Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Review & Giveaway: The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank (CLOSED)

Title: The Hurricane Sisters    
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank    
Published: June 2014, William Morrow   
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages   
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours  


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 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.

My thoughts: I only just started reading Dorothea Benton Frank, but I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting her at BEA and had just finished reading this book. It was so cool to be able to say to her how much I had enjoyed reading her latest book.

I loved how each chapter was told from a different character's point of view. This allows us to really know and understand each of the characters. It alternates between Liz, Maisie, Ashley and Clayton's points of view. Each voice is distinct and I loved being able to see the same events from the different perspectives of some of the characters. The generational gap between the characters just adds another layer to the story.

The Pringles are a relatively close family with their fair share of dysfunction, but what family isn't without at least some dysfunction. At first, they are overly critical of one another - there are the usual parent/child troubles that are typical of most families but the siblings relationship, that between Ashley and Ivy, seems to be trouble free. The characters' unresolved issues are revealed through the various interactions and it is quite interesting to watch them work through their individual problems. I have to say that there are quite a few comical scenes throughout the book - Maisie and her llamas, the incident with the Glass gadget - and then there are just as many heartwarming scenes, particularly at the end, but also interspersed throughout.  

Set in Carolina's Low Country, Dottie's writing is so descriptive, it's easy to feel as if you are right there yourself. I felt as if I was there, watching the sunsets with Ashley during her parties and could feel the strong sea breezes sweep across my face. While this is still a light summer read, it does have a bit of a serious undertone to it as Dottie brings to light the widespread and rampant issue of domestic abuse happening in her home state of South Carolina, making it the perfect summer book club pick.

This is my second Dorothea Benton Frank book and she is now going on my must-read author list. I can't wait to go back and read her other books. Although now I need to decide if I want to read or do audio of her older books...decisions, decisions. What do you think?



About the author: New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including Lowcountry Summer and Return to Sullivans Island. She resides in the New York area with her husband.

Authors Links: 
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GIVEAWAY DETAILS - CLOSED (US only)  

Thanks to the publisher I have one copy of The Hurricane Sisters to give away to my readers. 


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  • I will contact winner at the conclusion of the giveaway & they will have 2 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends June 12th.


Good luck!


19 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great read. I love books set in the South!
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  2. Huge fan sounds perfect for me.will tweet@rhondareads
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  3. I've never read any Franks but over the years I've heard raves about her. This sounds like a perfect one for me to get started with!

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  4. OH I love finding authors that land on the auto-buy :)

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  5. Thanks for this great giveaway. Ideal for summer. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. A book that sounds enjoyable and special. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Kristin, thank you for hosting this giveaway! The book sounds wonderful to me. I will share this giveaway with my readers in my blog's sidebar.

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  8. Fabulous cover!

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  9. I'd love to read this book, love the cover!
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  10. Nice review

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  11. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I actually enjoy a story told from various different points of view so this would be a good book for me. Please enter my name in the draw. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    +2 I tweeted: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/474421921460006913

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  12. She is one I've wanted to read and haven't! I love how she is becoming a go to author! I love when I find a new author who has lots of older books for me to go back and read :)

    Laura Kay
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  13. Awesome review! This sounds like my kind of summer read. I absolutely adore the cover. Thanks for this great giveaway. Chris327@mac.com

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  14. I have never read a Dorthea Benton Frank book. I would love to start with this one. Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  15. Jennifer HuelsebuschJune 5, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    I love Dottie's books and the cover is gorgeous!

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  16. I'd love to read a a Dorthea Benton Frank book, I haven't yet.
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  17. Would love to read!
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  18. I'm so glad you got a chance to meet her at BEA! I love meeting authors whose book I am enjoying!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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