Growing up in a country town in Western Australia, I know what it’s like to have everyone know your business. In Spring Clean for the Peach Queen, it’s not just a town that knows our protagonist’s business — it’s any one picking up a trashy magazine around Australia. It’s a great premise to begin with, and one that layers in the cultish Marie Kondo organising method, a farming community’s struggles and family heritage and illness.
Twelve years had passed since the last Harvest Ball. I was just eighteen when my hometown crowned me their Peach Queen with a blossom coronet. And I was eighteen when I left.
Not gonna lie. Peach and yellow is one of my favourite colour combinations, so I was hooked, line and sinker from the get go.
Lottie has just suffered two deaths. One, of a boyfriend whom she’d just started to get to know, the other being her acting career. Wanting to hide from the media and a cohort of unreliable friends, thirty-year-old Lottie Bentz is finally going home to her orchard town of Bonnievale. It’s there that she embarks on a radical declutter of her life, Marie Kondo-style. Everything that got her into trouble is gone: phone, social accounts, make up, and the habit of white-lying her way through conversations. After falling out with her mum, Lottie takes accommodation on a farm in exchange for helping its matriarch, Mrs Brooker, give the Kondo method a go. It seems like a great agreement until Angus, Lottie’s former Peach King and heir to the Brooker orchards, makes it clear she’s not welcome – especially when Lottie’s declutter begins to stir up long buried memories and half-truths.As Lottie finds her way back to herself, can she use her talents to coax Bonnievale and the Brookers out of the past? After all, everyone deserves to feel love, hope and the occasional spark of joy.
Easy and breezy and definitely worth listening to while you have a go at decluttering your own life!
This is at its peachy core, a romance book. Not always a genre I head towards, but definitely needed during heavier, stressful times in life.
So, you know what’s coming. But Wasley manages to create a fan-service ending that still wrenches the heart. It’s surprisingly tender and well executed.
I inadvertently started listening to the audiobook version of ‘Spring Clean’ while I was conducting a ruthless cull of my belongings. Was it fate? As I listened to this buoyant tale of one woman’s mission to declutter her life after the death of both a friend and her acting career, my interest piqued.
We’ve all been there. Bad boyfriends, terrible wardrobe decisions, gifts from family members that show a concerning lack of knowledge for who you are. Take a cue from protagonist Lottie — it’s all gotta go, because holding onto the past is a sure fire way to miss out on the present.
As Lottie casts out everything in life that got her into trouble, she finds her way back to herself. This is a story of the heritage of farming families, country towns and giving your heart over.
There are some surprisingly tender moments in this book and a few wry smiles, too. I enjoyed this refreshingly honest novel that had me homesick for my country Western Australian roots and craving fresh fruit
Fable and Fizz would like to acknowledge the Whadjuck Noongar people as the traditional owners and continual custodians on the lands and waters this content is primarily written on. I pay respects to their Elders — past and present. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.