Thursday, June 28, 2012

Five Miles South of Peculiar

Book Blog Tour Post for Angela Hunt's Five Miles South of Peculiar
Five Miles South of Peculiar Cover

About the Novel:
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.

About the Author:
With nearly 4 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don't Bet Against Me, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Her nonfiction book Don't Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She and her husband make their home in Florida with their dogs. Learn more about Angela at

Pattie's Review:

This novel is a good Southern Christian novel about an old Southern family, and it flows like thick Southern sweet tea. At times, to this Northern gal, the story unfolded a bit more slowly than I would like. It took me a bit longer than usual to get into the story. Nevertheless, the storytelling method is fitting to the story of a family of three women, a homeless and churchless pastor, and plenty of memories and secrets that are revealed gradually through the narrative.

I think anyone with a sister will relate to the tensions between Carlene and Darlene, the twins who look nothing alike, and who lived very different lives. I also think anyone who's been in ministry in any capacity will relate to Erik's pain with regard to his painful experience.

Overall, I'd recommend this novel to fans of Southern fiction, because in the end, it's refreshing to the spirit as drinking sweet tea on a hot summer day.

Thanks to Glass Road PR and Howard Books for a review copy of this novel. 
All opinions about the book are my own.

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