By Sarah Addison Allen
I love Sarah Addison Allen’s books. She has this lovely way of writing and she takes these characters who have had a really hard time of things and gives us a story at the point where something is going to change for the better (usually), because of what they or someone else do, and it turns their lives around. Things such as taking control of your life, finding a loved one, experiencing magic and happiness for the first time because they finally like and understand themselves. She also mixes in some magic, well magical realism actually. Everyday magics that fit into our world that are fantastic, but written in such a down to earth logical manner they feel real. Her books make you feel good. I like to read them when I know I want a read that will eventually be uplifting.
This one is about a girl who moves in with a grandfather she never knew and learns about her mother’s childhood. Next door is a woman who has some major healing and forgiving to do. It is lovely, filled with quirky small town characters who aren’t the nicest folks, but work and feel mostly real. There are two types of magic in this book, one I wish I could do, call to certain people with my baking…the other, well you will have to find out about it, but it is almost an affliction!
It was kind of a quiet book. No crazy big things happen. We are dealing with feelings and understandings about family and how the past affects the present. The ending is hopeful and happy. Just nice and sweet and lovely, evoking warm summer evenings and the smell of cakes baking. So content, warm and cozy. If you like that type of thing, pick up any of Allen’s books (I haven’t read The Peach Keeper yet, but it is high on my TBR, waiting until I “need” it like a balm on my weary soul). I love them, probably because they make me feel so good.