Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen

Willa Jackson lives in Walls of Water in North Carolina, USA. Historically her family was one of the wealthiest in town, through the logging industry, but once this died down, things changed, and her grandmother Georgie ended up as a maid to the new rich families in town. The Women's Society Club was co founded by Georgie, but Willa is not a part of this in the present day. The Blue Ridge Madam is the name of a grand old house built by Willa's great great grandfather, empty for years but now saved from disrepair by Paxton Osgood, daughter of a well to do family and current president of the Women's Society Club. Her twin brother Colin is back in town to help the landscaping to finish off the renovations of the Blue Ridge Madam. It is 75 years since the founding of the Society and there is to be a gala to celebrate. Then a skeleton is found under the peach tree by the house, and other, hidden events from 75 years ago are uncovered.

This novel is an enjoyable, likeable, escapist read. It has special magical elements and it contains whispers and secrets. There is romance, a magical man from the past who may or may not be all that he seems, and the blossoming of new unlikely friendships as the main characters change and discover new sides to themselves. It's a lovely, undemanding, entertaining read. 


Published in the UK by Hodder and available now.


  1. Sounds just my type of book Lins - thanks for your review (but it means another added to the wishlist haha) x

  2. This sounds like a lovely read! I enjoyed her first three though none so much as Garden Spells!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  3. Thanks Shaz, it's a nice magical read, sorry to add to wishlist! :)

    Melissa hope you like this one too. I am due to read Garden Spells this year as part of your challenge!

  4. I'm so glad this is available in the UK now - I'm number 3 on the hold list for my library, can't wait to get my hands on it :)


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