I have literally gobbled up everything this author has offered and I happy to say that I really enjoyed this one. I actually felt like I was watching a version of "Practical Magic" while I was reading this book. I enjoyed the southern location. What's not to love about the quaint and charming town of Water Falls, ...more
Nikoleta
Τέσσερις διαφορετικοί, νέοι άνθρωποι, που αφήνουν τις καταστάσεις να τους ορίζουν. Τους ανθρώπους, τον τόπο τους, τις αναμνήσεις τους. Είτε συμβιβάζονται και αποδέχονται, είτε τρέχουν να ξεφύγουν, τελικά δεν μπορούν να ξεπεράσουν το Γουόλς οφ Γουότερ και ότι αυτό συμβολίζει. Ένας θαμμένος σκελετός που αποκαλύπτεται με τον ξεριζωμό μιας ροδακινιάς, θα σημάνει την στιγμή που οι καταπιεσμένες ανάγκες τους θα αρχίσουν να βγαίνουν στην επιφάνεια και θα απαιτούν ικανοποίηση. Θα συνειδητοποιήσουν όμως ...more
Janelle
Jun 30, 2013 Janelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, favorites
I'm going to say this is her best book yet. Another romantic and adventuresome story with fantastic writing about magic, mystery, love and friendship. Sarah Addison Allen is so unique; while you can always expect big elements of magic and mystery, each story goes in a direction that is its own fairy tale. Each of her characters have their quirks but you root that the twists and turns in the story will go in their favor and they will have the "happily ever after" ending.

If you have liked SAA's o
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Katie
Mar 25, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
My experience of The Peach Keeper can be compared to going to a bakery to enjoy a dessert. Walking into a library or bookstore gives me a similar joy as walking into a bakery. Picking up this book from the shelf made me happy-- a brand new, fresh smelling, unread book with an uncracked spine and beautiful cover (Book lovers get this)...and entering a bakery with its delicious aromas and pretty treats is just a delight.

Bakeries aren't the places of substantial meals with complex flavors or innov
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mary
Apr 08, 2016 mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Περίμενα ένα μυθιστόρημα μυστηρίου με ρομαντικές προεκτάσεις αλλά τελικά αυτό που διάβασα ήταν μια χλιαρή ιστορία χωρίς καμιά ιδιαίτερα πρωτότυπη πλοκή.Το μυστήριο ήταν πολύ αναμενόμενο και βαρετό και δεν εξελίχθηκε ιδιαίτερα μέσα στο βιβλίο, δεν ήταν καν το κύριο στοιχείο της πλοκής.Το μόνο που μου άρεσε ήταν το ρομάτζο που το βρήκα χαρτωμένο και γλυκό ειδικά μεταξύ του Κόλιν και της Γουίλα.
Diane
Dec 19, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
"If you make room in your life, good things will enter."

What a lovely book! It's the story of two women, Willa and Paxton, who live in a small town in North Carolina. The women have never been friends, but an unearthed mystery and a secret held by their grandmothers will bring them together.

I enjoyed "The Peach Keeper" so much I plan on reading the author's other books.
Laura
Feb 13, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I received an advance reader's edition and I thought I would save it for a day when I needed a read that I knew would be good. I finally caved in yesterday and just read it in one sitting - once I began I couldn't stop.

As with Sarah Addison Allen's other novels, there's an element of magic (in the sense of the fantastical, or fanciful) to the story and in the relationships characters have with one another. In this case, a friendship that's lasted for decades between two elderl
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kari
Sep 26, 2011 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Reading a book by Sarah Addison Allen feels like sitting on the front porch swing of an old house drinking a glass of lemonade (a perfect glass that isn't too sweet or too tart) watching the sun set over the hills until the fireflies begin to wink at the slowly appearing stars.
If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, then I think you'd enjoy this book.
There are some small supernatural elements woven into the story, but don't worry, it isn't a paranormal romance and the slight touches are so de
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Ruth
Sep 04, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
I sat and read this all in one last night. There is something extremely satisfying in reading a book cover to cover in one sitting, even if the book is mediocre at best. Sadly, this description fits The Peach Keeper: mediocre. I say "sadly" because as much as I'm not naturally drawn to chicklit, I do sometimes get in the mood to read from the genre, and when that happens, I check out what my reading girl friends have been nattering about. Recently, The Peach Keeper has been showing up all over m ...more
~Tina~
Apr 10, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
I adored Sarah Addison Allen's The Girl Who Chased the Moon.
So I couldn't wait to read her latest.
The Peach Keeper is a wonderful whimsical and magical story about two different women and an incredible secret that links them.
I love the setting to this story and that the homes feel real with sweet little names. I loved how every character felt unique and added that something special to each role and I loved how Allen can bring mystery and enchantment in slight measures without overwhelming the s
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Marie Clarisse
This book is astounding, it's just truly, truly remarkable and—ugh—I am at loss for words. Definitely one of my favorites.
Angie
Aug 03, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing
Re-read August 2015--perfect sweet, easy book to read while recuperating.
Katherine P
Aug 24, 2015 Katherine P rated it really liked it
Loved! Will post full review at a later time.
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New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.

Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journa
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