Review: The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson
Release: December 21, 2011
Publisher: Tribute Books

Source: ebook from publisher

Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad’s funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of “grown-up world.” A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Review: L-Y-N. It’s the last thing the dying father wants his children to know.

This story had me hooked from the beginning. The writing style drew me in and I felt like I was there with the characters as they suffered tremendous loss and adversity. After losing their mother, then their grandmother, the five Peach children then lose their father, seemingly overnight. Never overcoming the grief of losing his wife, their father wasn’t around much and could barely provide for their basic needs. What would happen to the children now?

The cast of characters in this book were rich, diverse, and a real treasure. From the parish priest who offers the kids guidance without sounding overly “preachy,” to the nosy neighbor downstairs to the community members rallying and surrounding the kids, I was caught up in the seven day span the book covers. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to know more when the last page was finished. It’s just one of those stories where the characters enter your heart and will never leave.

As a side note, the tone of this story had a nice balance of religious references and overtones without being condescending in anyway and was a pleasant surprise. I do not feel it would be offensive to anyone and I would definitely recommend it.

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