Something rattles around behind me, then smashes on the ground. I jump and scream at the same time. Maddy shouts, “I’m sorry!” “What was that?” “Just a vase. But don’t worry, it was ugly.”I loved the relationship dynamic between the two sisters Maddy and Abigail. They are a decade apart in age and have absolutely nothing in common, but this family mystery brings them together and unites them on a search for truth (all the while lying). While the book had many things going on, I loved the interactions between the two and how such a strong bond formed by the end. In general, I loved Maddy and her confidence and total lack of regret or filter- she helped Abigail be more herself. I had to share a few pieces of the banter between the sisters in my review because they were ridiculous and my favorite parts of the book.
“Hold up. Did you just say I was right?” “Trust me, I’m as surprised as you are.” She smiles, I put my arm around her side, and we keep walking. I’ve lived with this girl for half my life, but it feels like I’ve only really known her these past few days.
“Problem solving.” “Oh? And how’s that working out for ya?” “Not great. Everyone’s just so mean.” She smoothes my statically lifted hair. “There, there Einstein. Maybe, if you look a little less crazy, they’ll take you seriously.”Overall, Under the Peach Tree was a cute, fast read that you can easily lose yourself in for an afternoon. It was full of feel good moments, family drama, the merits of southern charm and tons of heart. This is the first book by Sabrina and I look forward to more to come. I am voluntarily reviewing a complimentary copy of this book.