Book Review: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

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Check out my latest Book Review: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison AllenThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
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.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. Another magical story from Sarah Addison Allen with a little bit of mystery. I don’t think she can disappoint me. If you haven’t picked up her books, I highly recommend that you do so!!

Want to find out what else she’s written? Try Garden Spells and it’s follow-up First Frost. Check out all my Book Review Titles here.

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Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

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Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison AllenFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves…

It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.

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Book Review: The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

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The Dress Shop of DreamsThe Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

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Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

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Must Read Books for February

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Looking for something new to read? Check out these Must Read Books for February!

Ohhh! I can’t believe that it’s already February! 11 months left in this year…it seems like it’s already moving too fast! In January I was able to read some really great books. Today I’m sharing my Must Read Books for February and some of my January reads are on the list! There are few in my list that I’m adding to my To-Be Read pile for the month just from some hype I’m hearing about them. So excited about those! Ohhh and 1 book in the list is one I’m bringing back from the past that I think you should definitely pick up this month!

ONE: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
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At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS. CLICK HERE TO KEEP READING!

Book Review: The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

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Book Review: The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel GaynorThe Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

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A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . .

Ireland, 1912 . . .

Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again.

Chicago, 1982 . . .

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Book Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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Book Review of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison AllenGarden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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The women of the Waverley family — whether they like it or not — are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.
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Book Review: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

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The JobThe Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

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Charming con man Nicolas Fox and dedicated FBI agent Kate O’Hare secretly take down world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons, next job Violante, the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick knows his tastes in gourmet chocolate.

From Nashville to Lisbon back alleys, from Istanbul rooftops to Thames, they chase clues to lookalike thefts. Pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard Reyna holding Kate hostage and a Portuguese enforcer getting advice from an ancestor’s pickled head, they again call driver Willie for ship, actor Boyd for one-eyed Captain Bridger, special effects carpenter Tom, her father Jake – retired Special Forces, and his talent – machete-wielding Somali pirate Billy Dee. This could be their biggest job – if they survive.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely love this series. It’s #3 in the series and I just have fallen in love with the characters. I love Kate as the strong female lead. And I love Nick as the smooth criminal. If you haven’t picked up this series yet and you are a fan of Evanovich, then you need to add this one to your list!!

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Favorite Books of 2014

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Needing some new books to read? Check out my favorite reads from 2014? You are sure to find a new favorite book from my list!

My reading goal for 2014 was 45 books. I managed to read 39 of 45 books. My reading goal for 2013 was 35 books and I met that goal. I don’t really look at my 2014 goal as a failure as I was able to read 4 more books than my goal for 2013. My new goal for 2015…45 books. I’m gunning for that number. :) As I’ve been looking to what I’ll be reading this year, I’ve also been looking back at what I did read in 2014. I decided to share my favorite reads with you. I hope that you can find some new reading material from some of my favorite books of 2014. In no particular order…

ONE: The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
TWO: Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
THREE: Delicious by Ruth Reichl
FOUR: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
FIVE: Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews
SIX: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
SEVEN: The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
EIGHT: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
NINE: The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

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