It's very rare that I choose a book based on its cover, but this time I did. Five Miles South of Peculiar is the story of three sisters who grew up in a small town in Florida. Darlene and Carlene are twins and their little sister is Magnolia. Carlene goes to New York and makes a career on Broadway, while the other two live at the family estate and create lives of their own. Even though, Darlene and Magnolia live together, it is clear that each of the sisters has created their own world to live in. When Carlene comes back home to celebrate a birthday with her sister, all of their walls begin to crumble.
The story is well written, though I often got confused between the twins because of their similar names. It's hard to choose which story line was the most enjoyable, because I related in some way to each of the three sisters. I probably enjoyed reading about the small town life most of all. A nice escape from the big city and into a slower pace and time. Five Miles South of Peculiar also reminded me that just because things don't turn out the way you expected, doesn't mean that they didn't turn out for the best.
I received a review copy of this book from Howard Books. I am not required to say positive things about books that I review.