Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton is an amazing story of family relationships. Betsy and Jenna are sisters who were raised by career focused parents. Betsy and her husband Ty are the owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama. The farm has been in Ty’s family for years. When he was just 15 years old his grandfather informed him it would be his one day. After eight years of marriage, Betsy and Ty have been unable to have children and are working on accepting this.
Jenna is the younger sister who has always been a free spirit. She is a single mother of two little girls who works at at coffee shop. Jenna has always loved photography, but has put that aside to make a living for her family. A friend encourages her to apply to an art retreat and she gets accepted. With no one else to care for her children, she takes them to Betsy for the two weeks of the retreat. While at the retreat, she is invited to spend the rest of the summer there.
Betsy and Ty are having many struggles. Betsy is trying to move past not being a mother. She did not consult Ty before taking Jenna’s girls and Ty is upset about this. When Jenna does not return when she says she will, Betsy and Ty wonder is she will come back for the girls. It is soon hurricane season and Ty and his crew are busy preparing the farm to possible damage. Having survived other hurricane’s they know what to watch for and how to prepare.
This is a great story that focuses on family and doing what needs to be done for family. This story is so well written, it is easy to get lost in it. The story touches on real life issues, such as infertility, single motherhood, and doing what is needed. The things in the story that stand out to me, are how Betsy has taken on projects to help the farm. And, that with going to the retreat, Jenna is able to think of ways she can have a job to support her family as well as find time to pursue her love of photography. But the thing that stands out the most are the memories the sisters have of their childhood, of having each other for support when the parents were too busy for them. Especially the memories of Betsy trying to talk her parents into allowing Jenna pursue photography I really think anyone who enjoys modern day story of family relationships will enjoy this book. While this book is published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publishing company, there is minimal Christian references. The only references are going to church and praying.
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