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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,376 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Addison Allen Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780739368718
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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.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 B | 2/11/2014

    " I can't believe I finished it. At least I tried, right? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley Leitner | 2/10/2014

    " Typical & very predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra Wood | 2/5/2014

    " A good summer read. A young woman, her family and the community take a look into the past while restoring a a mansion. The characters are real as they return and have remained in the small town that formed their early lives. As they go forward with misplaced assumptions and good intentions as the restoration continues they not only find out about the past, but about themselves. A light ghost tale with a wink of an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Kinsley | 2/4/2014

    " I did enjoy it. The plot is not the best, but I liked the characters and the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/31/2014

    " Maybe a 2.5 would be a better rating. It was ok, but just not as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Crowe | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read for a hot summer day. Perfect for the cottage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/22/2014

    " "The Peach Keeper" by Sarah Addison Allen is a sweet easy read. Perfect for winding down after a long day. It has some magical mystery, which makes the story line somewhat suspenseful. A touch of realism makes it interesting and captivating. Vibrant characters take you along on a journey, which, of course, ends in a quite predictable but nonetheless a welcomed sweet & peachy happy end. Pun intended :-) The key message of the book about the value of friendship resonated with my own feelings so much, I teared up at the end... Felt very silly about that, because the book really wasn't THAT profound, but it was well-written - easy to read and to feel engaged, to care for the characters and all the changes in their lives. Pleasant reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brigitte | 1/17/2014

    " I listened to this book CD and skipped tracks when I felt things might get racy. There are swear words in this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Castleman | 1/9/2014

    " I like Allen's way of turning a story into magic with unexpected details and twists in her previous books; but by the end of Peach Keeper I was disappointed. The ending was sadly predictable and she left unexplored opportunities, such as the peach tree, on the table. Not my favorite of her's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 1/1/2014

    " Magical realism. This book is about a "special" peach tree and stories about a family in North Carolina. Read and enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/30/2013

    " FUN READ- light read! Hopeful and fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Cavazos | 12/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Cute story with the reference to the importance of lasting friendships, which in my life tend to get put on the back burner with my focus being on my family so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Lancelotta | 12/25/2013

    " This was a really cute story but a lot of similarities to The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, which I just finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/15/2013

    " This is a more clever Nicholas Sparks' type read. Characters were cute and not too predictable. FYI - There were two scenes I completely skipped. You can see them coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Carnival | 11/28/2013

    " Loved this book, easy to read and follow. The story line was sweet with a little bit of whimsy as are all of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 9/4/2013

    " Not much plot to keep you interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Hartley | 8/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed it! The Peach Keeper was my first novel by this author. And I have fallen in love with her style writing. I can't wait to read another! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Challberg | 8/15/2013

    " A good light read. But it wasn't as good as Garden Spells.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/5/2013

    " cute, light fluff. great for the 'fried green tomatoes' lover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashling | 7/8/2013

    " Such a sweet little story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 5/26/2013

    " A great story about everlasting friendship with characters you can't help but love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 3/28/2013

    " I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. And you want to know what else? I LOVED THIS BOOK!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kia Kofron | 12/23/2012

    " It was okay. Super predictable ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasarah | 12/11/2012

    " Definitely a new favorite. I loved the characters and quotes. Will most likely read her other books. High recommended book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmi | 1/10/2012

    " Another good one. I'm kind of stuck in a Southern pattern. I think I will move north :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela Levine | 11/25/2011

    " Easy fast read - quite predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj Ashley | 10/18/2011

    " I LOVED this book! I never re-read books, but this one is the game changer. I typically read the same style of books when it comes to the writing. This was the first time I read anything by this author, and it was so refreshing to not know exactly how the book was going to be laid out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 9/14/2011

    " Light fiction, but quick to read, with a dash of magical realism. It's set in a small town in the south, and it revolves around women's friendship, town secrets, and the like. Some of the issues around one character's sexual identity seem pretty slim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 6/4/2011

    " I enjoy this author's stories that always have a touch of magic in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 5/25/2011

    " a little too "light and fluffy" for me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 5/24/2011

    " There was a lot of hype at my library about this one...The writing was not extraordinary, The story was ok. I walked away thinking I could have written this book. That is not high praise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 5/24/2011

    " Good book! I think Sarah Addison Allen has redeemed herself. This book was much better than her last one. I was quite pleased. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/24/2011

    " This is a sweet read about family, friendship, and letting people grow up. I was uncomplicated and nice to relax and enjoy their story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/24/2011

    " I like the way Sarah uses the barest magical elements in her book that give them a unique flavor. and make them a pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 5/24/2011

    " I loved this book. It was my 3rd book by this author. The books are easy reads, but they capture you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/23/2011

    " Just what I needed.....light, pleasant. I enjoyed this book! It was perfect for the end of the year....(school year!!!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pylgrym | 5/23/2011

    " Charming Southern magical realism. Someone (Truman Capote?) said the South is kinder to its eccentrics. The Peach Keeper is an example of that sentiment. The South more than any other region lends itself to this sensibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 5/22/2011

    " Enjoyable, but not as good as Garden Spells. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 5/22/2011

    " This was an ok story; not quite as good as her other book "Secret Garden". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 5/22/2011

    " Another beautiful book by Sarah Addison Allen. Fairly short, quick read, but a lovely story nonetheless! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denice | 5/21/2011

    " This is my favorite author and she never lets you down. The book, again, was magical and it was as good as her first one.
    I loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 5/21/2011

    " Doesn't have as much of the magical elements of her earlier works, which I really liked, but it's still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 5/21/2011

    " 3.5 stars. A quick, sweet read reminding you of the power of friendship and what it means when a friend maces someone for you. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Addison AllenSarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, The Peach Keeper, and Lost Lake. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her at www.sarahaddisonallen.com.
About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.