Thursday, June 28, 2012

Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt ~ review

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182048

"If these three sisters don't change direction, they'll end up where they're going. "Darlene Caldwell has spent a lifetime tending Sycamores, an estate located five miles south of a small town called Peculiar. She raised a family in the spacious home that was her grandfather's legacy, and she enjoys being a pillar of the community. Sycamores is the kingdom where she reigns as queen . . . until her limelight-stealing twin sister unexpectedly returns.

Carlene Caldwell, veteran of the Broadway stage, is devastated when she realizes that an unsuccessful throat surgery has spelled the end of her musical career. Searching for a new purpose in life, she retreats to Sycamores, her childhood home. She may not be able to sing, but she hopes to use her knowledge and experience to fashion a new life in Peculiar, the little town she left behind.

Haunted by a tragic romance, Magnolia Caldwell is the youngest of the Caldwell girls. Nolie has never wanted to live anywhere but Sycamores. She spends her days caring for her dogs and the magnificent gardens she's created on the estate, but when she meets a man haunted by his own tragedy, she must find the courage to either deny her heart or cut the apron strings that tie her to a dear and familiar place.

Can these sisters discover who they are meant to be when life takes an unforeseen detour? In a season of destiny, three unique women reunite and take unexpected journeys of the heart.

My take on this book:
I always enjoy a story set in the south, and with a title as different as this one I knew I had to read it, and I am so glad I did. It had me thinking about my own relationship with my sisters.

A story that takes the reader on a journey involving three sisters who lives have sort of drawn them away from each other, but as so often that it happens life has a funny way of drawing us back to those most important in our lives. A wonderful read that had me laughing, but also tugged at my heart.Angela Hunt is a wonderful storyteller, and I always look forward to whatever she writes. Recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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