The Hurricane Sisters

The Hurricane Sisters

by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Hurricane season begins early and rumbles all summer long, well into September. Often people's lives reflect the weather and The Hurricane Sisters is just such a story.

Once again New York Times bestselling author 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 eighty, 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-age and in an emotionally demanding career that will eventually open all their eyes to a terrible truth. And Liz's beautiful twenty-something daughter, Ashley, whose dreamy ambitions of her unlikely future keeps them all at odds.

Luckily for Ashley, her wonderful older brother, Ivy, is her fierce champion but he can only do so much from San Francisco where he resides with his partner. And Mary Beth, her 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. Their prospects seem bleak. So while they wait for the world to discover them and deliver them from a ramen-based existence, they placate themselves with a hare-brained scheme to make money but one that threatens to land them in huge trouble with the authorities.

So where is Clayton, Liz's husband? He seems more distracted than usual. 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. Who's in charge of this family? The wake-up call is about to arrive.

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. After a terrible confrontation they are forced to rise to forgiveness, but can they establish a new order for the future of them all?

Frank, with her hallmark scintillating wit and crisp insight, captures how a complex family of disparate characters and their close friends can overcome anything through the power of love and reconciliation. This is the often hilarious, sometimes sobering, but always entertaining story of how these unforgettable women became The Hurricane Sisters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062132536
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: Lowcountry Tales Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 249
File size: 759 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestseller Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. Until her passing in 2019, Dorothea and her husband split their time between New Jersey and Sullivans Island, South Carolina.

Dorothea Benton’s Frank most recent bestseller, Queen Bee debuted at #2 on the New York Times list, where it remained in the top ten for three weeks.

A contemporary voice of the South, Dorothea Benton Frank has been beloved by fans and friends alike since her debut novel Sullivans Island. Readers from coast to coast have fallen for the quick wit and the signature humor that permeated her many novels, including the bestsellers Queen Bee, By Invitation Only, Same Beach, Next Year, All Summer Long, All the Single Ladies, The Hurricane Sisters, The Last Original Wife, Porch Lights, Folly BeachSullivans Island, and Plantation.


New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

September 2, 2019

Place of Birth:

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 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!!"
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!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorthea Benton Frank delivers another great read!!!!!
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
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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!
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
Excellent lowcountry story. it does include some real life information that does make a difference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her best. No formulaic fiction here!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I commend the author’s attempt to bring attention to domestic violence, I felt like it fell dismally short of it’s mark, which made the characters come across as almost dim witted. I also didn’t like the way she seemed to make light of infidelity and date rape. There could have been a very powerful message, but it fell very flat with me.
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Great story!
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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
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!