The Peach Keeper
Sarah Addison Allen
Published by Bantam, who sent me an ARC, so that I could participate in a TLC tour…thank you!
I’ve gushed over Sarah Addison Allen in the past, and I’m going to do it again. There’s just something about her books. They’re sweet, but they also have little hints of darkness. They’re realistic, but they also have hints of magic strewn about (my favorite will always be the magical books in The Sugar Queen). They’re just damn good reads, and they always come along at a time when I need them. They’re the type of book you can sink into, and not surface from until you’ve finished…feeling both happy from the story and sad that it’s all over.
Allen’s latest focuses on the importance of friendship. Paxton and Willa went to high school together, but were never friends. They exist in totally separate social classes and circles. Paxton has spent the past year overseeing the renovation of what was, at one time, Willa’s grandmother’s home, back when Willa’s family was The Family in town. When a long buried secret surfaces, Willa and Paxton find themselves tossed together. And as all sorts of other secrets and desires come tumbling out around them, the two women start to forge a friendship. At the same time, the strong friendship between their grandmothers is slowly revealed. And everyone learns some Valuable Life Lessons in the best possible way. I know, it doesn’t sound all that special when I try to describe it, but Willa and Paxton (and Colin and Sebastian) really come to life, with their insecurities and their desires. I loved them all.
Also. Be sure to stare at the cover when you’re finished, like I just did, and you’ll find the tree that is easily overlooked when you just glance at the picture. I love that ghostly image, especially since there’s a peach tree and an oak tree that play important roles in the story.
Also also. Pleeeeeeeeease go check out this essay on Allen’s website, and you’ll get a sense of why I love her writing so much.
Many thanks to Lisa at TLC for thinking of me when she was putting together this tour, because she remembered how much I adore Allen’s books! Be sure to stop by the rest of the tour stops and see what everyone else thinks about The Peach Keeper…
- Wednesday, April 13th: Knowing the Difference
- Friday, April 15th: Peeking Between the Pages
- Monday, April 18th: Bewitched Bookworms
- Tuesday, April 19th: Book Reviews by Molly
- Wednesday, April 20th: A Few More Pages
- Thursday, April 21st: Sara’s Organized Chaos
- Friday, April 22nd: Life in Review
- Monday, April 25th: The Broke and the Bookish
- Tuesday, April 26th: Life in the Thumb
- Wednesday, April 27th: Crazy for Books
- Thursday, April 28th: A Fair Substitute for Heaven
- Monday, May 2nd: Fizzy Thoughts
- Tuesday, May 3rd: Coffee and a Book Chick
- Wednesday, May 4th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
- Thursday, May 5th: Alison’s Book Marks
- Friday, May 6th: Bookfoolery and Babble
- Monday, May 9th: A Library of My Own
- Tuesday, May 10th: Teresa’s Reading Corner
- Wednesday, May 11th: Unabridged Chick
- Monday, May 16th: A Bookshelf Monstrosity
- Wednesday, May 18th: Two Kids and Tired
- Friday, May 20th: In the Next Room