By: Sarah Addison Allen
Summary: Willa was the "Walls of Water High School Joker" who had everyone fooled. After having left for a few years, she now owns her own store and lives in what used to be her Dad's house. Paxton is the girl who always did what made her Mother happy- even backing out at the last minute from buying her own place. She's continuing the family heritage. But is she happy? Will she do what she needs to in order to be? Sebastian spent his youth trying to fit in. When he found a group of friends who let him feel accepted, he didn't argue what others thought of him. But, is he really what everyone thinks he is? Colin wanted to live his life on his terms. In high school everyone thought he was the "joker" until the truth came out. He left home, but work brings him temporarily back. Will he stay? 4 people who struggle to put the past behind them and go after the future they want. Oh, and did I mention a skull, suitcase, & old newspaper is found when an old Peach tree is unearthed? Who's skull was it? How did it get there? And who was it connected to?
If you read the summary of the book from the book jacket you'll be going into the book expecting something else. I know this, because it's what I did. The skeleton storyline is not the main storyline. In fact, it's a small part of the book. I was looking forward to reading about it and thought it was going to be more front and center. Not so.
The bulk of the book is these 4 characters putting the past to rest and figuring out what they want now. Each is an enjoyable storyline and interesting to see what shaped them into who they were then and now. Paxton and Willa were never friends, but they become friends through the story. I loved reading about each character's past, present, and their hopes for the future. it was great to see how each took control of their lives and went after what would make them happy.
If the book summary had been accurate, I wouldn't have a complaint. Sarah Addison Allen is a great writer, and wrote another good book in The Peach Keeper. Sadly, I just went into it thinking it was about something else and was disappointed when I found out otherwise.
Rating: Borrow From The Library/ Buy It