Remember My Beauties, by Lynne Hugo

5 the amazing emotions stars!!


This is my first time reading a book by Lynne Hugo.  I must say I was amazed.. her writing flowed so nicely.  I read this book in one afternoon!

I love horses, I own horses, I love Kentucky.  Guess what this book has in it?!?!  If you guessed horses and Kentucky then you guessed correctly.  I saw this on NetGalley and instantly requested it.  Thank the lucky stars the publisher Switchgrass books said yes to my request.  (thank you to the publisher and netgalley!!)

I was unsure what to expect when I started this book.  I did read the synopsis but I wasn’t sure how the author would write it all out.  This book is from many character’s point of view.  One character is a horse.. yup a horse.  I adored the horses POV…  The author really did her research with her knowledge of horses.  It was really nice to see that she had actually researched what owning a horse is like. (or maybe she does own horses?)

Hack and Louetta are married and have 3 children, Jewel, Cal, and Nadine.  Nadine doesn’t show up in this book at all.  The family is broken/disconnected from one another.  Jewel has taken it upon herself to take care of everyone.  Her father Hack is blind and Louetta has many medical problems.  While Louetta and Jewel do not get along since they have a not so great past, Hack and Jewel get along very well because they share the love of his beauties (aka the horses).  Jewel had a daughter who’s father had run off when she was young.  Her daughter’s name is Carley… oh Carley how my heart broke for you.  Carley is a user and abuser of many different drugs.  She is also stuck in a dead end relationship with another user. The book starts off with Jewel cutting off all of her wonderful hair that Eddie loves.  Eddie her husband seems complacent he doesn’t really fight for anything he believes in.  His daughter Chassie lives with them.  While Eddie is very hard on Carley he seems to let Chassie do whatever she wants.  Whenever things blow apart within the whole family Eddie has to step up and help out. Everything seems to blow up whenever Jewel’s brother comes back from being away for years.  She tells her parents she won’t help out anymore if he is there.  Then she tries to rescue her daughter again.  However you cannot help people whom don’t want to be helped…

Like I said this book is told from so many different perspectives.  However you are never confused or have to re-read any part   The author seems to weave a the story well it goes from being in tatters to on the mend.  The characters are amazingly well thought out and the emotions I had while reading this ran the gambit of hopeful to despair.  I will say there are trigger warnings in this book. (triggers for molestation)  Nothing in this book was brushed under the rug it all comes out at some point in time… I will be looking for more books written by this author so that I can see how it compares.

This book is set to be released on April 18, 2016. Thank you Netgally for my ARC copy for my honest opinion.

book blurb and such…

Paperback, 194 pages
Expected publication: April 18th 2016 by Switchgrass Books
ISBN 0875807364 (ISBN13: 9780875807362)

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


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