Thursday, June 28, 2012

Five Miles South of Peculiar Book Review

I have a new book to tell you about today called Five Miles South of Peculiar written by Angela Hunt. As is my custom, I will show you the excerpt from the back of the book or the insert in the front cover.

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 . . . until her limelight-stealing twin sister unexpectedly returns.
Carlene Caldwell, veteran of the Broadway stage, is devastated when she realizes that a botched throat surgery has spelled the end of her musical career. Searching for a new purpose in life, she retreats to Sycamores, her childhood home.

Haunted by a tragic romance, Magnolia Caldwell is the youngest of the Caldwell girls. Nolie spends her days caring for her dogs and the magnificent gardens she's created, but when she meets a man haunted by 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 unforseen detour? In a season of destiny, three unique woman reunite and take unexpected journeys of the heart.
My Thoughts:

Two of the sisters are twins, Darlene & Carlene. When Carlene decided to go to Juliard, the music school in New York, she left behind her boyfriend, Griff, who after she was gone, turned to Darlene. They married and lived a long and happy life in Peculiar and had two children.

Carlene is forced to give up her music career when her throat surgery does not help her. She returns home to Peculiar and there is still alot of tension between her and Darlene.

The third sister, Nolie, was left at the altar and she never got over that and retreated to the family home, Sycamores. She never learns to drive and all she cares about is her gardens and her 2 dogs. She makes aprons and then will just hand them out to everyone. Until the day that Erik Payne comes to their estate seeking work. He is a divorced minister who lost his church because of the divorce and he and Nolie will have to face some tough choices as time goes on.

The Sycamores has been in the family a long time. Their grandfather died in 1968 and nothing much has been done with the house since then. So, the women hire Erik to help get the house back in shape. It is Darlene's & Carlene's birthday coming up that brings the two women face to face again after all these years.

This is a good hearted book that I think you will enjoy. It is really about every day life that most of us live and we can relate to these women on several different occasions. It is what you do with those choices that determines the kind of person you are.

Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.