Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Peach Keeper

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by
Jill @ Breaking the Spine. I haven’t done this meme in a while because I wasn’t sure of any new books out that I’d be head over heels for. Then I saw that Sarah Addison Allen had a new book that came out last week!

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 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.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.

The reviews look so promising and I happen to be a fan of Garden Spells. I love the way Allen weaves magic into all her stories! What are you Waiting on this Wednesday??


  1. I've had this on my TBR list for a while now, and even almost picked it up at the bookstore a few days ago. But I found something else I'd been wanting more, so this has to wait a little while longer. But I loved The Sugar Queen, so I'm sure I'll love any book written by Sarah Addison Allen. Great choice this week!

    Here's mine!

  2. I just started reading this as I am a huge Sarah Addision Allen fan...My favorite so far was The Girl Who Chased The Moon. So far I have burned several dinners and have dark circles under my eyes because I can't put this book down.

  3. Wow! This book sounds amazing. I haven't read any of Allen's works before - is there one you'd recommend I start with, or just go in the deep end with this one?


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