Hurricane Season

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 03 May 2018

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Hurricane Season is the first I’ve ready by Lauren K. Denton.

This story revolves around two sisters, Jenna and her older sister, Betsy. They share a loving but strained relationship.

Jenna, a free spirited single mother, is trying to support her two little girls on a barista’s paycheck. When an opportunity to follow her dream as a photographer basically drops in her lap, she grabs it. However, she must leave her children with Betsy while she follows this dream. I know this move was to better herself, but at times, I found this character selfish, especially when she extended her stay at the retreat.

Betsy loves her life as a farmer’s wife. The only thing that is missing is children of...

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I enjoyed Lauren Denton's debut novel, The Hideaway, and had high hopes for her second novel. I wasn't disappointed. This was a well written novel that kept me turning the pages. It was all about love and family and relationships -not just the relationship between husband and wife but also between sisters who are very different from each other.

Betsy and Ty own a dairy farm in southern Alabama. They both work hard to keep the farm running and secure their future. The one part of their lives that has disappointed them is that after 5 years of marriage, they have been unable to have children. Betsy's younger sister, Jenna, always the rebel in the family, drops her two kids off...

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What I love about both of Lauren K. Denton's novels is how she can utterly transport me to the Gulf Coast in just a few pages.

Hurricane Season tells the story of sisters Jenna and Betsy, along with Betsy's husband Ty. Betsy was always the sensible older sister until she married Ty, a dairy farmer. Jenna always took the past of most resistance to forge her own path. Now a single mother with two young daughters, Jenna is working in a Nashville coffee shop, having given up on her dreams of pursuing a photography career. Betsy thought her life with Ty was full to the brim but after failing to become pregnant and start a family, Betsy begins to long for something more. Betsy...

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Hurricane Season is a great title for this book. The idea that strong storms bring about destruction but still offer the chance for new life once it's passed is not lost. The main theme here is strong and thread throughout the book as a reminder. The writing and process of character development is solid. However, the plot is not as developed.

Family conflicts, especially between two sisters who are polar opposites will always present great storylines. I found the description of farm life very interesting especially when adding two precocious little girls into the mix. These were my favorite parts of the book.

However, I felt as if I was waiting for something to happen during...

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What a perfect family/sister/marriage book. Two sisters and one of their husbands narrate this book and to add his perspective was just right. The two sisters in the heart of this story are in their adulthood and one is a single mom of two daughters and hasn't taken the usual path when decisions had to be made. The older sister always followed "the path", but things haven't been easy and she isn't where she thought she would be at this point in her life.

I loved the underlining impending storm and the reality of the hurricane hitting this farm, but also the other storms that we can possibly predict and other storms that take a different direction. I am not a...

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Favorite Quotes:

… the battered gray school bus from Bankston Detention pulled up out front, and twenty teenage boys shuffled off, hormones and pent-up energy swirling around them like almost visible steam.

She smoothed her hands across the blanket, straightened the corners, and imagined the room holding two little girls after holding nothing but dreams and damaged furniture.

Jenna always hated icebreakers like this. They reminded her of the week in college when she lost her mind and thought she might actually want to join a sorority. Five grueling days of prim parties, saccharine conversation, and ridiculous icebreakers where one by one, girls explained through tears how their future...

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HURRICANE SEASON is bodged by the pointless and prolonged metaphor not subtly alluded to in the book's title. Apparently the weather's volatility is supposed to represent relationships of the story's protagonist's, but like the anti-climatic hurricane itself the novel's characters are not exciting and are afforded little development. Namely sisters,
Jenna & Betsy, and husband, Tyler, who share POV throughout the novel, are given substantial conflict to produce growth. Instead they work themselves up to disappointingly tenseless arguments which result in almost no change whatsoever. Meanwhile, after openly foreshadowing, for what seems like ages, to a big storm...

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Hurricane Season is a beautifully told family drama about the things that push apart and the things that bring us back together again, as well as finding yourself amidst the chaos of life. This book is the story of two sisters who have drifted apart and are struggling to find themselves and a way back to each other. While I enjoyed the storyline and the writing, the plot moved along slowly and it was hard to stay focused on the book at times. I wish there had been a little more something to really pull me into the story. The end of the book picks up the pace a bit but it feels like a lot is crammed into the last few chapters. If you like slow burn contemporary fiction with inspirational...

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This is a book about two sisters who have grown apart, each has their own struggles to deal with. Each wanting what the other sister has. This was a quick read and I enjoyed it.
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I just finished Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton. First of all, the cover is just beautiful. It definitely drew me in at first glance. I really wanted to love this book. It read just like a day to day between the sisters. I kept waiting for a climatic happening and it really never came. Even the hurricane was just like any other day. I liked the characters and the setting. I think it just needed a little more excitement for me. Overall, I guess if you are looking for a book about the day to day living of two sisters, this is your book.  Special thanks to 
Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 
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Two sisters who couldn’t be more different are bound together through one hurricane summer by the two young daughters of one sister.

Betsy lives on a farm with her husband Ty in Alabama. They are updating the farm to provide educational opportunities to children and are trying to make it in a world where dairy farms need to grow and change to keep up with the times. What both Betsy and Ty really want is a child, but after five years, they have faced disappoint through the years as hope turned to sadness as they are unable to conceive.

Betsy’s younger sister Jenna has always been the wild impetuous sister to Betsy’s responsible one. Jenna is trying to turn her life around with being a...

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While an enjoyable story, I found it not to be faith based fiction. It did mention once (I believe) of the main characters, Betsy and Ty at church. It mentioned praying a sprinkling of times, but nothing else to indicate this couple, or their friends, being solid Christians who rely on God and is a part of their daily lives. Thus, my four star rating.
Betsy and her husband of eight years, Ty own his family farm which keeps them, along with some employees very busy. Betsy's desire is to have children, but even after consulting with a doctor, they have no children and she has given up hope and is somewhat depressed over this. Ty wonders why he isn't enough for her, as he feels she...

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Hurricane Season is an enjoyable story about sisterhood and the complications and joys that come along with it!
This story is told from three points of view - Ty, farmer and husband to Betsy; Betsy, wife to Ty and older sister to Jenna; and Jenna, younger sister and single mother of two. Betsy and Ty live on a farm and have struggled with infertility. Jenna is a free spirited mother of two girls who had/has dreams of becoming a professional photographer. The sisters have a strained relationship and are very different in how they approach life. Jenna has an opportunity to pursue her dream and leaves her two girls at the farm with Betsy and Ty. A hurricane is approaching and the...

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A family’s self discovery in the midst of Hurricane Season on a dairy farm in Alabama.  What’s not to like about that!  Wonderful depicted characters that you will come to love and wish you knew.  A story of redemption and finding peace in the midst of circumstances.  Learning what is most important in life and being thankful.  A well written, truly sweet story.
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I wanted to like Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton. The cover is gorgeous, and the title caught my attention. But, alas, this book proves to be one of the “don’t judge a book by its cover” stories for me. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not a bad book. It just did not live up to my expectations based on those two things. However, I have a feeling that there will be many readers who will love this one. It is clean, and you could even pass it along to your grandma. So, that’s good.

But, the book fell short for me. It moved incredibly slow for my tastes. And, it was neither plot-driven nor character-driven. The story follows two sisters, but not much actually happens. One goes to an art...

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I received an ARC copy of Hurricane Season. Lauren K Denton is the real deal author. Her 2nd novel does not disappoint. A moving story about the relationship 2 sisters have, the trials they are each enduring that tie them together in the end. The backdrop of the family farm in Alabama brings you into the story to teach you about the dedication it takes along with the appreciation of hard work on a dairy farm.  Her words on the page convey the struggles of infertility, the bond sisters can have while overcoming long held differences and the basic love family can give us.
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Betsy and Ty Franklin run a dairy farm in southern Alabama. Ty is busy with the cows, while Betsy works constantly to manage the farm’s operations. They have a good life, although their inability to have children is tearing them apart. When Betsy’s younger sister, Jenna, drops her two daughters off at the farm so she can attend a two-week art retreat, their quiet life at the dairy is turned upside down.

Jenna’s free-spirited days are over. Instead, she spends her days managing a coffee shop and caring for her daughters. She yearns for the days when she pursued photography, but that dream took a back seat when she got pregnant and her boyfriend split. Now, she’s offered a two-week stay at...

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I was actually pulled into this story by the unusual cover, and I was immediately immersed into the Franklin family and their broken dreams. I couldn't help but feel Betsy's pain and her unspoken longing for children. Her younger sister Jenna had broken dreams of her own, and she felt overwhelmed with her role as sole caregiver to her two young daughters.

It wasn't planned by any of them, but that hot Alabama summer brought monumental changes to the entire family. Ty and Betsy were thrown into full-time childcare, and their normally busy summer days became chaotic, to say the least. However, some of the brokenness started to heal without them even realizing what was...

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4 “the storm is coming” stars to Hurricane Season!

Lauren Denton’s sophomore novel, Hurricane Season, is told in three alternating voices: Jenna, the younger, flighty sister and single mother; Ty, the rugged dairy farmer and husband; and Betsy, the older, responsible sister to Jenna and wife to Ty.

Jenna is a budding artist-slash-coffee barista manager, and the opportunity of a lifetime comes her way one summer. The problem is, who will take care of her kids while she pursues it?

Betsy and her husband Ty have been struggling with infertility while also enjoying a quiet life on their farm. Of course Betsy agrees to take care of Jenna’s girls for the summer, and all the while, a...

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