Apr 18, 2013

A to Z - The Peach Keeper

Welcome to A to Z! This year, I'm highlighting women's fiction books (and probably instilling a decent amount of cover love in the process).

P is for The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen. 


Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.


This is a very lovely book. The setting shows the southern lives without being cliche, the characters (all the generations of them) were so well developed that I really think if they were to walk into the room, I would know them immediately. I loved this book, and have since started another by Allen which I'm finding I love as much. 

Do you like books from certain locations? Can you think of a story that develops stereotypes without being cliche?

8 comments :

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

A lovely title excellently reviewed.

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Avoiding the cliche southern stereotype is an accomplishment.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I do like books that are from certain geographic regions. Adding this to my list, durn you. I just can't resist some of these titles you're highlighting.

ilima said...

What a gorgeous cover!

Leslie said...

Such a pretty cover and the title makes me want to pick it up today! That, plus the description, lol. Thanks for sharing - I'll be adding that to my to-read list.

Jai said...

Sounds interesting. I like the cover a lot.

Julie Luek said...

I think I've seen this book aroun, may have to check it out more closely. I love a book that can explore a unique culture without falling for the easy stereotypes.

Robin said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover. And I'm a southern belle (currently implanted in CA) so reading a bit of home would do me some good. Adding to TBR