Saturday 9 June 2018

The Priest and the Peaches - Larry Peterson

The Priest and the Peaches
Larry Peterson
Helping Hands Press
ISBN 9781622085910
eISBN 9781311800442


This book took me completely by surprise. I picked it up because of a glowing review from an author I really enjoy. But That review did not prepare me for how powerful and moving this story was. This book brought me close to tears, but also caused me to laugh literally out loud many times. The description of the book is:

"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."

I loved this book! It was a really fun read, watching the 5 peach kids come together after losing their father. They had previously lost their mother and their grandmother. This story set in New York in the early 1960's is a story about family, faith, and doing the best you can in a hard situation. After the death of their family the 5 Peach children only have three things. They have each other, they have their faith and the support of Father Tim, and they have their fathers core principal "L-Y-N means Love Your Neighbor".

In some ways father Tim reminds me of Bishop Blackie Ryan from some of the earlier books by Andrew M. Greeley, but with a little more devote faith. This book is full of surprises, from their Father's false leg being found in the ally behind the funeral home, after it had been lost and found at the hospital. To a great flood in their apartment, from the best intentions gone wrong. It will also pull at your heart strings; a young man just trying to keep his siblings together. Miraculously just the right amount of money they need for the couch payment, phone bill, and electricity. To one coasting much more than they expected and another ending up costing less.

This book is a wonderful read. It is one of those books I will likely end up reading again and again. I already have plans to read it with my kids over the summer holidays. This is a great read, it is good clean story. It presents good values. And is very well written. I give it a solid 5/5 stars!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Larry Peterson:
Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes
Horizon Homeless

The Priest and the Peaches

Demons of Abadon Series:
Shadows and Light Volume 1
Father Sir Volume 2
Maybe This House is Haunted Volume 3
Leave Abadon or Die Volume 4

The Demons of Abadon - The Complete Series

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