Wednesday, September 1, 2010

THE BOOK OF PEACH by Penelope J. Stokes

Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: August 2010
ISBN: 9780425234495
Contemporary women’s fiction
Trade Sized Paperback
Reviewed by Penny
Obtained via Publisher

Twenty some years ago Peach left her overbearing mama in Mississippi and swore she would never go back. Now she finds herself just over a divorce and with nowhere to go. So now she is back, living in her mother’s home. To get a reprieve of her mother’s constant criticism, Peach escapes to a local diner where she writes her thoughts of the past and present in her journals and befriends some people that her mother would be scandalized to discover that Peach was even acquainted with, being the snobbish and proper upper-class southern lady that she is. Peach is slowly coming to terms with where she came from and where she is now going.

I was of two minds about this book, but I found it enjoyable and of great worth upon reading it. Just goes to show you that preconceived notions are many times misguided and false.

There is a bit of Peach in every woman. Even though not many of us have the same exact issues with our past or our parents, our past has had a great influence on us and has helped to shape us into the people we are today. Peach is discovering the person she wants to be and is shaking off the person her mother wants her to be and these are two very different people. And in Peach’s case, this is a very good thing, and I enjoyed sharing the process with her.

The ending of this book was very inspired and most definitely rewarding. I don’t want to give too much away, so all I will say is it was surprising and I was thrilled beyond words that Ms Penelope J. Stokes penned the end as she did. THE BOOK OF PEACH is a book that will make the reader think and reflect. And just might change the way some think about themselves.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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