Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: The Peach Keeper

Title The Peach Keeper
By Sarah Addison Allen
Genre Adult magic realism
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Descended from a once wealthy family, Willa still calls Walls of Water home but knows her life is very different than her grandmother's used to be. The mansion Willa's family once owned is being restored to its former glory by Paxton Osgood, an old high school classmate who's family is still wealthy. Paxton intends to make it a high class inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath an old peach tree on the property, Willa and Paxton will learn about their families history and be drawn together to solve the mystery.

First Sentence
The day Paxton Osgood took the box of heavy-stock, foil-lined envelopes to the post office, the ones she'd had a professional calligrapher address, it began to rain so hard the air turned as white as bleached cotton.

I love Allen's books. Just look at that first sentence. You just know it's going to be a good book, right?  My life's been so nuts and stressful right now I needed some of Allen's magic to comfort me. While this one wasn't quite as wonderful as some of her other books, I still found myself happily and dreamily turning pages while I tuned out my crappy life.

The underlying message I took away from this one was pretty awesome. I loved its take on women's relationships and how they usually look and how they could look. It was just beautiful.

The story seemed a little light to me. There wasn't much substance to it. And it was short. Less than three hundred pages but in the end I wasn't bothered by any of that.

So while, I wasn't blown away, It was still a lovely story that was just what I needed.

Should you read it
If you've never read and Allen book before this wouldn't be the first book I'd recommend you try but, yes, it's a lovely story.


  1. I love Allen's writing; this particular novel wasn't my favorite either, but still a good read. It's been awhile since I've read any of her books; she's probably written some I haven't read yet. Hmm...I should go check. :D

    1. She's a slow writer. This one wasn't amazing but I enjoyed it.

  2. I feel sad I've never read Allen before.

  3. I read one of her other books and enjoyed it. I've to check out her other books as well considering how much I love her writing.

  4. I still haven't read a book by Allen. I need to, but I think I'll start with GARDEN SPELLS.

    1. That one is a favorite of a lot of people. Good choice to start with.

  5. I've never heard of this author before. Also, I'm not quite sure I know what "magical realism" is.

    1. Ha ha. It's where there's just a hint of magic in the otherwise normal as we know it world.

  6. I'm sorry you've felt the need to tune life out! I know it can be stressful, but tomorrow is always better. There's also always another book to get lost in just in case it isn't!

    I haven't read anything by this author, but I'm thinking I might need to. :)

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