Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson Book Review and Virtual Blog Tour

Welcome to the Tribute Books Virtual Blog Tour of The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson!

Summary from goodreads:  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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book! I am not generally a fan of YA books (unless we are speaking of the Hunger Games), but this one is unbelievable, and the theme of the story is quite uplifting.

When I began this book, I was honestly hooked before too long. The whole idea behind a story of an orphaned family of five children seems simple and possibly not that exciting. However, the story is so well-written, engaging, and humorous that I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

Some people might find the death and funeral humor rather disturbing and inappropriate, but I am afraid I must take issue with that. If you can place yourself in the position of these poor kids who have already lost a mother and just lost a father, I think you can appreciate the humor. When circumstances are so tragic, I think having a good sense of humor is a must in order to keep one's sanity. I loved the story of Pop's leg amongst the other tales.

This book had another unusual effect on me. I am not a Catholic, and of course, this book comes at things from that perspective.  I found that the genuine truth shared within the pages of this book reminded me that God will work everything out.  He is a miracle-working God.  And even what seems horrible and catastrophic can and will be used for His will.  It was also a great reminder that living what you say you believe is key.  As a side note, I enjoyed the book's description of why Catholics pray to saints-quite interesting.

Bad points?  Well, there was no sex (in fact, abstinence was preferred).  The bad language was very minor and even laughable at times,  I do not think most readers would find anything offensive in this book.  I wuld recommend it to just about anyone who enjoys family stories.  A definite 5-star rating.

I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

About the Author
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.slipperywillie.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.

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  1. Ruth, I can't tell you how much we appreciate your review - thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

  2. Hi Ruth---All I can say is ---this review "MADE MY DAY" Thank you.
    Best wishes always,
    Larry P

    1. So very glad it did! Indeed it was my pleasure!


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