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  • Great Peach Experiment Series, Book 1
  • By: Erin Soderberg Downing
  • Narrated by: Lu Banks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie

By: Erin Soderberg Downing
Narrated by: Lu Banks
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Mix together a used food truck, a road trip that doesn't exactly go as planned, and a lot of pie, and you have the recipe for this sweet middle grade series starter brimming with humor, heart, and a family you'll fall in love with.

Sweet summer has taken a rotten turn....

After a tough year, Lucy, Freddy, and Herb Peach are ready for vacation. Lucy wants to read all of the books on the summer reading list. Freddy wants to work on his art projects. Herb wants to swim every day.

Then their dad makes a big announcement: One of the inventions their mom came up with before she passed away has sold, and now they're millionaires!

But Dad has bigger plans than blowing the cash on fun stuff or investing it. He's bought a used food truck. The Peaches are going to spend the summer traveling the country selling pies. It will be the Great Peach Experiment - a summer of bonding while living out one of Mom's dreams. And there's one more issue Dad's neglected: None of them knows how to bake....

A perfect blend of humor, heart, and family antics, When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie is a delectable treat to be gobbled down or savored slowly. (Slice of pie on the side highly recommended.)

©2021 Erin Soderberg Downing (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Jennifer
  • 28-10-22

A Peach of a book!

When Life Gives You Lemons Make Peach Pie was a story about the Peach Family and their summer vacation that comes with unexpected plans, challenges, and so much learning about how to live together as a family after the death of their mother. The three Peach kids, Lucy, Freddy and Herb are all looking forward to summer vacation when their Dad arrives home with an old, dirty food truck that he bought with the money from the sale of their mom’s invention, which sold after she passed away from cancer. He announces to his 3 kids that they will be cleaning up the food truck and traveling for the summer, selling pies and ending the summer by competing in the Food Truck Festival! The Peach kids are not convinced this is a good idea and it erases all of the plans they had for a fun summer vacation. Along their journey they learn alot about making and selling pies and so much more. This adventure shows the obvious challenges the Peach family has faced since the death of their mom. They learn so much about themselves and each other and how to move on and create new ways to bond and process the grief of losing their mom. This book was fun and easy to read. The characters were relatable and lovable. It was satisfying to see them go through their challenges and to find solutions. Their journey was full of adventure. I really liked how the characters were all faced with learning something new together. None of them knew how to bake and sell pies from scratch and as a family they learned this new skill. It was a great way to show the relationships of the characters to one another and also highlights the challenges of grief and growing up that this family is facing. The narrator’s performance only added to my enjoyment of the book! She did a great job. I loved reading the book and I look forward to reading the next books in the series!

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  • R. Thune
  • 25-11-21

A "peach" of a book

This is the type of book that makes it all worthwhile! Yes, it's a bit simplistic but given the audience that it's written for that is a requirement. The only thing that I can find fault with the book is that the ending is just a little too neat, but that may be my problem. The characters are believable and the storyline is good and believable. I would definitely recommend this book to adults and young readers alike. It runs the gamut of emotions and nothing is entirely easy. The family interacts in a in a realistic and understandable way and overcomes problems to a satisfying conclusion. It is well written and definitely worth the time to delve into.
I need to call out the narrator, Lou Banks, for the incredible job she did, the voices she gave the characters are spot on. The interpretation and emotion are excellent I think she has outdone herself with this book. It is definitely well worth the listen for both adults and young readers. I cannot recommend it highly enough!! Definitely worth a listen!