May 31, 2008
Peach Street Follies
Peach Street Follies is a charming tale of family life and love that rings with the incomparable warmth of truth. Lyndsey and Emily Pennington are sisters who live happily with their grandparents and Rosie, the family dog. Papa and Nana help the girls make every day a new adventure and the reader feels pulled into this loving family as the children go on a trip to the county fair … hatch a plot to catch the tooth fairy at work … even find a baby in a little red wagon on their doorstep. I found myself mentally in a mud puddle with the children on a special rainy day, and shivering with child-like excitement at the mysterious happenings during an overnight camp-out. When the girls and Nana create a very happy snowy-day birthday for a young friend, one almost tastes that first oh-so-delicious lick of chocolate frosting right off the beaters.
Susan Browning Pennington has created a warm and welcoming world that will be enjoyed by the young and the young-at-heart. This reader felt herself pulled cozily into the arms of a loving family. Pennington took me back to a childhood I thought mostly forgotten, and helped me remember what it was like to find adventure in every moment, and something exciting in every new day.