Waiting on Wednesday: The Peach Keeper

This week, I have decided to participate in the Waiting on Wednesday meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine. It is a weekly post, where I spotlight a book that I am eagerly waiting to read. I found myself thinking about this book after I reviewed The Girl Who Chased the Moon on Monday, and could not get it out of my head. I cannot wait to read it! Therefore:

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fiction, Magical-Realism
Publication: 3.22.2011
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.

Now, tell me that doesn't sound enticing! I have become quite the fan of Sarah Addison Allen's books, and  am waiting, waiting, waiting, for this one to be published. Too bad I have to wait until March! :(

What book are you waiting to read?

Edit: Just wanted to mention that: yes, I went and got Across the Universe as early as I could yesterday morning, and am already half-way through. The book is good. Real good! I have moved my previously planned post for tomorrow, and unless something in the world goes wrong, I will have a review of ATU up instead. :)


  1. oow,they combined romance and mystery. Reminds me for some books I like. Lovely cover.
    Nice pick

  2. YES! Me too, me too! And, so glad you're participating!

  3. I read Garden Spells last year and really liked it. Hope you enjoy this one when it comes out in March :)

  4. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/waiting-on-wednesday_12.html

  5. Great selection!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  6. I been wanting to read Garden Spells heard great things about it so- I know I want to read this one as well.

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  7. Thanks for visiting, everyone! I'm so glad you stopped by!

    Aleetha: Yes, I like the cover too!

    Jill: Thank YOU for hosting it!

    The Book Girl: Thank you! I'm glad you liked Garden Spells. It is my favorite of all of them.

    Tribute Books Mama: Visited! I love those dogs on the book cover!

    Moonlight gleam: Thanks for stopping by! I paid you a visit as well. :)

    BLHmistress: I hope you do! And I would love to know what you think of it if you do. :)

  8. This sounded so good that I went in search of a book by Sarah Addison Allen to read. I downloaded Garden Spells and will give it a try. Sounds really good. Thanks for introducing me to a new author.
    love your blog

  9. Jean, I am so glad you are reading Garden Spells! It is my favorite of all her books, and I really hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by!


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