The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Set in Walls of Water, North Carolina,The Peach Keeper: A Novel, by Sarah Addison Allen is a lovely piece of Southern literature. The setting and character details are true to Southern life, and are not overwhelming. The story is mainly about Willa Jackson and Paxton Osgood, two life-long residents of the town. Even though they went to high school together, the women aren't exactly friends - Paxton is from a rich family and is consumed with the Women's Society Club. She lives in her parent's pool house, and is expected at dinner every night. Willa's family, on the other hand, lost their fortune in the 30's and she is currently a reformed prankster who owns her own business and lives in her deceased father's house.
Through the course of the novel, Willa and Paxton develop a friendship as they investigate a mystery surrounding the Blue Ridge Madam - the mansion that Willa's family once owned. They also discover the true purpose behind the club, true love, and inner truths that they had not been able to accept before.
The novel is well-written and engaging, but rather anti-climactic in the end. Even so, it was a nice read that can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys not only Southern literature, but stories of women's friendships as well.
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