Monday, March 5, 2012

The Priest and the Peaches Virtual Book Tour

Today I'd like to introduce you to Larry Peterson, author of The Priest and the Peaches. 
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 ( 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.

 The Priest and the Peaches Book Summary
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, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

eBookISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
ISBN: 978-1-4658-6327-0
Pages: 285
Release: January 1, 2012

By Larry Peterson
A priest and peaches? Now that’s a title that begs to be read. All sorts of images ran through my head. A priest that enjoys eating peaches? A priest that has some sort of incident with peaches? Hum. I had to find out, and I’m so glad I did.

The Priest and the Peaches by Author Larry Peterson, is not quite like any other book I’ve read, and I’ve read many books. The Priest is a priest, Father Sullivan, but the Peaches are a family, made up of Pops, Joanie, Teddy, Dancer (James), Beeker (Robert) and Joey. Their mother is deceased, and their father, Pops, soon will be. Interesting titles with each chapter give the reader a hint at what might happen in that chapter. When Pops dies, and the Peach children are left orphans, their lives become one catastrophe after another. Teddy, 18, and Joanie, 16, do their best to provide for their younger siblings. But Murphy’s law seems to take control. What can go wrong will go wrong. The young people learn fast that being an adult carries with it responsibilities and is not an easy task. Humor spread throughout the story keeps a light touch to the story, even though the children are suffering from the loss of their father.

The author, however, does a lot of telling, rather than letting the characters show their emotions through action and dialogue. At times, it pulled me out of the scene. I often wanted to stay with the children to see how they would deal with each situation that arose, rather than being given information about another character. One point of view character, preferably Teddy since this is a young adult novel, would have worked better, I think. That said, I enjoyed the novel. The children were believable, not perfect, getting into trouble like normal kids do. I could feel their pain even when they were laughing and trying to cope with what life dealt them. The novel The Priest and the Peaches will stay with you a long time after reading the last page. And the story of the Peach children may make you appreciate your family a little more.

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  1. Beverly, I thoroughly enjoyed your review. Thank you for bringing such humor, warmth and depth to your thoughts on Larry's book. We appreciate it.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Even in a sad story, a little humor is good, especially here, to show that life goes on. That doesn't take away from the seriousness of the story.

  3. Hi Beverly--Just want to say thanks for featuring the book and for writing such a straight forward, honest review. I really appreciate the time and effort on your part. THANKS AGAIN and best wishes,
    Larry P

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Larry. We've had 109 page views today, 30 of them on your page. 180 views yesterday. So people are reading the information, even though they don't leave comments. Hopefully, they'll check the links. :)