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The Hurricane Sisters

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,490 Ratings  ·  1,409 Reviews
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 tha
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by William Morrow
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Shanna Thomas The mother/daughter relationship could really be explored here, Maisie with Liz, then Liz with Ashley. Compare and contrast their relationships.

The mother/daughter relationship could really be explored here, Maisie with Liz, then Liz with Ashley. Compare and contrast their relationships.

Discuss Clayton and Liz's relationship with a gay son, IV; did the author portray this realistically?

Why was Ashley so desperate to have a high profile partner and willing to sacrifice her personal beliefs and desires for him? Was Ashley accurately portrayed as a millennial?
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Jun 29, 2014 Janet rated it did not like it
Shelves: southern, 2000s, read-2014
I have enjoyed Frank's early releases in the Lowcountry titles, but for me the more recent ones lack Frank's ability to depict the South Carolina coast or develop her characters. For my tastes this read like a soap opera. I am hoping to see a title from Frank similar to her earlier ones. Perhaps next year?
Judy Hill
Jul 19, 2014 Judy Hill rated it it was ok
Not at all up to the author's usual books. I understand her desire to inform and try to motivate readers on domestic abuse, but this effort is college student quality at best. There must have been a ghost writer and deadline involved to result in such a disappointing read.
Jan 30, 2015 Elaine rated it it was ok
This is a family drama centred around three generations of women and their relationships with each other.

Maisie – 80 year old grandmother, living with a man 15 years younger than her. She loves her family but has something of a strange relationship with daughter Liz.

Liz – mother of Ashley and Ivy. Her relationships with her mother and daughter are complicated and her marriage to Clayton seems to be rather cooler than it used to be. Her mission in life is to do something to help victims of domest
Apr 06, 2015 Melinda rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I was expecting something very different, the jacket summary is misleading. The focus on the book is not limited to the three female generations of this family, rather it focuses on the family as a whole, each member introduced along with their individual and in some instances collective predicaments.

There was no connection with the characters, in fact I felt a complete disconnect. I enjoyed Ivy, he's grounded, caring, has his act together. He resides in San Francisco, I'm sure his distance fro

First things first: I LOVE Dot Frank!! I've read all of her books and own all (most in hardcover) but two of her wonderful books. DBF's books are always entertaining, humorous, and filled with lovely descriptions of the South Carolina lowcountry that make me want to pack my bags immediately and head for that south eastern shore. Frank really knows and loves that glorious piece of Heaven on Earth. But...and you had to know that BUT was coming, I just didn't get a warm fuzzy feeling
Jul 15, 2014 Margaret rated it it was ok
Oh, dear. After rating The Last Original Wife as only 1 star, I had hoped for much more when I saw that Frank had another island book out. While she seems to be trying to get back on track as the author who wrote such beautiful and tender stories that could make me laugh and cry with characters so real I felt as though they were right in my living room, this book was just "ok". Maybe she is trying too hard and just needs to let the stories flow.

The only character who had any real personality or
Sharon Redfern
Jun 04, 2014 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing
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Reading a book by Dorothea Benton Frank is like sitting on your comfy couch, wearing your jammies and sipping a glass of good wine. It just feels good! in the Hurricane Sisters, we meet three generations of women all of whom are going through a crisis of one kind or another and who feels that they are the only one who is keeping it together. Liz is dealing with her semi-crazy mother, a daughter who won't listen to her and seems to be slipping aw
Sep 05, 2014 Kelly rated it did not like it
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Jan 04, 2016 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, library
I did not find these characters believable at all. Ashley was just plain dumb in my eyes. She sees the Senator and just immediately thinks she's going to marry him? Her mother, Liz was not much better. Most of these people did not act or talk like someone with the wisdom of their age.
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Feb 13, 2016 Učitaj se! rated it did not like it
Strašno nezanimljiva i dosadna knjiga. Počela sam ju čitati na hrvatskom i odustala jer je, uz to što je priča dosadna i nezanimljiva, prijevod bio katastrofalan. Na engleskom me bar nije zamarala još i ta sitnica, ali nije puno pomoglo: likovi su plitki, površni i baš nimalo zanimljivi, a ni priča nije puno bolja od likova.

Roman 'Posljednja prva supruga' ove spisateljice mi je bio dobar, očekivala sam da će i ovaj biti tu negdje, ali, nažalost, ovaj je tako očajan da ga se nikako ne mogu natje
Gloria A
Jun 29, 2014 Gloria A rated it it was ok
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Carol Brill
Jun 05, 2015 Carol Brill rated it it was ok
Read for a book club. Ashley lives with her best friend in her parents beach cottage. Her parents, Liz and Clayton are having marital difficulties and her grandmother, Maisie, is in a relationship with the man hired to be her driver. Ashley's brother, Ivy is gay, in a committed relationship and some of the family haven't embraced this.
Ashley has designs on marrying an up-and-coming politician named Porter. She sees herself as the next Jackie Kennedy. As they start to date, there are hints that
Dec 04, 2014 Holly rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
I am so disappointed that I didn't like this book. It started off great. I loved the prologue and the first couple chapters. They promised some family drama and snarky comments. I love this line, "Too many times we all get introduced to people who seem perfectly nice and later on find out they're cracked." There was family drama but I don't think it was fleshed out well enough. I didn't like Ashley's storyline with the senator. It seemed like she was too much in la-la land with "love"(seriously ...more
Paula Cappa
Jul 31, 2014 Paula Cappa rated it it was ok
I had to stop reading this book because of the profuse overuse of exclamation points. I mean on practically every page somebody is exclaiming and yelling something to the point where I felt exhausted and annoyed. Why was every single character so hysterical? Here's some examples: "Oh Maise! Thanks!" "Hey! How are you?" "No! Tell me!" "Great!" "Thanks!" "Me too! Night Y'all!" "Please!" "Well, Hello, Liz!" "Absolutely!" "Hi Liz!" "You too!" "Come on in!" "Sure!" "Thanks, Dad!" "Mrs. Waters! What a ...more
Stacy []
original review first appeared on The Novel Life

The Hurricane Sisters follows three generations of women living in Charleston and adjacent Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. As in any family, this one has its share of dysfunctions, secrets and drama. The novel opens with the celebration of Maisie's 80th birthday - mother to Liz and grandmother to Ivy {childhood nickname from his Clayton Bernard Waters, IV} and his younger sister, Ashley. Ivy escaped the family drama and em
Sep 05, 2015 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel begins with a peek into an eccentric, dysfunctional family headed by matriarch Maisie, who, at eighty, is very much in charge. Her quirkiness and her current love, a man named Skipper, who raises llamas, are on full display during her birthday party event attended by many, but especially spotlighting her own family: her daughter Liz and husband, Clayton Waters; their daughter Ashley, a budding artist who lives in the family cottage on Sullivan's Island; and their son Ivy, nicknamed thu ...more
May 24, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank. I have never visited South Carolina but for some reason the Lowcountry interests me. It could be because it seems so different from where I am from, dry high plains desert, Wyoming. Ya think?

In this story, we are introduced to three headstrong women each with a secret and each with a contentious relationship to the others. Maisie Pringle is 80 and a bit eccentric. She still lives alone. Well ,not exactly, her daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Clayton have hire
Jun 19, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
You can always count on Dorothea Benton Frank to deliver a terrific summer read to hunker down with on the beach. Her contribution this year is The Hurricane Sisters, which once again features a gorgeous cover.

We meet eighty-year-old Maisie Pringle, celebrating her birthday with her driver-turned-boyfriend Skipper, who is a much younger (65!) man. He and Maisie are very happy together, much to the chagrin of Maisie's daughter Liz, who at first glance is kind of a stick-in-the-mud.

Liz's twenty-so
Paula Sealey
From the very first chapter of a book, I can tell if I'm going to be pulled into a riveting story that I won't want to stop reading until the last sentence is done, or if I'll be skipping over large chunks of the story to get to that last sentence. Unfortunately for this book, it was the latter.

There was no storyline development, just a series of dull events from dull and ill thought out characters who I just couldn't grow to like. Domestic abuse is obviously an important issue, and one that Fr
May 03, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Please note that this book deals with rape.

You know I used to eat up Ms. Frank's books like candy a few years back. She made me dream of the lowcountry and smelling salt air. Her last few books have been a struggle to get through though. This one had too many characters and an epilogue that made me roll my eyes.

The Hurricane Sisters follows several characters: Maisie Pringle, the family matriarch, Maisie's daughter Liz, Liz's husband Clayton, and Liz and Clayton's son Ivy and daughter Ashley.

Mrs Mommy Booknerd
I read and listened to this book and I have to say that the dual experience enhanced the book. When I had quiet time to read, I did and when I was driving or doing chores around the house I listened. I have to say that this deepened the story for me. It gave a voice to the characters and added the southern drawl that is so fun to listen to...but the images of the people and places was all left to my imagination. What fun this book reading/listening experience was.

Who doesn't have a crazy family
Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copy.

Since I moved to the Lowcountry, I've had to become familiar with Dorothea Benton Frank since she is MASSIVELY popular here. I hadn't read any of her books, though, so I was excited to get an ARC of her newest title. And the whole time I was reading it, I thought "HUH??????" THIS is the writer that everyone is head-over-heels for? I knew how the plot was going to play out as soon as characters were introduced, and the domestic abuse issue was g
Heather Sullivan
Aug 16, 2014 Heather Sullivan rated it it was ok
This book was okay...entertaining enough to finish but honestly, I think Dorthea Benton Frank is not a good writer. Her characters all have the same voice...they all talk alike and it makes you think she is not capable of creating and developing a character. Also, the conversations the characters have with one another are so mundane. Typical conversation:

Clayton: Um, is that spaghetti over there on the stove?

Liz: Yes. Would you like for me to heat it up fo you?

Clayton: Please. I'm starving. Wou
Jul 01, 2015 Holly rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, audio
I must have read a journal review somewhere that completely misled me--this was like reading a middle-grade novel complete with life lessons. The southern accents were annoying enough but I kept thinking, OK, this story is about to get dark (and interesting). Nope. Just corny humor and lots of didactic, stilted, unrealistic dialogue (older woman: "Did you know 36,000 women in South Carolina are abused every year?" Younger woman: "Really?? 36,000? I had no idea!" Older woman: "Yes, 36,000 women a ...more
Linda Hart
Jan 03, 2015 Linda Hart rated it liked it
Another feel good escape audio read from Dorothea Benton Frank. Despite tackling important topics (infidelity, verbal and physical abuse, date rape, and the victimization of women by men with power) she does it in a tactful, light way. This is a comfortable read, with laughter and some great messages. I like the way she always ends her stories with upbeat epilogue.
Jul 08, 2014 Libbie rated it did not like it
For a book about abuse, there was no depth, and it felt rushed. The characters were just not believable at all. Told from multiple points of view, there was way too much telling and not enough showing emotion. I didn't FEEL any of it--the date-rape--the unfaithful husband--the loss of a daughter/sister. Hugely disappointing.
Jun 22, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-2014-read
I loved this book! I think it takes loads of talent to address such a serious yet mostly secret issue in a humorous and comfortable setting. The storyline was not minimized. It actually made it more startling. I loved the misfit collection of characters that were REAL. Well done Ms. Frank!
Andrea Stoeckel
Jun 08, 2014 Andrea Stoeckel rated it it was amazing
(I received this book as the result of a GoodReads/First Reads giveaway, and I sincerely appreciate the generosity of the author and the publisher. This in no way affected my opinions of this book, which are totally mine)

A couple of decades ago I was hit in the head by a falling copy of Sullivans Island, one of Dorothy Benton Frank's early novels, and I have never ever regretted that bump on my head as it introduced this New Englander to a whole new world of the lowcountry South. And this latest
I don't know what to say. Normally DBF is a favorite of mine.
Jun 12, 2014 Tracey rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
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Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of ten novels.

Dottie has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Parker Ladd's Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library org
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“Another maternal insight --- you always dislike about your children that which you dislike about yourself because you understand the danger about that trait. ~ Dorothea Benton Frank, The Hurricane Sisters, p. 115.” 3 likes
“We were an imperfect family. I knew that. But at last we were on each other's side, dug in with a new and more profound commitment. Our happiness was hard won, it was ours and I was determined to keep us whole.” 2 likes
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