Tuesday, January 24, 2012

the peach keeper

The Peach KeeperThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"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."

This book met all my expectation. Why? Because I have read ALL Sarah Addison Allen's books and when you read an authors book, the book will speak to you back. The Peach Keeper was that book. It was a combination of everything - a fruit is concerned, with touch of coffee and its meaning as one of the main thing in the book.

But it also has the similarity towards where sweet tooth was an adorable character, friendship was beyond boundaries where you could never guessed who was going to be your friend, and a guy didn't have to be good looking and popular for you to admire.

In other words, the imperfection made the book perfect; just like the other books before this.

This book had also made me glued to the sofa and eventually forgotten my dinner. Well, we had one of my favourite dish (asam pedas) but since the book was too hot for me to stop, I ate the "peaches" out of the book first before I enjoyed what was in the precious platter.

It was also a good thing to read about my favourite character called Bay in Garden Spell. It made me wanted to read Garden Spell again. Well, Garden Spell actually brought me towards this high interest. I bought all three of Sarah Addison Allen's books from Kak Ida of BoooksofCharity. When Kak Ida was telling me that it would take some time for the book to reach Malaysia and for it to be sold at a cheaper price, I had actually given up hope.

I went to Kinokuniya several times and was dissapointed with RM99.50 for a price of the hardcover version. But things were redeemed once I surfed Kinokuniya's website again. It was sold at RM31.90 with 20% discount. So, it only cost me around RM25; which was quite cheap.

I started 2 days after buying the book but I managed to finish it in time; and with a smile on my face:)

It was a good thing. So please read.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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