So many times I found my self laughing out loud at some of things the Peaches’ said.
When you read a realistic book that is not all happy and wonderful – it isn’t always the easiest to read – BUT it is one of my favorite types of books. I don’t need everything to be rosy – realistic is ok too. The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson is one of those books…
During that first week of being alone, they are forced to grow up fast learning how to survive in an adult world … from getting the mail to paying bills to getting groceries to washing laundry. It’s a tough road, but if they can pull together and work as a unit, everything will work out fine.
It also makes you stop to think that you don’t really know the story behind anyone. Someone that seems mean spirited may really be hurting and not know the way out of their own darkness. I loved this book.
I felt Teddy’s burdens as he tried to hold it all together. I felt his stress and heartache. I could not imagine being an eighteen year old with my life ahead of me and suddenly my life is changed drastically.
With excellent writing and equally excellent characters, Peterson has created a story that is absolutely unforgettable.
You can relate to the fear experienced by Teddy and Joanie as they try to figure out how they’re going to support their siblings admist a growing rebellion by kids who are balking at the idea of obeying them.
Filled with inspiration dripping through its pages. I wasn’t disappointed and neither will you be.
Peterson has got the recipe for story-telling right … he clearly demonstrates the difficulties that children face when they have lost both their parents.
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The Priest and the Peaches
by Larry Peterson
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.