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The Ex-Debutante | [Linda Francis Lee]

The Ex-Debutante

When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing leaves her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she has no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, has found liberation - or so she thinks until, one day, she gets an urgent call from her mother.
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When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing leaves her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she has no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, has found liberation - or so she thinks. One day, she gets an urgent call from her mother, reporting that: (1) the Symphony Association Debutante Ball, which Carlisle's family has sponsored for years, is about to be called off; (2) her mother's divorce has the whole town talking; and (3) the family's good name is at stake, and Carlisle is the only one who can fix it all.

So Carlisle takes a leave of absence from her law firm and goes to Texas to help. Her fiance, who has no idea she's an heiress, can't know that she's organizing the ball, handling the dramas of the girls involved, settling her mother's suit - and coming face to face with the true love of her life, whom she ran out on when she left Texas.

Her trip home challenges Carlisle's sense of herself and brings the pieces of her past togther, so that when she finally re-meets the man of her dreams, she's in a perfect place to tempt fate.

©2008 Linda Francis Lee; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 07-12-08
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 07-12-08
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    "Yee-Hah!"

    I loved this book and most of it might be because of the EXCELLENT Narrator. I mean, it wasn't story of great literary height but it was funny and entertaining. The Narrator made the book. She was great!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 02-08-10
    S new york, NY, United States 02-08-10
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    "pretty good!"

    The female was a strong character with a well developed history and interesting relationships. The narrator did a great job. The author seamlessly transitioned into flashbacks and the relationship conflicts were grounded enough to balance the fluffy chick lit-ness.

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    JLH 10-16-08
    JLH 10-16-08 Member Since 2003

    JLH

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    "LOL"

    This is a fun book! Yes, it is predictable. Yes, it made me laugh. Yes, I loved it! The narrator did a great job with the 'Texas Deb' heroine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Mequon, WI, USA 07-15-08
    Laura Mequon, WI, USA 07-15-08
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    "Fun"

    I found this fun, light entertainment. Good narration. Better and a little more substance than most 'chick-lit' books I've read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kath Danvers, MA, United States 08-21-14
    Kath Danvers, MA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A light, entertaining read"

    This book is one that I would categorize as a beach read. Light, entertaining, and not too taxing on your brain. I enjoyed the narration, except when she attempted a Boston accent. Being from Boston, the accent sounded VERY odd, definitely not a Boston accent.

    The story is of a woman who grew up in a wealthy family in Texas but escapes for a career as a divorce lawyer in Boston. She is sucked back home to represent her mother in her divorce proceedings, and is later given the task of running the annual debutante ball. She takes a leave of absense from her job and fiance to complete these tasks.

    In the end, the story is about facing your past, especially the past that you ran away from.

    I'm not sure the time interval of the entire book - was it a couple of months? 6 months? a year? It was a little difficult to keep track of time.

    In the end, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone looking for something that does not involve a lot of thinking.

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    Reader Atkinson, NE, United States 08-08-14
    Reader Atkinson, NE, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The miles flew by..."
    Would you listen to The Ex-Debutante again? Why?

    Yes. I needed something easy to listen to as I drove and this book fit the bill perfectly. I have several audio books I go to for long drives and will add this one to the list.


    What other book might you compare The Ex-Debutante to and why?

    The Devil in the Junior League. Written by the same author and with the same style.


    What does Susan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think the book is better as an audio book. Not sure I'd have liked it as well if I'd read it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed often. I really enjoyed the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Fisher-Day SE Michigan 11-29-13
    Laura Fisher-Day SE Michigan 11-29-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Entertaining - easy listening"

    Nice story line easy to listen to. Read all 3 of Linda Francis Lee's books liked this one the best

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    Emmanuelle Toronto, ON, Canada 09-20-13
    Emmanuelle Toronto, ON, Canada 09-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring Boring Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    The main character spent the entire book focusing on what was wrong with the people around her - which usually boiled down to either how unsophisticated they were, not having come from old money like her, or how wrapped up they were in themselves, whether they were too involved with their looks, or their personal causes. Yet she didn't seem to notice that she was as selfish, and stuck up as those around her that she criticised for those very flaws.
    I rolled my eyes the entire way through the book, and the only reason I finished it was the fact that I was on a two week vacation with no Internet access.
    Not worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kare690 Massachusetts 09-19-13
    Kare690 Massachusetts 09-19-13

    Psych RN who dreams of living in a forest inside a hollow tree with my hubby and dog, listening to Audible books while bunnies frolic around

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Good listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ex-Debutante?

    Finding out who her mother was with every week at the motel.


    What does Susan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings the characters to life differently than what I would have in my head.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It depends on who played the starring role.


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    Lisa Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-08-13
    Lisa Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    I laughed out loud with this book. There were some great twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. I loved this book!

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