Spring Clean for the Peach Queen by Sasha Wasley. (2021).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
One tanked career, one badly timed glamour shoot and one dead boyfriend later, 30 year old Lottie is returning home after leaving at age 18, the reigning Peach Queen. Back in her orchard hometown, she embarks on a radical declutter and casts out everything that got her in trouble: her phone, social media, make-up and a tendency to tell little white lies. But home has its own issues, including her feminist mum who is furious with her. Lottie gets accommodation with Mrs Brooker in exchange for helping her declutter, but Mrs Brooker’s son Angus (former Peach King) is not thrilled she’s there, especially when Lottie’s declutter begins to stir up long buried memories and half-truths… but everyone deserves to feel love, hope and the occasional spark of joy.
I can’t express how much I enjoyed this book. It was constantly popping up on my social networks, and the author also being from Perth made me quite keen to dive into it. When I started reading it, I seriously didn’t want to put it down. It’s utterly entertaining! I really liked Lottie. She has her flaws, but over the course of the book she owns up to them. I loved her decision to not lie at all, including little white lies; this made for some awkward but funny moments. I adored Mrs Brooker, she was simply the best. Angus was a great guy, I was really hoping that he and Lottie would end up together; you’ll have to read the book to see if my hopes came true! This was such an easy book to read even though it delved into some really emotional concepts around family and life.
Overall: in a nutshell, this engaging book is fantastic. I’d HIGHLY recommend it!