I have read every book by Sarah Addison Allen so you will know that I was anxiously awaiting this newest novel. I read Ms. Allen's first book, Garden Spells with my book club and fell in love with her lyrical and magical writing. (read my review here). I've read the rest of Ms. Allen's books including The Sugar Queen (read my review here) as well as The Girl Who Chased the Moon (read my review here) and I loved them all. The Peach Keeper is no exception, it was another winner for me.
In The Peach Keeper, we are taken to Water Falls, North Carolina and meet a great cast of characters with a history of secrets that are unfolded as the story is told. The story is set around "The Blue Ridge Madam" a mansion that was built by Willa Jackson's family who were once well-to-do but they lost the mansion in hard times and amongst deep secrets. The house is being restored and some of the deep secrets are unearthed that have been hidden away for years. Of course, there is added romance, great characters, magic and charm along with food and this makes for a successful blend of ingredients in a novel. There is delicious sounding food and recipes (go here for Rachel's coffee snacks) and Rachel's interesting ability to determine what your choice of coffee says about you. The Peach Keeper doesn't have as much magic as Ms. Allen's previous novels but there is much magical charm sifting through the pages. The Peach Keeper is haunting and full of charm and mystery. Ms. Allen is gifted with that magical formula in her novels that will pull you in and you will be anxiously awaiting her next novel...as am I.
You can read an excerpt from The Peach Keeper, here.
Check out Sarah Addison Allen's Website, here.
I won a copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.