Remember My Beauties
Diamonds are formed from ugly rocks under great pressure.
I have to be honest, Remember My Beauties by Lynne Hugo was one of those books that I really struggled to read. From the beginning, not only could I not relate to the lead character, Jewel, but her attitude and life choices made me strongly dislike her. I hated the victim mentality and inability of her character to deal with life and issues. For example, the book starts out with Jewel hacking off her long, beautiful hair because she feels her life is out of control. How does that fix anything?
That is just the beginning of things that have dysfunctional written all over them. How about out of control, druggy adult daughter; good for nothing, free-loading, molested me as a young girl brother who has high induced sex with my adult daughter; mother who takes advantage of me and chooses my good for nothing brother over me; dull husband who has no comprehension of me emotionally, wants nothing to do with my druggy daughter yet wants his two kids to live with us; and blind dad who loves the horses like I do but will never stand up to my mother when it comes to me????? Makes you want to run out and read it!
I probably put this book down a dozen times (good thing I had a couple of weeks to get the review out!) But with my deadline looming I decided to take one for the team and push through it. I’m so glad I did because it is a gem of a tale….
The ending will bring you to tears and make you appreciate the fact that life is ugly, and messy and painful at times, but also full of love and second chances. And just like a pearl, diamond, gold, or anything precious is not easily obtained but worth all the effort so is Remember My Beauties worth the the read.
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Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.