Peach by Wayne Barton – Book Review

Peach by Wayne Barton – Book Review

Peach by Wayne Barton


Author – Wayne Barton
Publisher – Fish Out of Water Books
Pages – 320
Released – 15th March 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1947886025
Format – paperback
Reviewer – Marcia
Star Rating 3.5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Following the untimely passing of a close friend, British songwriter and producer, Freddie Ward, arrives in Bliss, Idaho to work on a comeback album with beloved singer-songwriter, Hal Granger. Adrift and bereft, Freddie is looking to gain a sense of perspective after a series of bad decisions–decisions that cost him his relationship and life as he knows it. However, almost as soon as Freddie arrives in Idaho, Hal drops an unexpected and devastating bombshell.

Far from the hustle and bustle of his life in England, out in the stark isolation of the northwestern U.S., with time to think, to reflect, Freddie slowly begins to rebuild his life, haunted both by the events of the recent past and his reactions to them. Through words of wisdom from Hal and a series of meandering, existential, and profound conversations, PEACH explores themes such as love, loss, loyalty, and friendship; second chances and redemption; how to make the most of your time; and, last but not least, the meaning of home.

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Protagonist Freddie Ward is a travelling musician and songwriter. When someone he had become close to, via his work, dies Freddie takes their death hard and struggles with grief, he loses his identity and shuts out the one person that is closest to him.

After a meeting with someone from his past, little by little he begins to find himself again and return to the man he was before.

Freddie’s journey of loss and self-discovery takes him from the UK to the USA and then back again. It was interesting to get to read about Freddie’s journey in the two different countries, both were detailed well. It was also endearing how the conversations throughout seemed so heartwarming and touching as if the author had been through the same heartache himself.

The structure of the book was quite hard to grasp at the start, but once I got used to it the story started to flow and held me to the pages. This is not a book you can rush, it is a slow paced story of love, loss, and rediscovery. The pages were filled with pure emotion which you could feel intensely and the writing makes you stop and think about your own life. You might also need a tissue at some points.

However, I felt a little let down by the ending as it really didn’t compliment this wonderful book, which is such a shame.

Reviewed by Marcia

About the Author

Wayne Barton is a best-selling author, ghost writer and producer.

In 2015 he was described by the Independent as ‘the leading writer on Manchester United’. He has ghost written a number of autobiographies of former footballers.

In 2018 his critically acclaimed biography of former United assistant manager Jimmy Murphy was a number one best seller; this was followed by the December 2018 release of ‘Too Good To Go Down’ which achieved the same accolade. ‘Too Good To Go Down’ is the book of the BT Sport film of the same name, which Wayne worked on in a producer capacity.

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18 Responses

  1. Emma Mane says:

    Nice review

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    I don’t think this one is for me, I need a good ending for closure. I love your reviews!

  3. I like the books that have a touch of emotion in it, even if I hate crying myself? but I feel that those books are more beneficial than the others.
    You know, books are Journeys. Thankyou for your review ?

  4. Natalie says:

    Sounds different! Thanks for sharing

  5. Stormi says:

    I’m sorry the ending didn’t hold up to the rest of the book. Hopefully your next read is 5 stars from beginning to end.

  6. Finitha Jose says:

    I don’t think this is for me. Loved reading your review . . .

  7. Nadia says:

    Often a book with so much emotion can fall short in some ways, because of the need for closure. Have a great next read!

  8. Great review Marcia , I don’t think this is my kind of book that I would read but it does looks and sounds very intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  9. Megan | Ginger Mom and Company says:

    Great review, though from the sounds of it, I would feel the same. Probably not one I will pick up.

  10. Thanks. I know that feeling.

  11. You’re very welcome. Glad you like it.

  12. It certainly is different.

  13. Thank you. Me too.

  14. Thank you. It’s not a book for everyone.

  15. Thank. I agree with you.

  16. Thanks. It’s not for all.