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 and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover the truths that have transcended time to touch the hearts of the living.
Nothing like a Addison Allen book to make you believe in books again (I had two very bad DNFs before this one).
I am sure I could go on and on. But I would honestly just want to say that you really should read her books. The magical realism in them is simply wonderful. It's so real, yet so magical. It's called magical realism for a reason after all.
Here we have a hidden secret under a peach tree. It's about Willa, who never really lived, and Paxton, who wants to spread her wings too. They find each other, they find secrets and they both find love too. And sprinkled all over it there is magic as they get close to the mystery.
I recommend her books to everyone. I do no have much more to say, this is one of those books that do not need a lot of words spoken about it. Just read it.
Paperback, US, 304 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Bantam (first published March 22nd 2011)
Magical realism, Fiction