Monday, April 09, 2018

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton ~ Book Tour and Review

Publisher's Description:
From the author of the USA TODAY bestseller "The Hideaway" comes a new story about families and mending the past. Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble. As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades. Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom. When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

My Thoughts:
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, it's just gorgeous.  The second was that it is a story of sisters.  I'm always up for a good sister story.  There are many dynamics that come into play in the relationships that sisters have and this story touched on so many of them.  The deep bond of not only being sisters but also being the only two siblings within a family,  the perceived or not favortism of the parents, the responsible older sister compared with the wild child younger sister all play into where they are in their lives.  Betsy was a character who I could relate to, being the older sister.  Both sisters have some issues from their past that affects how they relate to one another and to the world around them.   I thought that their characters were quite realistic in that they both had good qualities and yet had flaws arising from the hurt in their lives that caused some questionable decision making.  The author was able to  involve my emotions toward them in one way or another.  The corresponding story of the building hurricane and the swirling events happening in their lives really kept me engaged as I wondered if it all would just blow over or whether there would be devastation, either on land or in hearts. I liked the character development of all the main characters in this story and really liked the how the supporting characters were written.   Though there was not a big element of faith to the story it was a nice, clean, touching contemporary story of the relationship of sisters and overcoming shattered hopes and dreams that I really enjoyed.  I would recommend it if you like a contemporary story about sisters, lost dreams, or hope.

I gave this a 9/10.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for sending me a free copy for review.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.


Deb said...

Sounds like a good story. I will have to look for it. Thanks for the review!

Faith said...

Sounds good! That cover reminds me of one i read a while back called Porch Lights or something like that. I' like stories about sisters too!!