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The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel | [Dorothea Benton Frank]

The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel

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 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.
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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

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    Mary USA 06-15-14
    Mary USA 06-15-14 Member Since 2011

    a book lover

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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good one"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 07-14-14
    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very disappointed!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Miles?

    Kate Rudd possibly or Veronica Roth


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No not really


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed thought it was going to be excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Charleston, SC, United States 08-24-14
    Melinda Charleston, SC, United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a property manager of an new apartment community in Mt. Pleasant, SC and love living so close to the beach. Love a good book!

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    "Nothing like a great SC beach story!"
    If you could sum up The Hurricane Sisters in three words, what would they be?

    Family will get you through anything!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hurricane Sisters?

    When the arrogant senator insulted her.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    Mazie


    If you could take any character from The Hurricane Sisters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mazie, Oh what stories she could tell.


    Any additional comments?

    All of Dorothy Benton Frank books are great stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Danville, VA, United States 07-13-14
    Jane Danville, VA, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable!"

    Typical DBF but I enjoy her writing style and her story lines. Robin Miles is not my favorite narrator but she is tolerable.

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    Sharon E. Gurry Portland Ore 07-12-14
    Sharon E. Gurry Portland Ore 07-12-14 Member Since 2002

    Sharon Gurry

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    "Hurricanne?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A little too much message and not enough story!


    If you’ve listened to books by Dorothea Benton Frank before, how does this one compare?

    Not even close to her other novels!


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    She read it beautifully!


    Could you see The Hurricane Sisters being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. North Minnesota 06-29-14
    B. North Minnesota 06-29-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great characters but heavy handed activism"

    I listened to this after enjoying the Last Origional Wife by the same author. The characters are so likeable, flawed, real and there is just something lovely about this writing. I found the info about domestic violence a little bit heavy handed...I think it comes across more strongly in audible from rather than written form perhaps, but it was listen worthy. Robin Miles provides excellent narration, really loved her voice, she is now one of the my top 5 favorite narrators and hope she narrates many more.

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