The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Jun 23, 2011

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen, author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon and Garden Spells, takes us this time to Walls of Water, North Carolina, which is famous for its waterfalls and the fog that they bring to the town.  Walls of Water is a small town that caters to the tourists that come to hike the trails and see the waterfalls.  Many of the families have lived in Walls for several generations.  Willa Jackson is a decendent of one of these families.  The Jackson family once the "leading" family of Walls met with financial ruin when the logging industry had dried up.  Willa and her grandmother "Georgie" are the only two surviving Jacksons in Walls of Water.

The Jackson family home, an antebellum mansion known as The Blue Ridge Madam seated atop Jackson Hill, was lost to the family for failure to pay taxes.  Georgie, at the time a pregant teen was left behind in Walls of Water and taken in by her best friend Agatha Osgood.  Georgie and Agatha were founding members of the Women's Society Club.  Now, 75 years later, Agatha's granddaughter, Paxton Osgood, is the president of the Women's Society Club and the Osgood family has purchased and restored the Blue Ridge Madam to it's former glory.  Paxton Osgood as president of the Society Club is planning a big 75th anniversary celebration. 

Much mystery and superstition surround the Blue Ridge Madam and the Women's Society Club has lost its original focus of supporting each other to competing with each other over how much money each can raise for charity and who can hold the best meeting in their home.  While Willa and Paxton reconnect, they discover that something mysterious and sinister happened at the Blue Ridge Madam 75 years ago and only Agatha and Georgie know the whole story.  Find out what happened and if Willa and Paxton can find the same kind of friendship their grandmother's had in The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.

Reviewed by Lisa J.
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