The Hurricane Sisters

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Hurricane Sisters
When an emotional hurricane blows through their lives, testing them in ways they never thought possible, 23-year-old Ashley Anne Waters, her mother Liz and Maisie, the family matriarch, must turn to each for strength and support as the bonds they share are ultimately transformed. "Best friends since the first day of classes at The College of Charleston, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe, now 23 years old, live in Ashley's parents' beach house rent-free. Ashley is a gallery assistant who aspires to become an artist. Mary Beth, a gifted cook from Tennessee, works for a caterer while searching for a good teaching job. Though they both know what they want out of life, their parents barely support their dreams and worry for their precarious finances. While they don't make much money, the girls do have a million-dollar view that comes with living in that fabulous house on Sullivans Island. Sipping wine on the porch and watching a blood-red sunset, Ashley and Mary Beth hit on a brilliant and lucrative idea. With a new coat of paint, the first floor would be a perfect place for soireés for paying guests. Knowing her parents would be horrified at the idea of common strangers trampling through their home, Ashley won't tell them. Besides, Clayton and Liz Waters have enough problems of their own. A successful investment banker, Clayton is too often found in his pied-à-terre in Manhattan--which Liz is sure he uses to have an affair. And when will Ashley and her brother, Ivy, a gay man with a very wealthy and very Asian life partner--ever grow up? Then there is Maisie, Liz's mother, the family matriarch who has just turned eighty, who never lets Liz forget that she's not her perfect dead sister, Juliet. For these Lowcountry women, an emotional hurricane is about to blow through their lives, wreaking havoc that will test them in unexpected ways, ultimately transforming the bonds they share"--

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780062132529
Characteristics: viii, 326 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 02, 2015
  • samdog123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ashley, Liz and Maisie form a trio of daughter, Mother and Grandmother living in hurricane country, South Carolina. The author builds the characters really well and we learn what makes each of them tick, especially the young and impressionable artist, Ashley. Although the overall story was a bit 'soap-opera-y,' I did enjoy it. Too bad the overall theme came together in the last 25 pages, but when it did, it was well done.

Dec 08, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Benton's books always focus on interrelationships, which I enjoy. This particular family and its closest friends are an interesting mix of "proper" Southern behaviour and individuals who think outside that box. They bounce off each other in not-so-great ways until a crisis in weather and relationships brings out the best, loving aspects of them. They have lives I can't really see living myself, but I do enjoy reading about them.

Aug 15, 2014

this book is a a great

read. her characters are so inviting. it also hows suspense with women who are battered and don't realize it. truly inspiring.

Jul 25, 2014
  • cimicifuga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book two weeks ago and cannot remember what it's about. That is an indication of the impression it made on me.

Jul 15, 2014
  • anabelle123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable summer read!

Jul 15, 2014
  • catden rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a slow book however I enjoyed the book.

Jul 10, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Pretty good story but a little too "sweet" and trite for me!


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Jul 10, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A woman in Charleston, South Carolina has to learn to accept and try to heal the fissures within her marriage, her relationship with her mother and with her children.... and learn to stop denying the truth about the death of her sister years before... all set against the backdrop of the domestic violence issue and an oncoming hurricane.


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