But, they so graciously understood and gave me time to fully soak into the world of the Caldwell sisters in Peculiar, Florida.
On first impression, before even reading the book, the cover invites you in to the Sycamores, the Caldwell estate, housing the third generation of Caldwells, sisters, in fact, five miles south of a town called Peculiar.
Carlene and Darlene are twins who have lived apart from the time they were eighteen years old. Life, love, fame, and dreams intervened to separate a once inseparable pair. Magnolia, better known as Nolie, by those in Peculiar, lives in the shadows of her older sisters, haunted by her own heartbroken past. As life shifts and changes for these post-middle-aged women, the heart and history of Sycamores is revealed through their own personal journeys, filled with aching mistakes and surprising revelations.
I appreciate how the story weaves seamlessly through present events and past memories with both being seen from each sister's vantage point. Drawn into the story by Southern plantations, small town charm, rich family history, and mysteriously veiled past, I quickly stepped into the world of Peculiar, sensing the emotions of every character as if they were friends.
If you enjoy a story that does not center only on romantic love and relationship, but also on the hurts and joys of family, friendships, and dreams won and lost, this is the book for you!
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