This is a cute story. Very heartwarming. Kind of a cross between Ghost, In the Heat of the Night, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.
And so in honor of these "crosses" and cross-gendering and dressing ... I felt like this book was a cross between pretty good, flowy and plausible storytelling and less than stellar writing: there were many word omissions throughout and very awkward sentences that made it difficult to read at times. I grew into the awkwardness of the "slang" as I grew into the comfort of the characters (but I'm not sure, in general, how well slang, or anything less than the Queen's English, translates to the written word). Overall, I think this book could use a lot of structural, line editing.
It's a charming, amusing book, good for the soul, down home tale that does well in the setting of the hot lethargy of the South. I think the author did justice to the characters. I did question the plausibility of J's death and the author's inconsistency in naming Peaches throughout the book: first Peaches/Jasper, then just Peaches ... for me, the inconsistency kind of "involved" the author in a way that I don't want to think about the author (or their motivations or choices) when I read their books.
I'm giving it 3 1/2 stars, but rounding down to 3 (for those that don't honor halfsies), partly because I think this book could be much improved with editing.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)