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What is this book about?

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.

My review:

The contrast between the sisters’ circumstances – one having children but looking for more and the other having more but looking for children – was the driving force for this story. It was a lesson in finding contentment in life rather than spending too much time wishing for a different one.

There were times when I understood and sympathized with Betsy and Jenna. Don’t we all have moments when we want what someone else has? But there were many times when I want to shake them both for not appreciating what they did have.

By the end of the story, both women come to see what they have and also mend the breaks within their relationship. I liked that the end was not set in stone, but hopeful.

With the title of the book being ‘Hurricane Season’ and the many references to the expectant Hurricane Ingrid, I did expect something more to come from that. I may have missed a metaphor or message there.

What I enjoyed most about this book

The end of the book when both women find their own contentment with their lives.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Some of the choices made by both women made me want to shake some sense into them.

Would I recommend this book to others? I think so. There were some parts that felt a little slow for me, but I did think that the character journey for both women was a complete one and the ending left me feeling hopeful. This is a standalone story.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Lauren K Denton, author website

-Loraine Nunley

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