About The Peach Keeper
Publisher: Bantam (March 22, 2011)
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.
Learn more about The Peach Keeper on Sarah’s website, www.sarahaddisonallen.com.
Discussion questions for The Peach Keeper can be found HERE.
Allen juggles smalltown history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama. The underlying tension will please and unnerve readers, as well as leave them eager for Allen’s next.
About Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times Bestselling author of Garden Spells (2007) The Sugar Queen (2008) The Girl Who Chased the Moon (2010) and the upcoming The Peach Keeper (2011). She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
Connect with Sarah on her website, www.sarahaddisonallen.com, her Facebook page, and Twitter.
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Wednesday, April 13th: Knowing the Difference
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Monday, April 18th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, April 19th: Book Reviews by Molly
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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
Friday, April 29th: A Fair Substitute for Heaven
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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: 2 Kids and Tired
Friday, May 20th: In the Next Room