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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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    Malie United States 12-05-11
    Malie United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Texas Ex's!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who has ever been to Texas or is from there. This story was absolutely hysterical! I am an ex-Texas girl myself, and this book brought back so many memories of typical Texas ladies and expectations, etc. The author clearly did her homework.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Te4xas is one of the only places that has kept their old traditions of debutaunte life. It gave a true rendition of this tradition and added a great romantic back story.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will now.


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

    It made me laugh out loud in some parts, and keep flipping the pages.


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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

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    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.

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    Laura Mequon, WI, USA 07-15-08
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    I found this fun, light entertainment. Good narration. Better and a little more substance than most 'chick-lit' books I've read.

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    Dogs & Horses 05-14-15

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    "Surprisingly deep and funny. More than chick lit"

    This book made me happy. The characters were flawed and still loveable with humor and heart. It was more than frivolous chick lit with a look at the relationship between mothers and daughters from a couple of perspectives. And a nice romance that felt real and complicated and not picture perfect.

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    Shoe Crazy 01-05-15
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    "Funny, entertaining but predictable!"

    I needed some light listening while I was doing other things and this book fit the bill. Entertaining and amusing characters. Confirms that Texas is a foreign country to this Midwestern girl, but amusing and worth the listen.

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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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    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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    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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    Lisa Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-08-13
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