Remember My Beauties By: Lynne Hugo

Book Description...

"Imagine a hawk’s view of the magnificent bluegrass pastures of Kentucky horse country. Circle around the remnants of a breeding farm, four beautiful horses grazing just beyond the paddock. Inside the ramshackle house, a family is falling apart.

Hack, the patriarch breeder and trainer, is aged and blind, and his wife, Louetta, is confined by rheumatoid arthritis. Their daughter, Jewel, struggles to care for them and the horses while dealing with her own home and job—not to mention her lackluster second husband, Eddie, and Carley, her drug-addicted daughter. Many days, Jewel is only sure she loves the horses. But she holds it all together. Until her brother, Cal, shows up again. Jewel already has reason to hate Cal, and when he meets up with Carley, he throws the family into crisis—and gives Jewel reason to pick up a gun.

Every family has heartbreaks, failures, a black sheep or two. And some families end in tatters. But some stumble on the secret of survival: if the leader breaks down, others step up and step in. In this lyrical novel, when the inept, the addict, and the ex-con join to weave the family story back together, either the barn will burn to the ground or something bigger than any of them will emerge, shining with hope. Remember My Beauties grows large and wide as it reveals what may save us."

Title:  Remember My Beauties
Author:  Lynne Hugo
Publisher:  Switchgrass Books
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Remember My Beauties" by Lynne Hugo

My Thoughts....

I wasn't sure when I first started reading..."Remember My Beauties" if I would like this novel but I will say now that I have read it I did find that this author did a wonderful job with delivering a well written script  of a 'broken/disconnected' family to the readers that one will find it very hard to put down until the end. This Kentucky setting, farm family life, ailing parents, a couple with children one with a drug addiction and let's not leave out a certain horrible brother and you have quite a read especially when it seems like all falls on Jewels shoulders.  Things really get heated up when a brother comes back home supposingly to take care of his ailing parents.  Now what all is up between this sister and brother that will soon come to a head.  There is so much drama in the read that will keep you on the edge of your seat taking it all in. Yes it will all come out in the end.  I really enjoyed how this author brought  out this family struggles all out to the reader.  The characters...Hack, Louetta, Jewel, Eddie, Cal, Carley, Chassie, plus a few others  were all well developed, defined, portrayed and believable giving it all and I don't want to leave out the animals....the dog and horses [this title was beautifully woven into this story] that are so well presented in this read. Now, how does this all tie together?  You will have to pick up this good read to see for yourself how well written this story is and even in the worst of  circumstances there can be a healing process that can take place and there be even forgiveness. I will say that even though this was a serious read there will be parts where there will be some humor.   Would I recommend this novel? YES! 

I have been given an ARC copy by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.


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