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.
About The Author:
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 (https://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.
Larry Peterson is a highly talented author in all he does. I had the wonderful pleasure of reviewing his children’s book, Slippery Willy’s Stupid Ugly Shoes some time back, and I knew then that this author had extreme talent. So, I was quite please to partake in another of his blog tours, this time for a YA novel that is highly unique and extremely complex.
The Peaches are a family who’s faith is extremely tested. Dealing with heartache at young ages, they’ve seen death twice, and are about to deal with it again when their father becomes sick. Suddenly, these young children are taking on the world with funerals, and growing up too fast. Not getting to live a life of kids, they are know forced to do what they can to stay together as a family and survive. Along the way they encounter obstacles that will make you smile, and some that will leave you with tears in your eyes.
One person they came across and relied on to the end, was the Priest. Father Sullivan tries to instill in the young children the hope and faith that they need to survive as orphaned children. Dealing with death and unanswered hopes and prayers, the children are extremely reluctant to believe in what the Father is trying to teach them. But, Father Sullivan will not give up.
This is a book that grips you from beginning to end. It’s filled with real-life events, and children that you just want to wrap your arms around, pray for them, and hug them til they smile forever. Most definitely worthy of 5 Books and highly recommended, this book is perfect for young readers, and older readers, alike. The message of always having have faith, even in trying times, stands strong and true in the middle of the plot. I can’t wait for another amazingly written book by this absolutely talented author! Well done, once again, Mr. Peterson!