Book Review: The Priest and the Peaches by: Larry Peterson


Tribute Books

Publish Date:
December 21, 2011

From Publisher for Review


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, uncharted 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.

Review: L-Y-N. Love your neighbor is how Pops Peach lived his life and what he instilled in friends and family by his example. Now Pops is gone and the Peach kids are fending for themselves. 18-year-old Teddy becomes the man of the house and is trying to figure out how to make everything work (bills, etc.) while trying to keep the family together. It's so hard and it seems as if nothing is going right for the Peach kids when things come full circle.

The Priest and the Peaches is a poignant novel of living your truth and leading by example. Pops Peach shows the world you can't just talk the talk - you've got to walk the walk if you're going to make a real difference in life. Now, Pops isn't perfect, but he does the best he can considering his circumstances. He was a single father of 5 kids after his wife passed away. Now Pops is gone, too, and Teddy and his siblings must navigate the strange new world in which they find themselves. Filled with humor and inspiration, The Priest and the Peaches shows the nobility of reciprocity and how one person can touch so many lives. Heartbreaking, but uplifting, the author has a way of touching your soul with his words. Just remember - love your neighbor!


  1. Star, what a beautifully written review. Thank you for your kind words about Larry's book. I'm so grateful for how you captured the heart and essence of the story when expressing your thoughts about it.

  2. Hi Star--I think you wrote a nicer synopsis than I did. THANK YOU taking the time to do this. It is greatly appreciated. Best wishes,
    Larry Peterson


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