Monday, March 19, 2012

Review # 123: The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

     After the unexpected death of their father, the Peach children - Teddy, Joanie, Dancer, Beeker and Joey, (now orphans), must find a way to stay together, bury their father, and pay off his debts before they lose everything. [Christian Historical Fiction set in 1960's Bronx]

     The Priest and the Peaches is a genuinely heartwarming story about growing up, dealing with grief, keeping family together, loving your neighbors, and having faith in God! When I started reading, I knew that I wouldn't be able to put it down; most of the characters are so lively and well-written that they could be alive in the next room. I particularly enjoy reading about Teddy, his personality, and all the new responsibilities he takes on to protect his siblings. The younger characters are also characterized well and seem realistic. The setting is very three-dimensional, full of detail, and conveys the time-period nicely. The Catholic/religious sections are not over-bearing or boring. The story-line itself is quite interesting and emotional, following the Peach's through the seven days after their father's death, including the funeral - one of my favorite parts. Although I did find a few grammatical/  punctuation errors and some dialogue issues, I still find the book well-written, brimming with innocent humor, and worth the read. I think young adults will really enjoy Larry Peterson's writing style and humor in this short and uplifting/optimistic read.

Rating: Bounty's Out (3.75/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Tribute Books) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Go to Larry Peterson's website for links to other e-book sellers. 


  1. Allizabeth, I'm so glad you enjoyed getting to meet all of Larry's characters :)

  2. Hi Allizabeth, Thanks so much for featuring my book and for the great review. I really appreciate your taking the time and effort to do this. Best wishes,
    Larry P