Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us deep into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned. There we meet three generations of women buried in secrets. The determined matriarch, Maisie Pringle, at 80, is a force to be reckoned with because she will have the final word on everything, especially when she's dead wrong. Her daughter, Liz, is caught up in the classic maelstrom of being middle-aged and in an emotionally demanding career that will eventually open all their eyes to a terrible truth. And Liz's beautiful 20-something daughter, Ashley, whose dreamy ambitions of her unlikely future keeps them all at odds.
The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, and, Ashley deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves. After a terrible confrontation they are forced to rise to forgiveness, but can they establish a new order for the future of them all? This is the often hilarious, sometimes sobering, but always entertaining story of how these unforgettable women became The Hurricane Sisters.
©2014 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
It took me to chapter 9 to figure out the characters and it didn't help I had Maisie and Liz confused however even with that I felt the story was shallow and could have been more enhanced on the story line. I almost returned it but being my first book from the author and hearing how people loved her books I wanted to plow through it.
The reviews I've read tell me this isn't her best novel and others are better. I have two in my library and I'll give it another shot. I however wouldn't recommend this as a good read. It needs more meat and potatoes in the story then it might have been worth the money,
I don't like to give poor reviews but I can't give this a better one.
A Paris Apartment or one of Nancy Thayers. I've read all but one of Elin Hildebrand whom I love but saving because I know it will be an excellent read.
Kate Rudd possibly or Veronica Roth
No not really
Disappointed thought it was going to be excellent.
Predictable and simplistic. The characters are not particularly complex or believable. I wouldn't read another. But, I did finish it.
love to read all sorts of books...exception sci-fi! I prefer books that are not horror-type stories...but there are exceptions to that too!
a narrator with a more authentic accent and additional narrators for male and female characters
too much non-pertinent fluff in the language. not very well written
this will be my last attempt at Dorthea Benton Franks
Oh, I am a fan of all things Dorthea Benton Frank writes. I love her stories set in and around Charleston - which makes it even more fun because her characters are involved in actual spots I visit, eat in, etc. I liked that this story was told by the perspective of four different people in the same family. Liked the mystery involved to. A good read. I also LOVE Robin Miles as a narrator. She does the characters well.
I thought The Hurricane Sisters quite different in tone compared to The Last Original Wife but I still liked it. Some eccentricities aside the Waters family is not that different from mine. They accept and protect their own but sometimes (and this is where they differ from mine) they aren't so nice to each other. Underneath it all, they love each other and will defend them to the end. At the forefront of the novel are the rather naive Ashley, her long-suffering mother Liz, and the matriarch Maisy who doesn't tiptoe around anyone. Family secrets figure into the plot - rest assured all will be dealt with by the last page. The Hurricane Sisters is just the second book by Dorothea Benton Frank that I've read. I look forward to catching up with her backlist.
As in The Last Original Wife, Robin Miles' narration was so enjoyable. Loved her performance.
I was disappointed, I absolutely love "The Christmas Pearl" by Dorothea Benton Frank and had hoped this would have the same southern charm. I couldn't get involved with the characters in "The Hurricane Sisters", there seemed to be too much whining in the dialogue, I actually found myself thinking "just stop it, already". I also found the story predictable, with a small surprise reveal toward the end. However, I'll try another from the author, before I write her off completely.
Lover of life!
I read and listened to this book and I have to say that the dual experience enhanced the book. When I had quiet time to read, I did and when I was driving or doing chores around the house I listened. I have to say that this deepened the story for me. It gave a voice to the characters and added the southern drawl that is so fun to listen to...but the images of the people and places was all left to my imagination. What fun this book reading/listening experience was.
Who doesn't have a crazy family??? But family is family and you stick together through thick and thin. I felt like The Hurricane Sister was a book filled with life. It was a hot bed of emotions....young love and ambition mixed with naivete. As well as, old love lost and found again, and one nearly lost forever. It is about how despite the hard times, we all find away to recover. It may be accomplished by having a new understanding of a person or situation or a being forced to face a harsh reality brought to light. But with the love of family and friends, we collectively can make it through just about anything. With heart and defined characters Benton Frank creates a story that brings together a family that was once traveling in a million different directions and finds a way to put them on common ground. A delight. 4 stars
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