REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES by Lynne Hugo & Giveaway


The relationship between a horse and a human being can’t fully be explained. It’s a deep intimate one that perhaps can only be experienced. We had several horses growing up on Long Island. The only time I ever saw my father cry, I mean deeply from his gut, is when his quarter horse, Charlie died. He was a tough guy – a New York cop, but the tears flowed. That memory was close to the surface for me, as I read Lynne Hugo’s novel, REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES (Switchgrass Books).

The beauty of Kentucky horse country can’t hide the ugly dysfunction of the family we meet in REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES. Hack is the patriarch, old and blind, his wife, Louetta is crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. Jewel struggles to care for the breeding farm, job, her loser husband and drug-addict, daughter, Carley. The horses, or her beauties as she calls them, are the one shining light, that helps keep her sane.

Every family has a black sheep, and there’s is Cal. When her brother, ex-con Cal, whom Jewel has every reason to hate, decides to show up on the farm again, he gives Jewel a new reason to pick up her gun.

I enjoy reading novels about families with problems, with flawed characters and Lynne Hugo has written a narrative full of heartbreak with the sensitivity of a poet. In this family, those who love one another, misunderstand each other and are unable to communicate. It’s as if they speak on parallel planes. The characters points-of-view alternate, including one coming from the horse, Spice. This technique makes it so only the reader really knows what’s going on. Some families never survive and end up crumbling, but against all odds, Lynne Hugo offers hope in REMEMBER THE BEAUTIES.

At one-hundred sixty-four pages, it’s a short novel, but Lynne Hugo shares more wisdom about family and forgiveness than I’ve read in tomes twice or three times as long in REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES.

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About Lynne Hugo

Lynne Hugo has published ten previous books, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her memoir, WHERE THE TRAIL GROWS FAINT, won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize in 2004, and her sixth novel, A MATTER of MERCY, was awarded an Independent Publisher silver medal for best regional fiction in 2014. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she lives in Ohio with her husband and their yellow Labrador retriever.

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy of REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES to give away. Just leave a comment about what you love about your family! We’ll pick a winner Friday! Have a great week!


10 thoughts on “REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES by Lynne Hugo & Giveaway

  1. I love that I have a family of great listeners, and we value loyalty to each other. I loved reading your review of this book. The horse’s narration is fascinating to me!

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  2. Thank you, Cindy, for this review of REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES. I’m so glad the hope and forgiveness shine through for you, and I really appreciate how clearly you have represented what the book is about, both plot and theme. Thank you, too, for sharing the story about your father. If the picture you posted is one of Charlie, he was a beauty indeed. Thank you again. I really hope your readers love the book, too, and I’d be so happy to hear any reactions or respond to questions. My website is


    1. Thank you so much Lynne for sharing your thoughts on my review. You can read some of our reader’s responses in the comment section. I look forward to experiencing your next piece of work. That’s not Charlie on my blog, but it’s a quarter horse who looks very similar. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of Charlie.


  3. “At one-hundred sixty-four pages, it’s a short novel, but Lynne Hugo shares more wisdom about family and forgiveness than I’ve read in tomes twice or three times as long” Wow! High praise indeed. I look forward to spending an afternoon or two reading this slim novel.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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