Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have decided to put life’s disappointments behind them. At least in theory. Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, while Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget the longing for motherhood set deep in her heart. But when Betsy’s free-spirited younger sister Jenna drops her young daughters off at the farm to attend a two-week art retreat in Florida, Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.
As those two weeks stretch
much farther into the hot Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate
the new additions in their world and revel in a home that’s suddenly
filled with the sound of laughter and life. Meanwhile, record heat
promises to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.
hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She’d once been
free to travel and pursue a career in photography, but all that changed
with the appearance of two pink lines on a plastic stick and a boyfriend
who hit the road. At Halcyon art retreat, she finally has the time and
energy to focus on her photography. As the summer continues, she wonders
how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back
home with her two children.
When Hurricane Ingrid aims her steady
eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that could affect
both her and her children’s futures, and Betsy and Ty find themselves
protecting their beloved farm as well as their own hearts. @goodreads
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This book is told by the differen't POV's. Betsy, Jenna & Ty. Betsy & Jenna are sisters and Ty is married to Betsy.
She usually stayed in bed until at least six, but this morning she was restless, like animals get when the barometric pressure drops before a storm. It wasn't the cows, or the approaching hurricane season, or even the milk prices, which had dipped lately. It was something else, something she couldn't quite name. She felt like she needed to both run a mile and go back to sleep for the next three hours. It was energy and lethargy, anticipation and dread. Anna Beth would likely diagnose it in a heartbeat, but Betsy had always been good at pretending everything was just fine.
The babysitter was late, Addie and Walsh were flying around the house in superhero capes yelling the Batman theme song-"Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-Batman!" - and Jenna had just poured a mug of coffee when Walsh bummed into her from behind, spilling hot liquid down the front of her black Full Cup Coffee T-Shirt.
Ty Franklin's mornings began hours before everyone else's. Every night before bed, he set his alarm for 4:30 am., an hour he once thought was only for late-night bar hoppers and graveyard-shift workers. When he became a dairy man, he saw that the darkest hour before the sun rose was actually one of the most beautiful in the entire twenty-four-hour masterpiece. He now considered himself a lucky man, awake to the day's first sighs and stretches.
I actually get up at the same time as Ty, I just can't sleep. I would like to see the world as he sees it and find my own first sighs and stretches.
Betsy and Ty live on a 500 acre dairy farm. They own Franklin Dairy Farm in Alabama. How lucky to have that many acres of land!
Jenna is a single mom and she gets an opportunity to go to a photography retreat. She's hoping to make something of this instead of working at a coffee bar forever.
Jenna proceeds to drop her children with Betsy and Ty for the few weeks she is gone. Betsy is actually happy about this because she can't have her own children.
The book unfolds with everyone's own storms and dreams they are trying to make come true or keep a reality. As the hurricanes come, we see how well they all weather the storm.