Friday, March 9, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Review: Larry Peterson's "The Priest And The Peaches"

ISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
ISBN: 978-1-4658-6327-0
Pages: 285
Release: January 1, 2012
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Tribute Books
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Book Summary:

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.

Saph's Review:

"The Priest and The Peaches" is a book about a family of 5 children who lost their mother a few years prior and who lose their father only a few pages into the book.  It's a heartwarming story of the strength of the children in the face of adversity.  The book spans a short period of time, only about 7 days, and is jam packed with the day-to-day life of the children while they try to cope with the loss and deal with the future, including the funeral.  

The book is told from the view of Catholisism, a religion I don't really relate to.  It wasn't overpowering and I wasn't uncomfortable reading it.  The book basically boils down to L-Y-N, which a concept threaded throughout the entire novel.  L-Y-N is "Love Your Neighbor" and a belief that the Priest and The Peaches hold dearly.  

The book was a quick and easy read.  I found that most everything flowed well together and the characters were likable in the roles that they played.  Everyone has to deal with death at some point in their lives and this novel explores that in-depth.  The end was fantastic and shows how believing in God (regardless of your religious beliefs) can cause chains-of-events that are positive.  There is a sense of community closeness that is inspiring and uplifting. 

High praise for The Priest and The Peaches!


Author Info:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal Lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, he left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kids moved to Florida 30 years ago. Larry began doing freelance newspaper commentary after graduating from Tampa College in 1984.

His first children's picture book, Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was published in 2011. In 2012, his full length novel, The Priest and the Peaches was released and he is presently working on the sequel.

He also has a blog ( where he posts weekly commentary. He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other.

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Tribute Books said...

Amber, I'm delighted you liked the book. Thanks for the fantastic review.

Larry Peterson said...

Amber, thanks so much for the kind words. So glad you liked the book. There is a lot about the "catholic" thing that many do not understand and I am very happy that it came through in a comfortable and easy way. Actually, that is how it is. Simple with an L-Y-N message. Best wishes always and God Bless,
Larry P