Monday, September 22, 2014

The Peach Keeper

"The Peach Keeper" by Sarah Addison Allen

Another good read by this author.  I enjoy the wimsy she intertwines in the everyday of real life.  This book is about 30 year old Willa who is trying to get out from under her past.  Living in the same town where her family came to financial ruin many decades ago has proven harder than she thought.  Soon her past literally gets dug up to be dealt with.  Willa finds love and friendship who those she least expects.  "She'd padded her life with so much calm that she didn't think anything could penetrate it."  No matter how much we try and plan, life will creep up and get in the way.  "Superstitions are man's way of trying to control things he has no control over."  We try and explain things that only God knows the answers to.  "How could someone with a life this full feel this empty?  When we fill our lives with things we find in the end that we really had nothing of importance at all.  "Because we're connected, as women.  It's like a spiderweb.  If one part of that web vibrates, if there's trouble, we all know it.  But most of the time we're just too scared or selfish or insecure to help.  But if we don't help each other, who will?"  I think this is ture for all people, not just women.  We are all connected and most of the time, all too scared or selfish to intervene.  God calls us to help one another.  "When you're a teenager, your friends are your life.  When you grow up, friendships seem to get pushed further and further back, until it seems like a luxury, a frivolity, like a bubble bath."  I think this is sad.  We need friends, we need each other.  Life is hard, we need someone to help carry the load and make us laugh when all we want to do is cry.  "Happiness is a risk.  If you're not a little scared, then you're not doing it right."  Happiness takes a little courage.  "All we have is our deep and abiding love for each other.  We can't lose that or we lose ourselves."  "Fate never promises to tell you everything up front.  You aren't always shown the path in life you're supposed to take.  But...when you're really lucky, you meet someone with a map."

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