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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Priest and the Peaches (Book Review)

by Larry Peterson
Blog Tour Jan 2 - Mar 31

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.

Larry Peterson's Bio: 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 (http://www.ThePriestandthePeaches.com) 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. 

You can also find the author on Facebook and Twitter.
Something really weird - It has been a year and 1 day since I reviewed Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes.  What a coincidence!

My thoughts:  I am only halfway through this book, but wanted to get my post up today for the blog tour.  I am loving this book.  These five kids are dealing with a tragedy with the loss of their father within years after losing their mother to leukemia and their grandmother to a stroke. 

Teddy is the oldest and is just barely out of high school. Together with Joanie, his 17 year old sister, they are trying to help their three younger brothers, Dancer, Beeker and Joey deal with their father's death.  While they saw their absentee father as an alcoholic, they are finding out that in the neighborhood he was much loved.  He had a saying that he used as a greeting, L-Y-N, Love Your Neighbor, and they are finding out that he was known for doing exactly that.

I can't wait to finish up this book and will post a recap when it is done.

~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tribute Books in exchange for my unbiased review.~

Tribute Books can be found online at their website, Facebook and Twitter
The Priest and the Peaches
Publisher/Publication Date:  Tribute Books, Jan 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
285 Pages

Buy it now for your Kindle or Nook!


Tribute Books said...

Kristi, I'm so glad you're loving what you read so far. There's a special scene coming up between Father Sullivan and Beatrice that was very emotional for Larry to write. I think you'll be moved by it.

It Makes Sense To Me said...

Hi Kristi--this is an exciting post.You are "Lovin it" and only halfway through. Anxious to come back here and see your final thoughts. Thanks so much for featuring the book and for doing the review. Best wishes,
Larry P


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