The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper

Book - 2011
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Returning to the hometown of her youth after a failed marriage, Willa struggles to find her place in a community where she no longer feels like she belongs, uncovers a sixty-year family feud, and falls for a strangely secretive man.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780553807226
Branch Call Number: FIC Alle
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm


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JCLSamS Jul 06, 2020

A light, breezy read for a lazy afternoon or a sunny visit to the park. While the main premise follows a small-town shopkeeper finding love, the true heart of the story is in exploring the bonds of womanhood and female friendship. As with other Allen reads, expect some small-town Southern charm, cozy romance, and a little bit of magic.

CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 12, 2017

Willa Jackson’s family no longer owns their ancestral home, The Blue Ridge Madam. But when an old high school classmate plans to restore it, a skeleton - and secrets - are unearthed.

ArapahoeKati Apr 03, 2017

Gorgeously written with a bit of magic and drama. Try this if you liked "Practical Magic."

Mar 26, 2017

charming story and an easy relaxing read with a bit of magic, mystery and romance written in

ArapahoeKayla Nov 09, 2016

The perfect pick up for vacation, relaxing and easy to get into read. Allen knows just how to write the perfect comfort 'food for thought' novel and this one definitely keeps in that style. The characters were easy to get attached to and the mysterious plot with a dash of magic thrown in kept me wanting more. Pick this up if your in the mood for an effortlessly good story to enjoy.

Aug 05, 2015

The Peach Keeper touches on many of this author’s preferred themes of loss, regret, and choices not made. She does remind the reader that it’s wise to remain open to new experiences cause one never knows what is just around the corner. I look forward to reading this author and even though this one wasn’t one of my favourites, it was still a delightful read.

Aug 04, 2015

A delightful sunny summer romance filled with magic, mystery, love and friendship.

wordbaker Jul 07, 2014

this was cute, but not as good as her previous books.

aisha65 Jul 01, 2014

I wasn't thrilled with this book, I did enjoy two of her others.

Aug 07, 2013

I loved this novel, which seems so simple but tackles such universal concepts of becoming oneself. Maybe it's the timing (like the main characters, I'm also 30), but the concepts of being yourself vs being what others expect of you, and how to tell the difference, really resonated with me. Underneath all of that is a tender love story, a tale of true friendship, a reverence for the mysteries of history, and magic. Unlike most of Allen's books, magic is not a benign or positive presence here, either. The locale is less of a featured character, and more of a catalyst, making this book seem like a unique break-out for Allen.

I would definitely recommend it for lovers of fiction, "chick lit", mystery/magic, those seeking identity, and people who want to be inspired to go visit North Carolina.

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Nov 16, 2011

p. 246 ... "How people choose to live their lives, and who they fall in love with, should never HAVE to be defended."

Nov 16, 2011

p 215... Back then, I needed to break free of some things, too. I needed to stop bieng what everyone thought I was. But there will always be a little bit of the Freak in me. It's part of who I am."
She'd always thought of Sebastian as the master of reinvention. But she now realized that he hadn't reinvented himself at all. He'd BECOME himself. "How did you come to terms with it?"
"We are who we are. It's surprising how little say we have in it. Once you accept that, the rest is easy."


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Nov 16, 2011

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