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The Hurricane Sisters

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Filled with her trademark wit, sassy, heartwarming characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry, The Hurricane Sisters is New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's enchanting tale of the ties and lies between generations.

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank once again takes us deep i...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by William Morrow
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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
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.
Sharon Redfern
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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...more

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...more
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...more
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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...more
Gloria A
Book plot: Cool, grande dame grandmother; insipid, do-gooder mother; wealthy, workaholic father; gay son; artist daughter trying to find herself. Father has affair, crawls back to wife; daughter is raped by senator and only reluctantly reveals it; Grandmother and son cope!

That's it folks! Go watch a soap opera!

How many more days until the Ken Follett new book--real literature--is out? I may not make 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...more
Andrea Stoeckel
(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...more
I don't know what to say. Normally DBF is a favorite of mine.
Jun 12, 2014 Tracey rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Carol Carlson
The characters seemed poorly thought out. While the mom works for abused woman, she doesn't see how her own marriage crumbles. Her daughter, Ashley, lives in romantic daydreams that simply do not match the reality in her dating situation. I skimmed throughout some of the beginning. The only saving grace is the focus on abused women and how victimized they are. If anything happens in that area because of this novel, then it is worth it. But the plot and characters are certainly not.
Easy beach read. Dottie Benton Frank knows her audience and she doesn't disappoint her fans. There's enough steamy humidity, salt water, and shrimp to satisfy everyone.

Take this one to the beach or pool.
Nicole Long
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!
I am never disappointed by DBF. This book was great from page one right through to the end. It is a must read in my mind.
HarperCollins|June 3, 2014|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-06-213252-9
A sultry land of ancient magic, glorious sunsets, and soothing coastal breezes, three generations of strong women wrestle with the expectations of family while struggling to understand their complicated relationships with each other.
Best friends since the first day of classes at The College of Charleston, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe, now 23 years old, live in Ashley's parents' beach house rent free. Ashley is a g...more
Paula Cappa
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
This is a novel about three generations of women. Maisie has just turned 80 and the family discovers that the 65 year old driver that they hired for her is now her live-in boyfriend. Liz works for a group who helps victims of abuse and her daughter, Ashley is a wanna be artist who works at a local art gallery. Clayton, Liz's husband is not only a workaholic but he spends the week in NYC since they didn't want to move the family from the Lowcountry. MaryBeth is Ashley's friend living with her in...more
Not the best book I've read by Benton Frank. Still, it was a fast 'beach read' novel. Three generations of strong southern women work through their individual crisis and come through a family at the end. I'm hoping for much more in her next book.
Heather Sullivan
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...more
Apr 01, 2014 Elsa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
was lucky to receive an ac. my conclusion upon finishing,Ms Frank still rules as the queen of summer reads!
Laura Bryant
4.5 Stars!! I love Dorothea Benton Frank. She has a way of bringing to life these wonderful characters straight from the South. This book was fun. I found that I couldn't wait to listen each day. This is one that I experienced as an audiobook because I wanted to hear it read with that wonderfully charming South Carolina accent that I absolutely love. The book revolves around the matriarch of the family 80+ year-old Maisie Pringle, her daughter Liz and her husband Clayton as well as Liz and Clayt...more
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...more
Bonnie Tharp
Dot has done it again. I bought this book for myself for my birthday, which is today. I started reading on Sunday and I finished it up today. What a delightful beach story. Dot truly brings the low country of South Carolina to life for her readers. The southern manners make me want to hop in the car and drive all the way there. I'll be going to Sullivan's Island one day and hope to see all the places she shares with her readers. While I didn't cry in this one, I laughed a whole bunch and enjoyed...more
I really enjoyed this book. While I first thought this would be a light summer read, there was some substance to the book, and it really tied everything together.

I enjoyed how each chapter was in a different character's voice. It really helped to get to know that character. Additionally, the author's description of the surroundings and weather really made me feel like I was there with the characters.

I have never read this author before, but may have to check out other books by her.
This book really struck a nerve with me. As a domestic violence survivor from South Carolina I saw a lot of myself in the Ashley character. I was lucky, a lot aren't. Thank you so much Dottie for writing this story. And hopefully there will become more awareness and we will not rank so high in the country for domestic violence. The story was beautifully written as always.
Ingryd Masters
I LOVE Dorothea Benton Frank. I LOVE all of her books and I can say I liked this book, but I didn't LOVE it. This was my first book I didn't love. It's good and it's a great summer read, but I needed more. With a title like The Hurrican Sisters I wanted more to transpire during "The Hurricane". I love some of the intrigue and hidden story ( I won't give it away) but I think the female characters should have gone through a little more during the hurricane and made the hurricane a little more inte...more
I would highly recommend it. Dorothea Benton Frank is one of my favorite authors and I have read most of her books. That being said, I didn't love it like some of her other pieces of work. I can't pinpoint why, so I'm thinking it's just me. That is why I didn't give it 4 stars.

Most of the story seams long and drawn out, but if you stick with it, you will be rewarded. I don't want to give anything away, but there is a surprise at the end. Although I say long and drawn out, I don't mean it is not...more
I am disappointed that I could not get into this book. Yes it is typical beach read and I expected that but I couldn't connect to the characters and I don't care that someone has to restroon and we are told ok you know where it is, or that someone going to home Dept, or the pages devoted to google glass (that is early on and I was losing interest) and I felt the domestic violence part was preachy. Giving statistics and all. It just didn't work for me. Maybe I am in mood for something else. I see...more
Joan Husmann
Although this was not nearly as good as some of the author's previous novels, it was a quick summer read. The character development and the luscious descriptive prose that made me feel the heat and atmosphere weren't much in evidence in this novel. Nevertheless, I finished it in a day.
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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...more
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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
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