The Priest and the Peaches

The Priest and the Peaches

by Larry Peterson


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ISBN-13: 9781622085910
Publisher: Helping Hands Press
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Larry Peterson Sr is a published author and Catholic/Christian blogger. A native New Yorker he was born and raised in the south Bronx and moved to New Jersey when he got married. 12 years later the family (He, his wife and three children) settled in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He started writing newspaper commentary in the late 1980's.
Larry's first wife died of cancer (Melanoma) in 2003. He married again in 2006. His new wife also had been widowed. The writer has three grown kids and six grandchildren and they all live within three miles of each other.
His books include the novel, The Priest and the Peaches" and the children's book, "Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes". He is in the final draft of his latest book, "The Grippers" which is about how unexpected life events can drive a family toward the deep sea of homelessness. More info about Larry can be found at

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The Priest and the Peaches 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A book that starts at a low point in a depressing situation and slowly but surely gets weirder and weirder.  A family of five siblings - one girl and four boys, have buried their mother, grandmother and now their father, so they must band together and create a new family unit.  Throw in a noisy neighbor that works for Child Protective Services and a priest who uses all sorts of stories to explain away many a things - this book is just cooky.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I am not generally a fan of YA books (unless we are speaking of the Hunger Games), but this one is unbelievable, and the theme of the story is quite uplifting. When I began this book, I was honestly hooked before too long. The whole idea behind a story of an orphaned family of five children seems simple and possibly not that exciting. However, the story is so well-written, engaging, and humorous that I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Some people might find the death and funeral humor rather disturbing and inappropriate, but I am afraid I must take issue with that. If you can place yourself in the position of these poor kids who have already lost a mother and just lost a father, I think you can appreciate the humor. When circumstances are so tragic, I think having a good sense of humor is a must in order to keep one's sanity. I loved the story of Pop's leg amongst the other tales. This book had another unusual effect on me. I am not a Catholic, and of course, this book comes at things from that perspective. I found that the genuine truth shared within the pages of this book reminded me that God will work everything out. He is a miracle-working God. And even what seems horrible and catastrophic can and will be used for His will. It was also a great reminder that living what you say you believe is key. As a side note, I enjoyed the book's description of why Catholics pray to saints-quite interesting. Bad points? Well, there was no sex (in fact, abstinence was preferred). The bad language was very minor and even laughable at times, I do not think most readers would find anything offensive in this book. I wuld recommend it to just about anyone who enjoys family stories. A definite 5-star rating. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
The Priest and The Peaches This was truly an amazing story of The Yimey Peach Family from the Bronx, New York. "The Priest and the Peaches" story started with five children being newly orphaned and their struggle to survive together as a family. With the help of the Father Tim Sullivan steering them to make good and wise decisions the children were able to overcome many obstacles that were presented to them. And in the end this Peach Family got a surprise from a person who had once been their enemy, was now there for them showing much love. I really did enjoy reading this novel. It did cause me to cry a little but I also laughed at so much of it too. The story really makes one think of just what really could happen when you are an orphan. The book is really a page turner. I believe Mr. Larry Peterson did a excellent job with the telling of this story "The Priest and the Peaches" and I definitely would recommend this novel to all. The Priest and the Peaches" was a excellent read!
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Often times, faith is something almost all of us have a hard time in having. Believing in something you can't see is testing, most especially for those of us who have strayed from the Lord's path. Believing in his goodness, in the fact that he'll lead us along the righteous path, well, it can honestly be trying. The reason for this is because for some, the trials and tribulations they face along the way hard from them to place their trust in a being they're really not sure exists. For the Peaches, both young and old, their lives haven't been that easy. The children lost their mother and grandmother at a very young age and have dealt with the consequences of their deaths ever since then. When their father falls ill, the children realize it's another blow of disappointment they've been dealt with - a disappointment none of them wish to deal with just yet. Despite this, they're determined to band together in hopes of helping their father through his ordeal. The task of keeping the family afloat falls upon Joanie and Teddy's hands, the oldest of the Peach children. Beeker, Dancer, and Joey don't quite understand what's going on, but for their father's sake, they're willing to pretend that everything is fine and dandy. Unbeknownst to the Peach children, their problems are just beginning. When their father takes a turn for the worse and dies unexpectedly, Joanie, Teddy, and the children must find the strength within themselves to face the adversity that has now been lain at their feet. Their faith has been shattered and each one of them begin to wonder as to whether they'll be able to bounce back from the brink of a darkness that seems intent on engulfing each and every one of them. Determined to pick up the pieces of a life they'd once known, Joanie and Teddy do their best to keep their family together. The children's unexpected saving grace arrives in the form of Father Sullivan, a man who believes completely in the blessings and virtues extoled by God himself. His faith is firmly cemented in the fact that God will provide for his flock no matter what happens along the way. Father Sullivan has tried to make this fact known to all those he meets wherever his feet have taken him. While there are a good many that shun the message he tries to deliver, he knows that there are a good many who will take the Lord's words into their hearts and do the best they can with what they've been given - a certainty that becomes apparent when the safety and well-being of the Peach children inadvertently lands in his hands. This was such a beautiful story. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it to anyone for reading. It's meaning, and the lessons found throughout the story, will touch a soul to its very core. While this is a Catholic fiction story, I think it's one that will leave the person reading with a better understanding of God, of faith, of death, and even of life, be it whether they're a religious person or not. We're able to feel the Peach family's pain, their laughter, their fears, and their triumphs as they seek to make the most of a situation that is way out of their control. We're able to watch a family grow within a period of seven days while faced with an adversity that, at times, seems to want to topple the family altogether. The fact that they're able to bounce back and find strength and meaning within the very world they live in goes to show us that anything is possible only if you believe. It's like a Christian song that was taught to me when I was little, if your faith is like that of a small mustard seed, you can move mountains. The book made me realize that it's very much true. Anything is possible, but only if you believe. More so, if you believe that God will be there with you no matter what comes your way.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson captures the life of the newly orphaned Peach kids as they struggle in the aftermath of their father’s death and plan his funeral. This touching tale of faith and hope offers a glimpse into the lives of this working class Catholic family set in 1960’s Bronx, NY. Steeped in faith and laced with humor Peterson’s tale delivers a powerful message "to love thy neighbor." This was an emotional and heartbreaking tale. This dysfunctional family has seen a lot of heart-ache. They lost their mother to leukemia; their grandma stepped in to help and recently passed away. Mr. Peach suffers from grief at the lost of his wife and turns to the bottle. The church and Father Sullivan step into help, but sadly the liquor takes its toll, leaving eighteen year old Teddy and seventeen year old Joanie to care for their three younger siblings. Teddy really steps up and trys to take care of them. Each of the kids is suffering and shows it differently. The youngest Joey thinks he is having conversations with his Dad. Add a nosy neighbor named Beatrice, an Aunt named Vera and a couple of drunks, you get quite the tale. While I found parts of the tale to be rough, like the dialogue, which at times seemed awkward, the overall message and tale was delightful. I enjoyed the lively cast of characters and their antics. Peterson captures their thoughts and emotions giving them depth. This was a quick and easy read that I finished in just a few hours. Peterson provides a touching tale of family, survival, faith, and hope. LYN.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
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. EBook courtesy of Tribute Books ###
jld47 More than 1 year ago
This book flowed nicely and the characters were well developed in a short period of time. It quickly captured my interest and kept it throughout. Although based on a sad situation, there was also humor. I found myself really caring what would happen to this group of children. This well-written story had a message that all would do well to learn. As I was reading, I couldn't help think that every child deserves a person like the priest portrayed in this story to help them through troubled times. We all have the potential to be that person for someone someday.
BurgandyIce More than 1 year ago
This story has depth. For starters, an only parent dies. There are five kids of a wide range of ages. The oldest is nearly 18 and finds himself thrust into leadership and responsibility all of sudden along with his sister, the next oldest. At the beginning of the story, their father dies suddenly, right around Christmas. There is the stark reality of sorrow to deal with as well as Christmas and funeral services, not to mention bills and simple survival. Each of the Peach kids have their own personality. I could picture each of them with their ages and characters. I thought it was great that Teddy was confronted with the close relationship with his girlfriend and having the strength to make a decision separately from the emotional upheaval of the moment. This book is also a peek into being a Catholic - the Priest is a great character with so much depth of love and acceptance and listening. The rituals were not familiar to me, but they were described well. The author follows the moment-by-moment adjustments, the realities and the joys. I liked the way he scraped the bottom of emotions and found that near-hysterical comedy that is as much as a relief as tears. Just as the time frame is short, one week, the book is a fast read. Yet every character is given room to grow and change, which makes it endearing. My Review: 3.5 - Worth the Time to Read