Book Review: The Priest and the Peaches, by Larry Peterson

The Priest and the Peaches – a young adult e-book release from Tribute Books by Larry Peterson
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ISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
ISBN: 978-1-4658-6327-0
Pages: 285
Release: January 1, 2012
A 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.

Take a SNEAK PEEK of Chapter Seventeen of the young adult e-book “The Priest and the Peaches” …

“Batman & Robin” collapse a ceiling
“Hey, Beeker, let’s play Batman and Robin. Watch this.” And just like that, Joey bounced across the bed and rolled onto the floor triggering a new round of heavy coughing.Downstairs, Beatrice was in her living room lying on the sofa. Wrapped in a bathrobe and covered with a blanket, she was quickly using up the box of tissues on the coffee table as she attempted to restrain her cough and keep her nose dry. She heard the thump caused by Joey’s landing. Turning her head upward, she glared at the ceiling. “They’d better not start,” she mumbled to herself. Beeker started to laugh and decided to keep wearing his damp Batman pajamas. The shirt was stretched up passed his belly button and the legs on the bottoms barely covered his knees. “Okay, watch me.” He climbed onto the dresser before jumping down on the bed. Rolling onto the floor, he said, “Oh, I forgot something.”
He grabbed a dirty towel, tied it around his neck making a Batman cape. Back on top of the dresser, he flew with outstretched arms onto the bed again. The Batman and Robin show was in full swing. They both began taking turns leaping from the dresser to the bed before rolling onto the floor.
Maybe it was an adrenalin rush but the characters they were pretending to be took over their psyche. Beeker and Joey, coughing and sneezing, overcame their blazing fevers turning into superheroes. Time after time, they climbed up on the dresser and flew to the bed.
Beatrice was holding her pounding head in her hands. They have one more minute to stop or else.
The bed, supported by four wooden slats across the bed frame, held together as long as it could. Then Batman made an extra mighty leap and the bed collapsed, slamming to the floor. Not only did the box spring and mattress crash to the floor, the side rails ripped from the headboard causing it to fall forward. The combination of all the parts collapsing together made for a super loud crash.
Beatrice was so startled by the crash that she vaulted up from her prone position. She accidentally rolled off the sofa smashing her head on the edge of the coffee table.
The crash was so loud—it even woke Dancer. Robin, not concerned in the least about the collapsed bed, was about to make another leap when Dancer came bursting in. Seeing the mess he hollered, “What, are the two of you crazy? Look what you did. Oh man, Teddy is gonna freak. We gotta get this fixed. Dang, I gotta go to the bathroom. I’ll be right back.”
Dancer hurried to the bathroom. As he reached the living room, he felt cold water squishing between his toes and under his feet. “What the heck is going on?” He sloshed into the bathroom. The big afghan was floating in water that was spilling over the sides of the tub. “Holy crap…oh, man.”
He ran back to the bedroom yelling, “What did you do? The tub is overflowing and there’s water all over the place.”
“Uh oh, Joey, we forgot to turn the water off.”
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About the Author:

Larry Petersonwas born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former metal lather/reinforcing ironworker, 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 Peacheswas 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.

My Review:

The Priest and the Peaches, by Larry Peterson is a heart-touching story that illustrates good will towards others, and how courage can get you through turmoil.  Both young adults, and children can really get a feel for how difficult it was for the Peach family.  As the Peach children try to cope with their predicament, the reader is led through a fine balance of sorrow and humour right through to the end.  Peterson has got the recipe for story-telling right … he clearly demonstrates the difficulties that children face when they have lost both their parents.  The story does not disappoint; a parish priest takes on the role of guiding these five children to make wise decisions that are best for them.  In spite of overcoming great difficulty, the tale is soul warming and uplifting … it is a tale that I would recommend be read by all ages alike.  I am almost certain that tale will be well liked, and well received.

Disclaimer:  Tribute Books has provided me with a complimentary e-book (pdf version) to facilitate my review.  I have not been financially compensated.  A positive review is not required.  Opinions expressed are my own.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Priest and the Peaches, by Larry Peterson

  1. Jeannine, I’m so glad you were touched by Larry’s story of the Peach children. Thanks for your warm praise of the book. We appreciate your support and thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with all of your blog readers.

  2. Hi Jeannine–Thanks so much for featuring my book and for the kind words used in your review. I am so glad you enjoyed the book and I sincerely appreciate you taking the time and effort to do this. Best wishes to you and your family.
    Larry Peterson

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