Where Wild Peaches Grow- ARC Book Review

Title:- Where Wild Peaches Grow –

Author:- Cade Bentley

Date published:- will be published on 30th August 2022

No. of pages:- 297 pages

Genre:- Literary


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4.5/5

In a deeply emotional novel of family, cultural heritage, and forgiveness, estranged sisters wrestle with the choices they’ve made and confront circumstances beyond their control.Nona “Peaches” Davenport, abandoned by the man she loved and betrayed by family, left her Natchez, Mississippi, home fifteen years ago and never looked back. She’s forged a promising future in Chicago as a professor of African American Studies. Nona even finds her once-closed heart persuaded by a new love. But that’s all shaken when her father’s death forces her to return to everything she’s tried to forget.Julia Curtis hasn’t forgiven her sister for deserting the family. Just like their mother, Nona walked away from Julia when she needed her most. And Julia doesn’t feel guilty for turning to Nona’s old flame, Marcus, for comfort. He helped Julia build a new life. She has a child, a career, and a determination to move on from old family wounds.Upon Nona’s return to Natchez, a cautious reunion unfolds, and everything Nona and Julia thought they knew—about themselves, each other, and those they loved—will be tested. Unpacking the truth about why Nona left may finally heal their frayed bond—or tear it apart again, forever.

This is a story between two estranged sisters–Nona known fondly as “Peaches” and Julia. Nona left the small town of Natchez after feeling betrayed by her former lover Marcus and moved to Chicago, working as a professor .. When her father dies, Nona returns back to the small town. Julia meanwhile wasn’t very welcoming as Nona left Julia when she needed the most and wasn’t forgiving.

The writing was really great and the story is told between Nona’s and Julia’s perspectives. The description of the Natchez town felt like I was actually in the small town with the characters. Initially, maybe it was just me, the first portion of the story was slightly confusing but as I started reading, it got interesting. I do like the setting of the other characters and how they are all connected to both Nona and Julia in some way–Marcus who was Nona’s lover and Julia’s husband, Jayden, and all the other characters. I also like the funeral scene the most. The only thing is, maybe again it’s just me, I don’t understand why Nona was called peaches and the connection it has with the peaches tree. The ending was really great.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book–a story about two estranged sisters and how their relationship grew towards the end. Worth 4.5 stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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