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Hurricane Season ~ Review

Hurricane Season
By Lauren K. Denton

Betsy and Jenna are as different as their lives are. The bond that they had had as children has somehow loosened over time. Betsy has always been the steady dependable one and Jenna has been the free-spirit whose intentions are good but always go awry.

Betsy and her husband Ty have taken over his family's dairy farm in Alabama and life to most appears pretty good, but a secret pain haunts their marriage - their lack of children. And this pain is placing a strain on their marriage.

Jenna finds herself working in a Nashville coffee shop working to make a life for herself and her two young daughters. Filling coffee orders was never her goal rather her passion tended to art and moments captured by the camera lens. But her passion has taken a backseat to real life.

But this summer everything is about to change when Jenna is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity - an exclusive artist retreat in Florida. With no one else to turn to Jenna reaches out to Betsy. But the two weeks that Betsy and Ty would be watching Jenna's girls grows further into the summer. Addie and Walsh though delightful add an additional strain to Betsy and Ty's marriage. And their presence further spotlights Betsy's deficiencies in the maternal factor - at least in her self-estimation, it does.

This summer is a chance for Betsy and Jenna to discover who they truly are and just what price they are willing to pay to achieve their dreams. And they just may learn that sometimes dreams must change to fit the life one has. The title Hurricane Season well suits this story as the possibility of a hurricane is an ever-present tension and it even in a sense describes the lives of those who grace these pages.

This is a book that explores the bonds of family, friendship, and love and holds them together over the years or lets them fall away. This is an enjoyable read that those who love to read fiction with a true-to-life feel to it will readily be drawn into. As the story progresses the reader is allowed glimpses into the past thus gaining insights into how Jenna, Betsy, and Ty have come to where we now find them. The book ends on a positive note for the future and leaves it to the reader's own imaginings. This would be an excellent bookclub choice for the upcoming summer months.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TLC Book Tours with the no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own

About the Book:

From the author of the USA Today bestseller The Hideaway 

comes another story of 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.

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