The Hurricane Sisters

The Hurricane Sisters

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by Dorothea Benton Frank
     
 

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Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and a road toward happiness that is hard earned

Three generations of women are buried in secrets. The determined matriarch, Maisie Pringle, at eighty, is a force to be reckoned with. Her daughter,

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Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and a road toward happiness that is hard earned

Three generations of women are buried in secrets. The determined matriarch, Maisie Pringle, at eighty, is a force to be reckoned with. Her daughter, Liz, is caught up in the classic maelstrom of being middle-aged and in an emotionally demanding career. And Liz's beautiful twentysomething daughter, Ashley, has dreamy ambitions of her unlikely future that keeps them all at odds.

Mary Beth, Ashley's dearest friend, tries to have her back, but even she can't talk headstrong Ashley out of a relationship with an ambitious politician who seems slightly too old for her. Actually, Ashley and Mary Beth have yet to launch themselves into solvency. So while they wait for the world to discover them, they placate themselves with a harebrained scheme to make money but one that threatens to land them in huge trouble with the authorities.

So where is Clayton, Liz's husband? Ashley desperately needs her father's love and attention, but what kind of a parent can he be to Ashley with one foot in Manhattan and the other one planted in indiscretion? And Liz, who's an expert in the field of troubled domestic life, refuses to acknowledge Ashley's precarious situation. The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, Ashley, and Mary Beth deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/01/2014
Take a trip down to the Carolina Low Country in Frank's (Sullivan's Island) latest novel, featuring three generations of women and their experiences with love, trust, and the unbreakable bond of family. Ashley is in her mid-20s, struggling to explore her passion as an artist while remaining afloat financially through an illegal business venture. Her mother, Liz, is so busy helping abused women and children that she cannot face the reality that her marriage is crumbling and her son is gay. Grandma Maisie, a spit-and-vinegar octogenarian, moves in with a younger man and sets the family's world on fire with her hard-earned wisdom and wit. But when Ashley gets involved with an aggressive politician, the family must ditch the drama and rally to keep her safe. VERDICT With a host of subplots and constant foreshadowing, this multigenerational title falls somewhat short. While it would serve as a quick summer read and does include valuable information about domestic violence, the rotating point-of-view narrative style results in a lack of depth and leaves the reader wanting more. [See Prepub Alert, 1/6/14.]—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062132543
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/07/2015
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
47,716
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
Place of Birth:
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
Website:
http://www.dotfrank.com

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The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love loved this book!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorthea Benton Frank delivers another great read!!!!!
BarbRN More than 1 year ago
Not up to this author's standard. Seemrd thrown together. Character development poor. Story line muddled. Ending somewhat  too "happily ever after", and rushed. When I read one of Dot's books I start slowing down for last 50 pages not wanting it to end. I couldn't wait for this to be over. Loved her other books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointed in this book. The book's premise and characters had potential but she couldn't make it come alive. Flat, uninteresting characters. Predictable storyline. Dialogue unrealistic. I just got aggravated reading it because it was so poorly crafted. How did this get published!?
WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
The Problems are Hidden Dorothy Benton Frank writes novels primarily set in the Low Country of South Carolina, usually around Charleston. Typically, they are interesting and enjoyable stories. This novel, The Hurricane Sisters A Novel, touches on many social problems through several different characters. The writer has ingeniously infused the characters with problems, all of which lead to the surprising conclusion. The book begins slowly, but when the “family secrets” begin to be revealed, the story picks up and begins to move along. I do not recommend this book to young people. In my opinion, it touches on problems about which young people need not be reading. Unfortunately, many young people have seen these problems all too often. Frank, through this book, seeks to help with these issues and try to put an end to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I, as a rule really like this authors work. I was anticipating her latest book. But, she was writing about a cause that meant a lot to her, Not to me.. I didn't find it a good read. Very disappointed..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent lowcountry story. it does include some real life information that does make a difference.
Anonymous 18 days ago
In spite of some of the reviews, I liked the book! It was not quite as good, in some ways, as her others, but who is perfect all the time? I have all of her books, hard bound, paperback, and Nook. I never tire or am disappointed in what she writes, and am looking forward to another great book. I love the lowcountry, and reading about it, since I live in the flat part of the Midwest.
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Anonymous 26 days ago
While the plot was pretty good , I can think of many ways in which it could have been made more dynamic. I won't spoil the plot by revealing them. The character development was good and the actual writing was excellent. Still, the plot was a little flat. I will read more from this suthorbin hopes it will get better, but I wouldn't recommend this as an outstanding book. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous 4 months ago
I am a fan, but this work does not live up to her previous works. Plot lines are thin & quite predictable, character development almost non-existent. I had to work to read all the way through.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Great story!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm from the south so i appreciated this book about southern women. It aldo brought attention to domestic abuse and the need to help those who are victims.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not so bad. This book keeps making yu worried about if they will be any hurricannes in this book. Or i the main chracters going to die. Another worry is that they will be any hurricanes in the real world. A great read. I recommend o people who like adventure gynres. Obviously, there is not a specific genre that easily proves it but, it is just a good read. What i mean by not so bad it means it us a good book not a great book. I recommend this to early forth graders. I have one more thig to say. I would rate this 3 1/2. This is highly recommended book. A must read. But, i am usally those fiction readers, friendship, and a little bit of fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have given it less than one star if I could
bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
Every family has their differences but in the end, you are still family and when times are tough, your family should be there. At times this book was a little slow but the premise was good. I think I struggled with the book since I listened to it. I was not a fan of the narrator and I think I may be a little biased.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible trite and probably only written to fulfill a contract,not worth the time i gave up after 150 pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Dorothea Benton Frank for her ability to draw me in at the very get go of her books. This was no exception. I would definitely recommend this as a beach or vacation read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worse than a harriet h five star
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Knitty51 More than 1 year ago
A bit of mystery in a wonderful setting. A great "beach" read.