I highly recommend this lovely novel from one of my favorite authors!
Whenever I introduce Sarah Addison Allen's books to my friends, I describe her writing as "Light, entertaining, well-written, and always with a touch of magic." The magic is Allen's signature, brought into her novels with such a light brushstroke, adding to the quality of the main story without pushing its way to center stage. No witches, vampires or faeries! Just a touch...and always in subtle and unexpected places.
When The Peach Keeper came into my house, all other books took a backseat. I couldn't wait to open it, was instantly surrounded with the scent of peaches, and I was sad to see it end. Coming in at under 300 pages, Allen manages to fill her pages with a story across generations, highlighting the magic of love and friendship...and and a 75 year old secret.
The Peach Keeper is a heartwarming story centered around two women - Willa and Paxton. Willa was the rebel in high school, the jokester, the girl who couldn't wait to get out of her hometown and explore the world. Her reality came crashing down when her father passed away and she decided to come back to Walls of Water, North Carolina. Now she lives a quiet life running a sportswear store and cafe. Paxton is a society girl still living in her parent's home, chairing fundraisers and galas, yet never allowing herself the freedom to make her own decisions.
The two women come together to form an unlikely friendship, similar to that of their own grandmothers, while finding love and passion that had been missing from their lives.
I don't want to give too much away, but there is friendship, romance, mystery, and, of course, Sarah Addison Allen's signature touch of magic. She did not disappoint her fans with The Peach Keeper!
If I may add a personal note to Sarah, who is currently battling breast cancer: Your books are a gift, and the only thing I can think of to return such a gift is to offer you my thoughts and my prayers. May your friends, your family and God give you love, support and strength. I'm looking forward to your happy ending!