Review: The Priest and The Peaches by Larry Peterson

Travel back to the Bronx in the unforgettable journey of the Peach kids and their ally Father Sullivan.

When Pops passes away, the newly orphaned Peach kids struggle to know what to do. Over the course of the next few days, they learn exactly what their father meant to so many people. When their neighbor decides to create problems for the unsupervised children living above her, they find a staunch ally in Father Sullivan. With his help, they soon come to know the importance of family, faith and forgiveness.

The Priest and the Peaches is the debut young adult historical e-book released by Tribute Books and authored by Larry Peterson. Peterson also wrote Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes, which we reviewed here. This is a moving story of one family’s life turned upside down by the sudden and unexpected death of their father. In addition to Peterson’s keen eye for detail, he provides readers a good glimpse into life in the Bronx in the mid-60’s. What I feel the author excelled in is how the characters evolved throughout the story. I was glad to see that not everyone had a change of heart, which kept the story real.

The book has an excellent message of how faith and family play a significant role in our lives. It also shares the message of forgiveness and second chances. What I truly enjoyed is how the story showed that kids often don’t know everything about their parents and the impact they have on other people. The Peach kids and the readers learn that Pops is a lot more than meets the eye.

I didn’t, however, care for the third person omniscient point of view. This book has a strong narrator, and as such, it was harder to get inside the characters’ heads than if the book was told from a different POV. Sometimes the characters sounded the same to me, and I didn’t like how the narrator would step outside of the present story to mention how things would play out in the future. I felt the book would have been stronger and moved more swiftly if told perhaps from Teddy’s point of view. Teddy is the oldest of the Peach kids and is now responsible, along with his seventeen-year-old sister, Joanie to care for their three younger brothers.

The Priest and The Peaches by Larry Peterson is a story you won’t soon forget. It inspires with its excellent messages. It will touch your heart and even make you laugh at times. I’m glad to hear the author is working on a sequel. I would love to know more about the Peaches.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Publisher:  Tribute Books

ISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
ISBN: 978-1-4658-6327-0
Pages: 285

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Priest and The Peaches by Larry Peterson

  1. Cheryl, I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful review of Larry’s book. I’m glad that you enjoyed getting to meet the Peach kids as well as all of the colorful characters who are a part of their life. I appreciate that you liked how Larry explored the theme – that there is more to our parents than meets the eye – especially in the case of Yimey Peach. I’m glad you’re looking forward to the sequel!

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