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The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Another stellar tome!

(I received this book from a GoodReads/First Reads giveaway, and I thank the author and publisher for their generosity. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is ,as always, 100% mine)

I will never regret being hit in the head by a falling copy of Sullivans Island...
(I received this book from a GoodReads/First Reads giveaway, and I thank the author and publisher for their generosity. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is ,as always, 100% mine)

I will never regret being hit in the head by a falling copy of Sullivans Island a couple of decades ago. With that, I was catapulted into the low country world of Dorthy Benton Frank. And her latest work lives up to her reputation.

Another fun look at a multi-generational family full of lies,secrets and innuendo balanced with love, generosity and characters you either want to kick to the curb or promote as saints.

Ashley and Ivy, the two children of Liz and Clayton, their proverbial loves, losses, wins and paradoxical lives. On the Barrier Islands, it is an adventure living in Hurricane Alley, but those who do, love the tumult and the quiet of being off the beaten path. Their homes may be stable, but their lives, for good or for I'll, may be as roiling as the ocean right outside their doors

posted by rokinrev on June 8, 2014

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Always lots of laughs with the sassy southern gals!

As always, Dorothea Benton Frank keeps you laughing for hours; combined with hilarious narrator, Robin Miles—what a dynamic duo! (I always buy the audiobook, when Robin is reading)!

The one liners, the sarcasm, and wit ---priceless! These sassy, classy, crazy, smart...
As always, Dorothea Benton Frank keeps you laughing for hours; combined with hilarious narrator, Robin Miles—what a dynamic duo! (I always buy the audiobook, when Robin is reading)!

The one liners, the sarcasm, and wit ---priceless! These sassy, classy, crazy, smart, and charming Lowcountry Southern ladies, find their way through some tough storms of life, for the ultimate lazy summer day read--- keeping you smiling, engaged, and satisfied.

Having read twelve of Frank’s novels, The Hurricane Sisters does not disappoint. The girls are back, this time around, featuring two younger Southern belles.

Faithful fans, do not panic, the mom and grandmother are still in the mix, with their wise cracks, wisdom, gin and tonic, entertaining tidbits, and lots of mischief.

Ashley Ann Waters (mid-20s) and Mary Beth Smythe are enjoying a season rent-free leisure in Ashley’s parent’s Sullivan beach home with a view to die for. One problem – they need money. Ashley is a gallery assistant who aspires to become an artist. Mary Beth, a gifted cook from Tennessee, works for a caterer while searching for a good teaching job. Though they both know what they want out of life, their parents barely support their dreams, and they both need income.

Meanwhile, their parents and grandmother have issues of their own. There is trouble brewing with Ashley’s dad Clayton. Clayton is a very successful and wealthy investment banker. He has a pied-a-terre in Manhattan and up to no good with another woman.

Liz (Ashley’s mom), is busy raising funds for her non-profit business, helping women from abusive men and domestic violence---protecting them with shelters, counseling, safe houses, and other resources. However, she suspects Clayton is up to something, and begins a plan to reel him back in. Has she been blind to all the clues?

It would not be a party without Liz’s mom (Ashley’s grandmother), Maisie – the family matriarch, who has just turned eighty and is dating a younger man (her driver and owner of a llama farm)—they announce to the family at dinner, they have just moved in together. Let the fun begin!

During the summer, Ashley begins dating the local Senator; however, she suspects he has issues. Good-looking and charming; however, he is not as he appears—so controlling. What will Ashley tolerate in order to catch this politician?

Abuse and domestic violence--ongoing theme throughout the novel—Ashley/Senator, Mary Beth’s dad, Juliet’s former relationship, and the reason Liz is so focused on helping these victims.

Will this family get back to the way they were before the death of Liz’s dead sister, Juliet, and weather the storm in the charming southern Lowcountry?

As long as these belles have their cocktails, gourmet meals, pearls, and gloves, and make a good show of it -–they will pull it off!

posted by quaintinns on June 11, 2014

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