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.
Heartbreaking, but uplifting, the author has a way of touching your soul with his words.
The book was really good. I found myself with so many emotions about these kids and all they had to endure. What a delightful surprise to feel so many tugs at my heart. I loved each of the kids and felt like I could relate to all of them. The way they deal with each other and the family as a whole is an inspiration.
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I think that it would be good for a tween to see that even in the worst of times things can work out.
Here’s a book that will tug at your heart strings that you will definitely not want to put down!
Each of the Peach kids have their own personality. I could picture each of them with their ages and characters.
The Priest and the Peaches was a complete home run. I don't know why I connected so well with this book, but I did. I could relate to the characters and found myself excited to keep reading and finding out what happened.
What I truly enjoyed is how the story showed that kids often don’t know everything about their parents and the impact they have on other people. The Peach kids and the readers learn that Pops is a lot more than meets the eye.
The theme of love your neighbor is certainly one that we could stand to see more of in the world, so I greatly appreciate that being portrayed in the book.
The Priest and the Peaches is one of those gems that I found by entering out of my comfort zone.
This is a very heartwarming and sad story of five children who were made orphans when their widowed father dies unexpectedly.