Five Miles South of Peculiar by Angela Hunt


Angela Hunt never fails to please. This is another notched success and very different from most of her other novels.

The story builds well, and we get a split scene basically viewing all the sisters in the environment they've inhabited for years. I really like setting the scene. Our wide-angle view of all the characters is painted well if a little disjointed. (However, don't expect continuity because the reader jumps from character to character; and I hate that.) Each character has just the right amount of description along with a personality snapshot which gives you a remarkable understanding of character and motivations. So when Caroline comes home, you already expect sparks to fly.

I do not think this is her best novel, but Hunt does fulfill expectations. So enjoy her latest offering.


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.

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