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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Five Miles South of Peculiar

I'm posting this review today as part of a blog tour for Glass Road Publications.  They sent me a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of review.  The opinions are my own.

Taken from Angela's bio section on her website
"Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to nonfiction books, to novels.  
Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life— in the fifth grade she learned how to flirt from reading Gone with the Wind.
Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Also in 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree. She completed her doctorate in 2008 and was accepted into a Th.D. program in 2009. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course."

You can connect with Angela on her website or on her Facebook page.
Book Synopsis from the back of the book:
"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 teh 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 of 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 women reunite and take unexpected journeys of the heart."

My Thoughts about the Book:
I've read some of Angela's other books and have been impressed with her writing.  I was a little disappointed in Five Miles South of Peculiar.  The story is very slow moving and was hard to "get into".  Only until about page 130 (around chapter 8) was my interest really piqued.  With so many sluggish parts to wade through, it almost seemed as if Hunt was just filling up space.  With that said, the story is a good one with great character development.  A nice touch are the recipes included at the end of the book:  Darlene's Very Vanilla Cupcakes and Mayor Henry Hooper's Favorite Toffee Mocha Cream Torte, as well as the discussion questions and author interview.  
Once the reader trudges through the slow beginning, she will be in for a great story of the unshakable bond of sisterhood and family and the discovery of the truly important things in life.

The book can be purchased at by going HERE.  

Happy Reading,