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Friday, March 16, 2012

The Priest And The Peaches by Larry Peterson

The Priest And The Peaches by Larry Peterson
Published By: Tribute Books
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Format: PDF - 285 pages / Kindle - 380 KB / Nook - 871 KB
ISBN: 9780983741848
Genre: General Fiction / Historical Fiction / Young Adult Fiction

About The Author:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, her left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kinds 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.



BUY THE BOOK: The Priest And The Peaches

Disclaimer: At the request of the author and Tribute Books, a Kindle edition of this book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.

Virtual Book Tour Event: On Friday, March 16, 2012, in association with Tribute Books, author Larry Peterson participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

Book Description:

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, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

My Book Review: 

The Priest And The Peaches is a heartwarming inspirational book that will pull at your heartstrings. It is a story about the Peach family, five kids ranging from age six to eighteen who unexpectedly become orphans with the death of their father. Their mother passed away a few years ago, and now it is up to eighteen year old Teddy and seventeen year old Joanie to take their parent's place and keep the family together for their three younger brothers: James (aka Dancer) age fourteen, Robert (aka Beeker) age ten and Joey age six. The storyline takes place over seven days, from the time their father Velemer (aka Yimey to his friends and Pops to the kids), is taken to the hospital with a fatal diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, to the day after their father's funeral. Through the grace of God, friends and local community, Pops' acts of miracles and one saintly Catholic parish priest named Fr. Tim Sullivan, the Peach children are guided through their grief and journey through many obstacles to learn that faith, love and most of all Pops' mantra of L-Y-N will always keep their family together.

The Priest And The Peaches is a wonderful story that is so heartwarming and full of inspiration. The storyline is well written and captivated me from the beginning. The story is told from the time period of the mid-1960s in Bronx, NY. The author does a wonderful job of describing that time period, in addition to providing a wonderful description of the Catholic faith of that period. The characters were realistic, their complex personalities and engaging interactions with each other made the story that much more powerful and compelling. The author weaves a story that provides lessons of faith, hope, belief, love, family and community that is inspiring and will leave its mark on your heart. Pops' mantra of living the Golden Rule of L-Y-N (Love Your Neighbor) was a beautiful living memory and lesson that he left for his kids. It is something that all us could and should live by. I loved the author's humorous names that he gave to various characters and their stories made me chuckle. I also loved how Teddy learned about his father's wonderful caring side that he gave to others in the community, a side of him that Teddy didn't know existed, what a wonderful legacy and memories he left for his children to hold dear to their hearts. As a person raised in the 1960s of the Catholic faith, this story was a wonderful reminder of what I grew up on and still to this day believe in, its inspirational message is one to live by .... L-Y-N! Amen!

The Priest And The Peaches will make you laugh, smile, cry and sigh ... it will provide you with an inspirational message of faith, hope, love, family and community... most of all it is a wonderful story that should be shared with your family.



  1. Kathleen, your 5 star review means a lot. Thank you for that.

    1. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book. :)

  2. Hi Kathleen---first of all let me wish you a "HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY". Secondly your 5 STAR review has absolutely made my St. Patty's day quite memorable--ERIN GO BRAGH

    Larry P

    1. Hi Larry! Happy St Patrick's Day! I'm glad the Irish Eyes Are Smiling on you! :) Thank you for the opportunity to read and review your wonderful novel and for hosting your virtual book event. :)