Author: Larry Peterson
Publication date: December 21st 2011
Publisher: Tribute Books
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.My thoughts:
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
The Priest and the Peaches is a different kind of book than I usually read and I very much enjoyed it! It's centered around the Peach kids who are orphaned and have to try to find their way in the world even though everything has changed dramatically for them. I was drawn to this one because the description sounds sweet and inspiring and I LOVE the cover! The colour is very striking.
I was hooked on this one from the beginning. The writing is very unique and really stands out. The voices are just very distinctive and they're all so easy to relate to. Of course the tone of this book is quite sad as the kids have just lost their dad which is hard for all of them, from the oldest to the youngest. It was fascinating watching them try to all comes to terms with it and try to stay a family. I think nearly everyone can relate to losing somebody close so The Priest and the Peaches should appeal to many people of all ages! You will see your own emotions reflected back at you from different perspectives.
I was worried that I would find the religious aspect of this one a bit overbearing but it definitely wasn't. The whole book was sweet and hopeful. It shows you how important family is and that there is always a way through the bad times. It's not all doom and gloom and is even quite light hearted despite the subject matter. It was also a nice, quick read. Sometimes branching out from your usual genres can be really worth it.