Peach by Wayne Barton Review


This week saw the release of Wayne Barton's 'Peach', you may remember me reviewing Mablethorpe by the same author, and today I'm going to be reviewing his latest work. Here's a little bit of background into the story.

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. 

The story follows a man in pursuit of his dreams, the love he finds and the people he meets along the way. Through his great story telling, the author manages to create crystal clear images in your mind; it's literally like reading a movie. What I like about the book is that you really begin to see the world Wayne Barton's created through the main character's eyes, you think and feel how he does and I think that's what's so successful about it.You're taken on an emotional roller coaster with the main character.

From the moment you pick up the book and read it's first page, you just know its going to be something quite special. You can instantly envisage Wayne Barton's characters through his beautiful description and the characters are so dynamic and each one as likeable as the next.

Captivating and thoughtful, Barton's delicate portrayal of love and loss is certain to leave you thinking.

The book, whilst longer than one I'd normally opt for, kept me hooked from the moment I picked it up. I personally love drama books, despite not being a huge reader myself, and I think that's what this story comes closest too. You're definitely pulled into the drama and you keenly follow it throughout.
The story spans over a long period of time and Wayne Barton successfully manages to show how love can change with it through his use of setting. Wayne Barton manages to bring each scene to life by the character's emotions and behaviours. It seems like every detail in the book contributes to the creating a picture in your mind and it really helps bring the story to life. With each character being as dynamic as the next.

The people, places and ideas shown throughout the book is a journey not to be missed.

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