Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Priest and the Peaches Blog Tour

Summary: 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 Review: The Peach children  lost their mother a few years ago.  Now two of the older children are in high school and the three younger children are in grammar school and they lose their father. The father, known as Yimey in the neighborhood was a good man at heart. He was never the same kind of father after his wife passed and soon alcoholism took over his life.  Despite his drinking issues, he was very known for telling everyone he came in contact with to always  L.Y.N. meaning Love Your Neighbor.  Yimey was always honest and kind to all the neighbors. The Peach children only saw their dad as a drunk that never spent much time with any of them.  The older children knew their father pain came from losing his wife but the constant ridicule from his mother in law and his lack to provide for this family was very heartfelt for him. The day their father died the children learned about a man that made a huge difference in the lives of so many people in the neighborhood.  They also found out that when you demonstrate LYN it comes back to you two fold.
 Characters: Father Sullivan- the priest that knew the Peach family very well. He assistant with taking care of the  children well being during the death of their father.
Beatrice- That one nosey disliked neighbor none of the neighbors liked but tolerated.
Aunt Vera- Peach children aunt who took slight advantage of a situation at the wrong time. The Peach children:  They were the typical children for their age.  
For some readers this novel may start off slow and I want to encourage you to continue to read.  It is a good reading novel for the entire family.  Its not heavy on religious or preachy sentences but still delivers a wonderful testimony. Your heart will be lifted.  
Book cover- The book cover is not appealing to me and I'm certain I would not have picked it up if I were browsing in a bookstore. I know the cliche', dont judge a book by its cover but the cover must if the book cover don't do it for me the title should before I decide to read the summary on the back cover.  
The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson is the first novel I've read from this author and it sits on my bookshelf as 'A Darn Good Read."

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.

Blog tour hosted by Tribute Books.


  1. Sidne, thanks for the great review of Larry's book. I really like how you took time to mention a lot of the characters, and I'm glad that you enjoyed the story.

  2. Sounds like a inspirational book. I like the concept too. Glad you gave such details and encouragement to keep reading. Thanks Sidne.

  3. I have seen this book around and wondered about it. I'm glad to know that it was a good read despite the heavy issues addressed in the novel. Sounds like something I'll have to pick up and read in the future.

  4. Sidne if it was not for reading your review, this book definitely does not appeal to me either. I have a friend that would love to read this novel.

  5. franny3/13/2012

    It's very heartfelt for young children to lose one parent but both. I'm sure I will enjoy this novel too. How does it ends for them? I hope none all placed in foster homes.

  6. Naturally Kinky3/14/2012

    This may not be my kind of read however i enjoyed reading the review. I have a friend whose B'day is approaching and I'm going to purchase this novel for her. thanks always for the email reviews.

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  8. Sidne--just wanted to thank you for featuring my book and for the kind words you expressed in the review. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated. Best wishes, Larry Peterson

    P.S.--there is more to come about the Peach kids as a sequel is in the works

  9. This novel sounds interesting. I also read that the author is doing a sequel. Hmmmm, I might place this on my TBR list.

  10. Sharon K.3/14/2012

    I do agree with you about the book cover, not very interesting looking. Thanks for the review.the story does sound interesting.

  11. Carol & Nurses of Blue Island BK. Club3/14/2012

    Got your email. This is a novel my book club would enjoy. going to place it on our list. thanks sid.

  12. I'm glad I found your new blog. The other one was giving me a hard time. Blogger should be ashamed of themselves for not listening to bloggers that choose to utilize their services. You really should go to WordPress. oh, i read the reviews here. You have read some nice books. I'm placing two on my list. again, glad I found your new blog.
    (i know you left it on your old blog but tell me why I didn't see it at first)

  13. Michanna3/15/2012

    This is not a memoir is it Sidne? I know how frustrated you became with blogger about your other site, wished i were in contact with you I could of helped you moved to word press. when you are ready I will help you make a smooth transition. catching up on all the emails. still reading those from the last blog. i should be home for most of the spring then i will be going back out for a month. READing Time for sure. luv you girl!!!

  14. I like the concept of this story; it sounds interesting. I agree, the book cover, didn't do it for me either. I wish the author, Mr. Patterson, continued success.

  15. Nice review and I judge books by their covers too. It's a hard habit to break.

  16. I haven't seen this one before but I like the message. Thanks for putting this on my radar.