Hugo book review

.This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.


About the Book

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.


My Review

The story took place when Hurricane Hugo did a lot of damage to the land. It was in 1989. It is a continuation of the Painter family series. When the storm was about to hit, Caroline is getting ready to have twins. Does she have them safely?

Several times during the book, there were references to the mobile phone. A lot different than what we have today. 

I liked the quote at the beginning of some of each chapter. The quotes were from different famous people. A lot of good quotes. One of my favorites was “ In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. -Robert Frost. “

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. This review is my own opinion.


Pamela Poole’s Sunflower Hat

About the Author

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



Purchase Link:


Social Media links:

Pamela Poole, Artist and Author, Facebook:


Pamela Poole, Artist and Author, Twitter:


Pamela P. Poole, Instagram:


Twitter page for Southern Sky Publishing:

About the author


  1. Hi, Janice! Thanks for the recommendation and your thoughts! I LOVE that you noticed there would be a difference in our modern cell phones compared to the ones in Hugo! I stopped short of putting that detail in because the book was getting longer than some readers like, but this makes me wish I’d gone with it. Those phones were large, boxy, and unreliable unless you lived near a tower for connecting. Having one in a car would take up some serious car space. They were called “bricks” and looked like the one Gordon Gecko used in his iconic role in the 1987 movie Wall Street.

    When I wrote about my characters using rotary and push button phones in my series, I wondered if young readers would be able to envision the scene. By the time readers make it to Jaguar, Painter Place Saga 4, it is 1995, and both the rescue team in the Amazon jungle and the nerve center set up to monitor them has much more complex technology. It’s amazing how fast things change!

    I love reaching out to readers with feedback and questions about things in the Painter Place Saga stories. Also, on Pinterest, I have boards with research and inspiration used in the whole series! I’m at Pamela Poole, Artist and Author.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.