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#FlashbackFriday – The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen #Review / #Giveaway

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

This book has been waiting on my TBR bookshelf for way too long. I was happy that a mini-challenge in the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge gave me the opportunity to finally read it.

The Peach Keeper: A Novel
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Setting – North Carolina
Bantam (March 22, 2011)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0553807226
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0553807226
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0553385607
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0553385601
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004HFRJQC

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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The Jacksons and the Osgoods of Walls of Water, North Carolina have a history filled with drama. Financial ruin left the Jackson’s family home in ruin and now the Osgood family is trying to renovate the home into an inn. But bones found when removing an old peach tree open up old wounds and reveal secrets long held by the older generations.

This is the first book I have read by this author. I picked it up several years ago when I saw all the great reviews, but it languished on my To-Be-Read bookshelf until now. While it didn’t blow me away it was still a very good read.

I found the characters to be interesting but wasn’t totally caught up in their lives until later in the story.  Grandmothers, Agatha and Georgie, and the true reason why the Women’s Society Club was formed did grab me along with the way a true friendship was revealed. I understand the reason why the author plotted out the story the way she did but maybe because of my age I was drawn to the older characters.

The younger generation of Paxton, Willa, Colin, and Sebastian had their own set of issues to deal with along with the gala planned to reopen the Blue Ridge Madam. It was the bones that brought Willa and Paxton together in a different way. The mystery that was brought to light made the relationship evolve. The more I read the more these characters grew on me.

In the end, this is a story about family and friendship and the way relationships endure. I am a little confused about the title because for me the book was about so much more.

All in all, The Peach Keeper was an enjoyable read and I am open to reading more by Sarah Addison Allen.

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  About the Author

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Lost Lake, First Frost and Other Birds. She’s sold millions of copies worldwide and her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Whiskers in the Dark:
A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
by Rita Mae Brown


About the Book

Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
28th in Series
Bantam (June 4, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0425287181
ISBN-13: 978-0425287187
Digital ASIN: B07H72MD6Z

Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

A massive nor’easter has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans’ benefit approaches. Harry’s fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Club’s hunting trails, retired foreign services officer Jason Holzknect is found dead, throat slit from ear to ear. Soon enough, another murder in their midst jolts the preparations, convincing Harry that the killer is familiar with the Club—and must be close by, masked in plain sight.

The intrigue extends to the grounds of Harry’s beloved local church, where the identity of an eighteenth-century skeleton wearing precious pearls remains a mystery. The anonymous woman’s neck had been snapped, and marks on the grave where her body was secreted indicate that someone recently tried to remove it, leading Harry to question how well she really knows those around her.

As always, Harry’s crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi share her determination to sniff out the foes among friends, even those long buried. Harry will need her four-legged companions’ help more than ever: a ghostly beagle only they can see may hold the key to the culprit.

Praise for Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
by Rita Mae Brown 

I’m always a huge fan of stories that feature a modern day mystery alongside an unsolved murder from the past, and that’s exactly what we have here . . . Of course, my favorite parts of the book feature conversations among the animal characters.
~Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows

I loved this book from the first to the last page, a truly intriguing and compelling story set between 1787 and the present day.

This was definitely a different spin on the series I’ve read before, but it was a solid and fun read with a bit of history thrown in the mix as well.
~A Chick Who Reads

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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