Saturday, September 6, 2014

THE HURRICANE SISTERS: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE HURRICANE SISTERS
BY DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK
  
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 that is hard earned. There we meet three generations of women buried in secrets. The determined matriarch, Maisie Pringle, at eighty, is a force to be reckoned with because she will have the final word on everything, especially when she's dead wrong. Her daughter, Liz, is caught up in the classic maelstrom of being middle-age and in an emotionally demanding career that will eventually open all their eyes to a terrible truth. And Liz's beautiful twenty-something daughter, Ashley, whose dreamy ambitions of her unlikely future keeps them all at odds.

Luckily for Ashley, her wonderful older brother, Ivy, is her fierce champion but he can only do so much from San Francisco where he resides with his partner. And Mary Beth, her dearest friend, tries to have her back but even she can't talk headstrong Ashley out of a relationship with an ambitious politician who seems slightly too old for her.

Actually, Ashley and Mary Beth have yet to launch themselves into solvency. Their prospects seem bleak. So while they wait for the world to discover them and deliver them from a ramen-based existence, they placate themselves with a hare-brained scheme to make money but one that threatens to land them in huge trouble with the authorities.

So where is Clayton, Liz's husband? He seems more distracted than usual. Ashley desperately needs her father's love and attention but what kind of a parent can he be to Ashley with one foot in Manhattan and the other one planted in indiscretion? And Liz, who's an expert in the field of troubled domestic life, refuses to acknowledge Ashley's precarious situation. Who's in charge of this family? The wake-up call is about to arrive.

The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, Ashley, and Mary Beth deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves. After a terrible confrontation they are forced to rise to forgiveness, but can they establish a new order for the future of them all?

Frank, with her hallmark scintillating wit and crisp insight, captures how a complex family of disparate characters and their close friends can overcome anything through the power of love and reconciliation. This is the often hilarious, sometimes sobering, but always entertaining story of how these unforgettable women became The Hurricane Sisters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She divides her time between the New York area and the Lowcountry.

Her website "Bio" tell us that she is: Best-selling author, public speaker, nonprofit fundraiser. Frank and her four siblings, Lynn Benton Bagnal, William Oliver Benton (deceased), Theodore Anthony Benton and Michael Kent Benton were born and reared on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. She is the daughter of William Oliver Benton, Jr. (1914 - 1955) and Dorothea Blanchard (1914 - 1992).

She attended Bishop England High School in Charleston and graduated from General William Moultrie High School in 1969. Her interest in retail apparel took her to Atlanta GA where she graduated from The Fashion Institute of America in 1972. For a short period she lived in Atlanta and was employed in the Atlanta Apparel Mart by College Town Sportswear. She returned to Charleston, SC in 1973 and became a buyer for Kerrison's Department Store. In 1974 she was hired by Byer California and moved to San Francisco, CA. A year later she moved to New York City and went to work on Seventh Avenue for Fire Islander Sportswear, Heralcorp Industries and Michael Lerner. She retired from the apparel industry in 1985. TO FINISH READING ABOUT MS. FRANK'S LIFE, VISIT HER WEBSITE BIO HERE.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK:
                     
                     
                     
PRAISE FOR DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK:
"Dottie Frank's books have the fizz of a gin and tonic, the hilarity of a night out at a comedy club and the warmth of a South Carolina sun. Dip in, dive in, but no matter how you go, you'll love her. The Last Original Wife is a keeper."— Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker's Wife

"Something about her novels just seems to say Summer" —USA Today

"A masterful storyteller."— Booklist

"The queen of sassy Southern fiction."— Charlotte Observer

"What do you get when you combine family drama, eccentric characters, and the unmistakable Lowcountry landscape? A Dorothea Benton Frank novel."— Costal Observer

"There must be something in the sea air and coastal breezes that infuses the language of low country authors such as Frank with full, lush, evocative word paintings."— Bowling Green Daily News

"Reading her books is like cleansing the palate: a great story, genuinely nice people, and a setting you will long to experience for yourself."— Bookreporter.com
GIVEAWAY
 
 THANKS TO THE FOLKS AT HARPER COLLINS
AND WILLIAM MORROW BOOKS, I HAVE
ONE COPY OF THE HURRICANE SISTERS, TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
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I have read other books by Dorothea and this one sounds like a good read.

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I thought it interesting that Dorothea attended Bishop England High School in Charleston.

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