I have read a few books by Dorothea Benton Frank and so enjoyed them. Needless to say I feel no different about The Hurricane Sisters. It was such a wonderful ‘listen’ for me and I think it would make the perfect summer read. I liked the story, the characters, and most definitely the setting. As I mentioned I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Robin Miles. I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to her before but she is now a new favorite. She captures the southern tone of this novel to perfection and I enjoyed every minute of listening to her tell this story.
The story takes us to the South Carolina Lowcountry and introduces us to three generations of women. First is Maisie, the matriarch of the family. Maisie is eighty years old and she’s bound and determined to still live her life which includes catching herself a much younger boyfriend. She still holds court over her family though and I adored her character. There were many times she had me laughing over one thing or another.
Then there is Maisie’s daughter Liz who loves her work with a battered woman’s shelter but is starting to really feel her age. She isn’t any longer the young sexy model but the older more mature woman and she is starting to feel quite neglected by her husband Clayton. Needless to say their marriage is not what it used to be and even when Liz puts forth the effort it seems Clayton isn’t interested. The question is why?
Last we have Liz’s daughter Ashley, a young woman in her twenties who dreams of being an artist one day. In the meantime though she lives in her family’s beach house with her best friend and works for a living. Ashley is a girl who is taken in by the rich and powerful and finds it so very attractive. This leads her to a relationship with a powerful man who turns out to be one of her worst mistakes.
While this novel is the perfect beach read it also effortlessly tackles a lot of heavier subjects like infidelity, physical abuse, and mother – daughter relationships. Moreover it really brings to light the love and support of family and friends.
I would recommend The Hurricane Sisters to those who love women’s fiction and if you have a chance to listen to the audiobook I highly recommend it. The performance by Robin Miles is amazing and she brings this wonderful story to life for her listeners. I really enjoyed this book and it only highlights why I enjoy the books of Dorothea Benton Frank so much!