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Review: The Hurricane Sisters

August 11, 2015

The Hurricane Sisters

The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank is the story of three generations of women in South Carolina’s lowcountry.

Maisie, the matriarch of the family, is strong willed and determined.  Her family doesn’t want her to drive anymore so they’ve hired Skipper to be her driver.  The two hit it off and end up living together much to Maisie’s daughter, Liz’s chagrin.

Things aren’t so easy for Liz right now.  She works hard for a cause she believes in but her husband isn’t all that supportive.  He’s caught up with his own problems and isn’t around that much.  Liz thinks her daughter Ashley should forget art and get a real job but Maisie keeps encouraging her.

Ashley has big dreams – she wants to become an artist and a politician’s wife.  She meets a state senator and thinks her dreams might be coming true but things aren’t exactly the way they appear.  In the end, she finds out just how much her family’s support means to her.

Frank tells the story of these three women with her signature wit and southern charm so I thoroughly enjoyed The Hurricane Sisters.  I could relate to all three women but freely admit that I related to middle-aged Liz the most.  This book is so much more than family drama, though – Frank touches on the subject of domestic abuse in an eye opening manner that’s not at all preachy.

My book club discussed this book in July and, boy, did we have a great discussion!  We talked about the book for a while and then several members shared some very personal, gut-wrenching stories.  I know these women very well but had never heard these stories which made me realize the stigma victims of abuse carry with them for years.  I think we had our best discussion ever and reading and discussing The Hurricane Sisters brought us closer together.  I’m sure you can figure out that I recommend this book to everyone, especially book clubs.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2015 6:22 am

    I can imagine sisters behaving like this. Do so like family stories. It sounds so much like what will happen in real life

  2. Diane permalink
    August 11, 2015 7:01 am

    WOW – that’s always a sign of a good story when it makes people tell their own story.

  3. Beth F permalink
    August 11, 2015 7:34 am

    I always enjoy reading Frank’s books and really liked this one too. What a fantastic meeting that was — makes me want to revive my book club.

  4. August 11, 2015 7:58 am

    I have this on my shelf and can’t wait to get to it – her books are great!

  5. August 11, 2015 8:23 am

    We read this one last year for bookclub….in August too!

  6. August 11, 2015 9:11 am

    I really like books that span generations. And this one sounds like it got very personal. Any book that create so much emotional connection has got to be good.

  7. August 11, 2015 10:11 am

    I really like Southern fiction. This sounds like a good one to add to my TBR list.

  8. August 11, 2015 10:57 am

    I’m always interested in books that have made for good discussion at a book group. I don’t always love them, but I do like books that make me think or promote strong opinions. Thanks for telling us about your group experience. I’m putting this one on my list. My group is a mystery group, but I can still suggest other genres to members. 🙂

  9. August 11, 2015 11:28 am

    I think I may have this somewhere. It seems I need to check.

  10. Patty permalink
    August 11, 2015 12:08 pm

    Your book club discussion sounds soooo good!

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    August 11, 2015 12:35 pm

    This does sound like a good book, worth reading. And it sounds like Frank treats the more difficult subject matter well. I really do need to give her a try.

  12. August 11, 2015 12:42 pm

    I have this one on Pippa, and now I must move it up! I love the books I’ve read by this author, and the issues in this one would draw me right in. Thanks for sharing.

  13. August 11, 2015 3:06 pm

    Love her books.

    Great review…thanks.

  14. August 11, 2015 3:53 pm

    I do love the southern charm

  15. August 11, 2015 4:01 pm

    Sounds like a good one.

  16. August 11, 2015 8:49 pm

    I really liked this book. Sounds like your book group picked a winner!

  17. August 11, 2015 9:13 pm

    Kathy, I have been wanting to read more Southern fiction, and this sounds like a book I’d enjoy. I’m glad your book club enjoyed reading and discussing this book.

  18. August 12, 2015 9:53 am

    I have been wanting to read this one. I am going to suggest it as a read for the upcoming year for my book club.

  19. August 12, 2015 10:17 am

    I’ve enjoyed this author’s books, thanks to you.As I was reading your book description, I was thinking that my book club might enjoy this and then you made the same suggestion. I’m definitely going to take your advice.

  20. August 12, 2015 8:02 pm

    This book sounds like my kind of read!

  21. August 15, 2015 3:56 am

    This one piqued my interest, for sure! Thanks!

  22. August 15, 2015 6:05 pm

    I started this book on audio and need to get back to it!

  23. bookingmama permalink
    August 24, 2015 10:17 pm

    I liked this one a lot!

  24. August 24, 2015 11:29 pm

    Wow! I was going to say that I loved the cover but reading about your book group discussion that seems trite. Looks good!

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