The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

The Priest and the Peaches is a historical fiction set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s. The book takes 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.”
The two oldest Peach children, Teddy and Joanie, have to grow up fast (even though they’re already practically adults) after the death of their father, because their mother died a few years back. They stick together with their younger siblings to make it through.
After the death of their father, you might expect the family to fall apart… but with the help of their priest, the Peach kids actually come together and become a really strong family. There was definitely a big message of hope and of knowing things will get better if you stick together and help each other out.
Admittedly, this is not a typical book that I would pick up on my own. However, once I got into it, it was pretty enjoyable.  Though I knew this book had ‘priest’ in the title, I did not expect such strong Christian themes… I don’t usually enjoy books like that. Some of the Christian stuff made me a little uncomfortable, and the dialogue between Father Sullivan and the older Peach children (the younger Peachs couldn’t really follow along…) was a little weird for me.
Overall, the book had some minor errors, but if you like strongly upbeat Christian themes, then this book would be good for you.
If you would like to purchase this book, it’s available almost anywhere: Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, Smashwords, and as a PDF.
If you’d like to find out more about it, check out the author’s blog,, or the Tribute Books website,

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Adam
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 13:20:35

    I hate it in any book when an author pushes the theme at you at any point, regardless of where they’re coming from. That’s a large part of why I disliked The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. The plot was really slow and then you’d have a section where he hits you over the head with the theme.


  2. Tribute Books
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 13:51:37

    Hannah, thanks for taking the time to read and review Larry’s book. I’m glad that overall you found the story to be enjoyable and that you appreciated its message of hope.


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