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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.