BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Peach Seed’ by Anita Gail Jones

c.2023, Henry Holt and Firm
448 pages

Your total life has been stuffed with milestones to fulfill, and plenty of firsts.

Your first tooth and first steps had been celebrated. Your first phrase and first day of college had been recorded; graduations, proms, pet love, and past, you’ve loved years of feat. It’s true that milestones are fewer as you age; nonetheless, as within the new e book “The Peach Seed” by Anita Gail Jones” life typically throws you a nice shock.

There was no mistaking that fragrance.

He hadn’t smelled it in a long time however Fletcher Dukes, on his weekly go to to Piggly Wiggly along with his sister, Olga, knew that scent instantly. He didn’t say something; he figured Olga smelled it, too, and if the as-yet-unseen girl sporting the perfume was who he thought she was, it’d take Olga a minute to seek out the woman Fletcher beloved as soon as and who broke his coronary heart.

Within the years since, Fletcher had moved on however he by no means forgot the girl or her fragrance. So what was she doing again in Albany in spite of everything this time, after Fletcher married one other girl, had three daughters, helped increase a grandson? May he nonetheless take into consideration her when he had his arms full making an attempt get his 20-something grandson, Bo D, to step up like a person?

Fletcher tried to not fear, there was no use in it. Nevertheless it pricked his thoughts: the girl he beloved as a younger man — all throughout civil rights protests, arrests and marches and beatings — was again on the town for causes he didn’t know.

It was in all probability sophisticated, identical to his relationship along with his grandson was.

Fletcher had not too long ago discovered a peach-pit carved monkey necklace in a fruit bowl the place Bo D should’ve thrown it, rejecting Fletcher’s long-ago present and a valuable proper of passage that each Dukes male had loved for greater than a century. Rejecting it. That damage.

Understanding, however not likely realizing the place the primary monkey Fletcher had ever carved was saved … now, that damage, too.

Who says you’ll be able to’t study historical past from a novel? You may, as you’ll see while you’re inside “The Peach Seed,” the place creator Anita Gail Jones leans closely on actual occasions in World Historical past to inform a narrative that spans from 1796 to 2013, throughout two continents and several other states.

Sure, that’s a chasm to cowl and it might be too broad.

Jones does one thing troublesome right here: the dialogue on this story is simple, like an off-the-cuff dialog however the story appears over-padded. There’s plenty of randomness right here, pages of bickering siblings, aimless musing, characters that really feel like they belong in one other form of e book.

Nonetheless, these flaws are largely overcome by good primary characters which can be typically caricatures, however aren’t completely unpleasant. A number of, actually, are downright nice, like an aged neighbor you’ve grown keen on.

Had this e book been 50 pages shorter, it might’ve been an enormous winner; as it’s, it’s not dangerous, simply too lengthy. “The Peach Seed” is value a attempt. For the fitting reader, it’d nonetheless meet your expectations.