This summer, I have read several new-to-me authors and as a result, my authors-to-read list has grown. Better than the opposite results, right?
Even though Lauren K. Denton has a few books out, Hurricane Season was my first read of hers. And completely, one hundred percent worth the investment.
In My Opinion…
This is a book about family and giving up/holding onto dreams. Betsy and Jenna are sisters—the first happily married but childless, the latter with two little girls but no husband. When an opportunity arises for Jenna to spend a couple weeks at an artist retreat to work on her photography she’d all but given up on, she drops her girls off at her sister’s farm in coastal Alabama.
As storms form in the ocean, the emotional strain on these two families is as tumultuous. Jenna, Betsy, and Ty (Betsy’s husband) must weather the heartaches, disappointments, and trial in their lives before they uncover and discover truths that have seeded and taken root.
Well written with the addition of two precious little girls (three and five) who are as opposite as their mom and aunt, Denton’s story is one I’m thankful I didn’t miss.
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About the Book
Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have decided to put life’s disappointments behind them. At least in theory. Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, while Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget the longing for motherhood set deep in her heart. But when Betsy’s free-spirited younger sister Jenna drops her young daughters off at the farm to attend a two-week art retreat in Florida, Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.
As those two weeks stretch much farther into the hot Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world and revel in a home that’s suddenly filled with the sound of laughter and life. Meanwhile, record heat promises to usher in the
most active hurricane season in decades.
Four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She’d once been free to travel and pursue a career in photography, but all that changed with the appearance of two pink lines on a plastic stick and a boyfriend who hit the road. At Halcyon art retreat, she finally has the time and energy to focus on her photography. As the summer continues, she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home with her two children.
When Hurricane Ingrid aims her steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that could affect both her and her children’s futures, and Betsy and Ty find themselves protecting their beloved farm as well as their own hearts.
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