More Changes

Autumn Leaves

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because it sometimes sounds right in my head but after I click “Publish” mistakes suddenly appear. (My computer must have gremlins because it can’t possibly be my fault.)

I have made some additional changes to my review blog! Starting now, I will now accept review books mainly through Awesome Indies. This fits in with more opportunities on the Awesome Indies site, where independent authors can have their books evaluated by industry professionals against specific criteria for quality fiction & deemed to be of the same quality of craftsmanship as books published by mainstream publishing houses . Most of the books I review are indie books anyway, so this gives us a streamlined approach. I will still consider traditionally-published books. Visit my Review Policy page for more details.

How will independent/self-published books get onto my review list through Awesome Indies? I have placed a link on my Review Policy page where you can find the contact information to put your book under the eyes of multiple Awesome Indies reviewers! I may choose your book, or another AI reviewer may choose it. These changes provide you a better opportunity to get a review and give me an easier time finding great books to review.

If your book is already on my review list, I will still read and review your book. If your independent book is still on my list but you would prefer to submit through Awesome Indies, please let me know so I can adjust the list.

Thank you for sharing all your great books with me! As an author myself, I know how important your book is to you and I am honored you have asked me to share it.

Sincerely,

Kate Policani

Breaking free!

As a change of pace for my review site, I am shaking things up. This winter and spring is busy for me with non-reading activities. I know! It’s a crime! I have not much time for reading and reviewing. But summer is coming!!!

My shake-up plan for summer starts now: Except for special-date books or already-reading books, I will now begin choosing from my (enormous) list based on the titles and synopses that interest me most. (No, it’s not fair to those authors who have been waiting so long. Sorry!) I want to blast through this mountain and get some reading done. I need me some books!

I’ll craft a special post on my author site for each book explaining why I think have the best synopses and why, and I will read as many as I can as quickly as I can.

Ready, set, read!

The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

The Priest and the Peaches

by Larry Peterson

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pops and his five kids are in trouble. Motherless for several years and suffering without her care, they are limping through life in the 1960’s. Pops turned to drinking to ease his sorrow at losing his love, with dire consequences. Upon Pops death from the poisonous drink, the five children, led by eighteen-year-old Teddy and seventeen-year-old Joanie, must navigate the adult world. With sometimes hilarious trouble and catastrophe, they manage the funeral and the many responsibilities that fall on their shoulders. Watching over them is Father Sullivan, a true priest and manly man, who guides and protects the children in their struggles.

The Priest and the Peaches was heartwarming. Written in a reminiscing style, it felt as if the author was speaking of his own family and neighborhood. Each character was written with care, and their deep feelings came out through their journey. The Peach children faced their trials valiantly and with an uncommon maturity.

I really enjoyed the themes of redemption and forgiveness. Every character wronged someone, and the wrongs were all addressed in light of the theme “LYN” or “love your neighbor”. The character of Father  Sullivan portrayed a priest who was truly committed to his responsibilities, leading and guiding his community. Father Sullivan understood the real purpose of scripture and the church, which was refreshing in a literary world where the clergy are the villains.

The few problems in the book were a frequency of editing errors and an occasional tendency to ramble off into reminiscence that didn’t really fit with the story. Also probably the most important problem was that the beginning of the book was a bewildering whirlwind of names and nicknames, wrapped up in action that I wasn’t able to follow because I was still wondering who it was talking about. I didn’t really feel like I was able to know any characters until the second or third chapter. If I had sampled this book for my own entertainment without the commitment to finish and review it, I probably wouldn’t have persevered past the first few pages.

Once I fought through the beginning, though, I really needed to know what was going to happen to these poor kids, and how God was going to get them out of the next scrape. I cried several times at the touching moments of compassion and sacrifice. (That kind of thing always makes me cry!) Being a Protestant  who doesn’t love liturgy and ritual, I winced a little at the rigors of the Catholic services, but I loved the way the author brought out Jesus in them. The salvation message was the center of the theme and the way the flawed characters and their foibles fit into the Gospel was beautiful to see.

I really loved this story of joy in the presence of trials and recommend it to all ages.