Five Miles South of Peculiar : Book Review

A brand new book from author Angela Hunt that I think you’ll want to read.
My Review

Three sisters. One widowed and full of attitude. One quirky and naïve. The other a glamorous Broadway star. All so different, but so connected. In Five Miles South of Peculiar, by Angela Hunt, a 50th birthday party reunites twins Darlene and Carlene, and sister Nolie when Carlene returns to the family homestead, now occupied by her sisters. Secrets buried deep in the past have kept the women physically and emotionally separated for years. For three different reasons, each sister has a broken heart. Darlene has thrown herself into volunteer work to compensate for her sadness. Carlene stands at a crossroad wondering what to do now that her career has hopelessly and abruptly ended. She lost the love of her life years ago and never got over it. Nolie has immersed herself in sewing aprons as gifts for her neighbors and raising her dogs.

Each sister faces her own challenge and each has her own journey towards letting go of the past. It’s a story of love, loss, betrayal and rivalry where each character seeks healing and forgiveness. The characters are interesting and engaging. Each is eccentric in her own way. It’s a warm and endearing tale.
Most aspects of the story outcome were fairly predictable, but I really didn’t mind, since this wasn’t billed as suspense. I enjoyed watching the characters change and develop. Sometimes I just enjoy a book for the artistic portrayal of people and events, rather than the unexpected twists and turns. Angela Hunt knows how to deliver on intrigue by creating complex and multilayered relationships and she connects her readers emotionally to the story. She also knows how to weave in a subtle thread of faith without having it feel like someone pasted religion into the book.
I could see this made into a movie because it would be so fun to see these characters come to life. And the story line would be perfect for a movie. Reminds me of something like Steel Magnolias or Fried Green Tomatoes.
I highly recommend this for a fun summer read. I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a free review copy of this book from Howard Books.
About the Author
Angela Hunt PhotoWith 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

WWYD Wednesday – Dominoes

I bought a box of assorted sized wooden dominoes for 25 cents at a yard sale. Now, I’m wondering what to do with them. Any ideas?

 It’s What Would You Do Wednesday. The day when it’s your turn to tell me what you would do with this item. I didn’t count them, but it’s an empty chocolates box full.
 I’m thinking I could make jewelry or a picture frame…or who knows what?
I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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Transformation Tuesday – Furniture from…a Box Spring?

Sometimes, the creativity of my readers just amazes me. I received an e-mail from Linn at The Home Project last week with a photo of the new furniture she and her husband made from an old box spring. My husband would likely use the wood for firewood, or toss the whole thing on the brush pile. But not Linn!
You’ll have to hop over to her blog to see the full post, but here’s a teaser for you from her photos. This has to be one of my favorite Transformation Tuesday ideas.
Linn shows their full tutorial of how they created these great pieces for their deck. 
Thanks Linn, for sharing your creativity with my readers.

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Photo of the Week – Muse Monday

It might look like impressionistic art, but it’s really a photo taken in my back yard during a rain downpour while the sun was out.

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Teapot Turned Flower Pot

My husband rescued this big aluminum tea kettle for me from the trash. I love it! I turned it into a flower pot and now I’m waiting for the Gerbera Daisy to bloom. Now, if I could only remember what color flower I planted in there.


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What Would You Do Wednesday – Vintage Shutters

I bought this shutter at the Apron Chicks Barn Sale in May, and I’m planning to hang it on the wall. But now I need your help. On this What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday, I’m wondering what you would do with it and I’m looking for suggestions.
 At a yard sale, I bought this berry garland, so I’m thinking I’ll use it on here somehow. But now it’s your turn. What would you do to turn this into a wall decoration?
Leave your WWYD comments below, and who knows? Maybe I’ll use your idea!

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Transformation Tuesday – Pallet Benches Part 2

I finally had some dry days to get the deck re-stained and the new benches coated for the first time. I love how it turned out! In case you missed the first post, the benches are made from pallets and my only investment was in the bench pads from Walmart (only $20 online, and much more in the store). The pads were exactly the width of the pallets, and just the right depth for the way the seats worked out with the pallets. 
I originally purchased pads for the back rest too, but then changed my mind when I decided it was just as comfortable without them. So I returned them and got a big pillow which will make a great arm rest, or napping spot.
Here’s a shot of what they look like from the back. Again, I’m sorry that this project just doesn’t lend itself to a tutorial. Pallets are so different depending on where you get them, which means you have to design as you go.
We cut the pallets up and made one into the bench part and another into an upright (with just a little bit of an angle on the backrest). Then, we used additional pieces as supports to screw everything together.
 We stacked two pieces of pallet on top of each other to make them taller.
Here’s a view from the yard. The rest of the deck is pretty low to the ground, but this corner was higher. So, the benches take the place of needing a railing.
 We added a little table in the corner where the two benches meet. Great place to set a book and a cup of coffee.
My husband added an extra pole for the patio umbrella on the side of the deck. I can have it over the seating, or attach the umbrella to the pole on the table on the deck. It’s nice to move the shade around as needed.
These chairs also live on the deck. I bought them two years ago.
 And when I need to cover the pads for rain, I can fold the bench pads and put them under these rain covers from the other chairs. It makes for nice storage for my fabric pieces.
 Now, doesn’t that beckon you to sit and relax? I’m so happy with the transformation. Total cost: $55 for the two cushions and the pillow.
It’s my birthday present from my husband. 🙂

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