Posts Tagged 'Chic Lit'

The Peach Keeper

 

by Sarah Addison Allen

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.

 

Current Read: A Hopeless Romantic

by Harriet Evans

This is the warm and enchanting new novel from the author of “Going Home”. Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it – even she acknowledges it. What’s wrong with seeing the world through rose-tinted spectacles, even if she is about to turn thirty and aware it’s the one thing that consistently gets her into trouble? But even Laura is forced to accept that having an affair with someone else’s boyfriend, full of passion and danger as it is, becomes sordid after a while. And when Dan doesn’t leave Amy, but instead leaves her, her world falls apart. She swears off men, and particularly off foolish romantic fantasies of any kind. Desperately unhappy and heartbroken, she flees to Norfok and a family holiday. There, she meets prickly but kind Nick, a gardener at the local stately home. Despite her vow, she finds herself thawing a little – at least to be friends with him. Until she discovers that he, too, has lied to her – Nick is the Marquis, not the gardener, and offers all her romantic fantasies on a plate. But Laura is having none of it – neither the foolish dreams (she’s just a nice middle-class girl, after all) nor men’s deceptions of her. Can Nick melt her frozen heart and revive the hopeless romantic?

Not the Marrying Kind by Hailey North

Sixteen years ago, world-famous artist Harriet P. Smith was the nerdiest girl at Doolittle High School, and Jake Porter was the new boy in town. Charismatic, handsome, and instantly popular, Jake was way out of her league. Harriet was shocked when he asked her to the graduation dance . . . and devastated when he left town for good the next morning.

Only his father’s remarriage could bring Jake, now a hot shot L.A. music exec, back to small-town Arkansas. His only consolation is the stunning woman with the mysterious green eyes he meets at a local bar. He’s got no idea he was a part of one of the best nights of her lifeā€”or that he’s about to fall for her as hard as she once did for him. Jake’s never been the marrying kind, but another night with Harriet might make him change his mind.