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 Review of Hurricane Season
Lauren K. Denton’s Hurricane Season is the poignant story of two sisters yearning for fulfillment and a future just within their grasp.
Betsy Franklin lives on a dairy farm with her husband Ty in Elinore, Alabama. They live simply, but work hard on their farm trying to make a living. Ty has never wanted to do anything, but run his grandfather’s dairy farm while Betsy for the most part is happy with her loving husband and life on the farm, except for the one thing that has eluded her, children. Despite all the tests and trials and trying, Betsy has not become pregnant. With no real explanation for her inability to conceive, Betsy is left with an empty place in her heart that even a perfect husband like Ty can’t fill.
Jenna Sawyer, Betsy’s sister lives from paycheck to paycheck as a manager and barista at Full Cup in E. Nashville, Tennessee. Despite always running on empty Jenna is a happy, single mother of two that long ago abandoned the art world of photography to raise her children in a loving, but simple home. Between her crazy schedule and caring for her young daughters, Jenna is left with little time for a bath, let alone starting a photography career. But when a older mentor manages to get her into Halcyon, a retreat for artistic geniuses in Florida , Jenna can’t resist the chance to revive her artistic side and prove to herself she has what it takes to make something out of her passion for photography. Jenna’s only problem - what does she do with her girls while she is away?
As pressure mounts and Jenna must decide to go or stay, she calls Betsy and asks if she would be willing to help care for her nieces while she is away on retreat. With a little trepidation Besty agrees, but her husband Ty is not happy with the arrangement. Betsy has a history of bailing her sister out of difficult situations and a problem saying no to Jenna. That coupled with his fear Betsy’s heart will have a difficult time caring for the children and become too attached is foremost in his mind.
When the two weeks turns into an extended stay for Jenna, Betsy becomes frustrated as she grows more attached to the girls. As Betsy begins to imagine a more permanent home with her nieces, Ty and Betsy’s relationship becomes increasingly strained. While trying to settle their differences and prepare for a hurricane that is bearing down on them, Jenna suddenly decides to come home and collect the girls. With Jenna’s arrival, Betsy’s world is turned upside down. With Ty left to pick up the pieces of Betsy’s wounded heart, only time and love can heal what is broken.
I loved this book. It was so tender and the characters tugged at my heart. I loved Ty and Betsy’s relationship and longed for Betsy to have a child. I loved Ty’s strength of character, his love for Betsy and his desire to protect her at all costs. I liked Jenna’s tenacity and her love for her daughters and her desire to make a better life for them. All in all, this is a feel good book that you will want to settle into on a lazy afternoon with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and let the storyline and characters take you away.
Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton is a beautiful story of two sisters and the history that keeps them connected. It’s a story of a relationship between a husband and wife and the ability to nurture and protect it. It’s a story of family and friendship and the ties that bind.
I want to thank Thomas Nelson - Fiction via NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton for a fair and honest review.
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