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The Last Original Wife | [Dorothea Benton Frank]

The Last Original Wife

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.
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Publisher's Summary

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides.

If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother's stately historic home, she's going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivan's Island. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants...and find the life of which she's always dreamed.

Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a low country breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.

©2013 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 08-06-15
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Les vs. Wes"

    Frankly, I do not know where to start. Maybe with a change of title to " 30 Years as a Door Mat." Other reviewers thought Les was a strong woman. After 30 years with Wes it seemed to me she woke up and either had to sink or swim and thankfully it was swim. I thought letting Wes as well as her children treat her like the 'Maid' was very disrespectful to her as a wife and mother. The narration took much getting used to since it was no where near a Southern accent. I could not find anything else to read so I stuck it out with this one and that is the only reason. Will I read it again? Absolutely Not!

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    Alisa Bleske 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great performance to match the book!"
    If you could sum up The Last Original Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, entertaining, relatable


    What other book might you compare The Last Original Wife to and why?

    Reminds me of an old Fanny Flag book. Good southern humor with a great story and relatable content.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    It was as if the narrator was the author. The voice actually fit the book.


    If you could take any character from The Last Original Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Harland. He is amusing and loves a good meal


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    kelly 06-24-15
    kelly 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this novel!!"

    This novel is captivating in a southern hoorah kind of way. I enjoy it every time I listen & sugah I have listened to it at least a half dozen times! Highly recommend.

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    Virginia United States 05-22-15
    Virginia United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining and empowering."

    I loved the premise, the details were more than satisfying and I found myself cheering throughout.

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    betsycleavitt 05-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Love!"

    This book was awesome! Her writing is witty and sentimental at the same time… I literally laughed out loud at some of the things Wes said and did. I have loved her works and Sullivans Island years ago and look forward to reading everything she writes!

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    Kari Homan 05-03-15
    Kari Homan 05-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "great listen"

    What a great story about a woman finally coming into her own!!! What a great listen!!!

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    Krista 04-14-15
    Krista 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious!"
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    This book kept my attention from the beginning and at times made me laugh out loud. Ending was little predictable and silly, but all in all it was a good book to listen too.

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    Jessica Stewart SAVOY, IL, US 11-05-14
    Jessica Stewart SAVOY, IL, US 11-05-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Book and Amazing Voice Acting!"
    Where does The Last Original Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this is one of the top books I've listened to because the story was interesting and funny and the voice actor was amazing! She could read the dictionary and leave you unable to put it down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Les...She became a strong woman who finally went after what she deserved and wanted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The early therapist scenes with Wes. His mindset is so self focused it's hilarious


    If you could take any character from The Last Original Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Harlin for his wonderful sense of style and historical knowledge.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading all of this author's other works. I'm so happy to have discovered her. I've always been a fan of Anne Rivers Siddons and was looking for a similar author. They have different narrative styles but both make Charleston and the south seem magical.

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    Vanessa California 07-15-14
    Vanessa California 07-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Amusing, Sweet, and Bittersweet"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Original Wife the most enjoyable?

    The main character was obviously giving herself a chance to care about her own happiness after too many years of setting her cares on the back burner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Original Wife?

    I was so delighted when she "walked out".


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

    I had to adjust to the narrator for several minutes. I often have to wait to see if I will like the reader or not.Ultimately I enjoyed her voice and I know she enhanced the story.


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    Teresa 07-09-14
    Teresa 07-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly recommend!yes, and"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, already recommended to 8 friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Original Wife?

    When Les leave Wes to go to Savanah


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

    Her accent gave the book authenticity for me.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Last Original Wife and why?

    Les


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