The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Published by: Bantam
Published on: March 2011
Page Count: 288
Genre: Women’s Fiction
My Reading Format: Audiobook rented from my local library
Audiobook Published by: Random House Audio
Narrator: Karen White
Audiobook Length: 7 hours 43 minutes
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
There are times in my life when a good, whimsical book fits perfectly. This was true of The Peach Keeper. I picked it up at the local library on a whim. I didn’t feel up to starting anything heavy at the time because I was preparing to go on vacation. The cover was beautiful and it practically screamed, “This is the book you’re looking for, Jennifer!” Seeing it on the shelf was like a stroke of luck. I got about half way into the novel before I left. I had read just enough to miss the characters and wonder about them from time to time while I was away. When I got in my car to drive home from the airport, I was more than ready to continue. The storyline wasn’t complicated enough for me to have lost my place nor was it simplistic enough to have lost my interest. I loved the touch of the supernatural that swept through from the beginning with the envelopes through to the end with the bell.
I did have one issue with a story line. I won’t go into detail here as it would be a spoiler, but this particular twist didn’t work for me at all. The outcome was obvious and therefore the tension surrounding it was superfluous. While it didn’t prevent me from enjoying the story for what it was, the ending wasn’t as celebratory for me as it would otherwise might have been.
This was my first Karen White listen. I found her voice and her reading style to be perfect for The Peach Keeper. She made it that much easier to walk into that small North Carolina town and feel at home. Even in the midst of their struggles, her narration made apparent the hope that was ever present within Paxton, Willa, Colin and Sebastian.
The Peach Keeper was a nice, easy going story with just a touch of whimsy to make it special. When I next need a comfort read, I wouldn’t hesitate to select another book from Sarah Addison Allen. Since Karen White narrated The Sugar Queen as well, it will be very easy to decide which novels to pick up next.