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Tuesday, July 30, 2019


On September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo came in the dead of night, slamming Category 4 power into Charleston, South Carolina at the worst possible time—high tide. Painter Place is scoured by the writing Atlantic storm surge, forcing Caroline Painter Gregory to say goodbye to a life she loves and face a future that may hold the worst that might happen. On the devastated South Carolina coastline of 1989 and then in Arles, France during the centennial of Van Gogh's life there, Hugo continues the saga of Painter Place.

Pamela Poole's love for the South inspires all her books and paintings. She has written three novels and two short stories that take place on the fictional island in the Painter Place Saga, and she will launch the fourth book. Landmark, in 2019. Pamela lives life loving Jesus and her family as a wife, mother, and Gigi, and she is blessed with true friends. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and various author and artist organizations. She and her husband Mark live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
"Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20,21

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I was so excited to read the follow up book that started with Painter's Place.  I remember every character from the first  book because they were so easy to fall in love with. Caroline was such a talented painter and we traveled far away for her to experience art work and historical places. This book finds the characters facing one of the biggest challenges people have living on the coast. Hurricane Hugo had its sights on the Carolina coast and disaster was about to strike.
The author does a realistic account of the hurricane and the destruction it can cause. I have been through several and they are destructive and dangerous. The moment Hugo hit, chaos broke out. Caroline goes into labor and has no way to get to the hospital. I could feel the anxiety rising as everything around them started to crumble. Hurricanes have no mercy and they can hit one side of the street and not the other. It has a mind of its own and Painter's Place was the target for this hurricane.
The story is filled with trying to survive the disaster and picking up the pieces after the storm. I felt for everyone who had to look at their homes and cars and realize they had lost more than material things. One of the things I really enjoyed about the book was getting to know the characters better. Chad and Caroline are having a hard time communicating. The tension between them is strong.  The family comes together to rebuild and along the way, repair relationships. This story is a wonderful journey with people who overcome obstacles and find renewed faith . 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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