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
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!
Funny, entertaining, relatable
Reminds me of an old Fanny Flag book. Good southern humor with a great story and relatable content.
It was as if the narrator was the author. The voice actually fit the book.
Harland. He is amusing and loves a good meal
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!
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Les...She became a strong woman who finally went after what she deserved and wanted.
The early therapist scenes with Wes. His mindset is so self focused it's hilarious
Harlin for his wonderful sense of style and historical knowledge.
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.
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.
I was so delighted when she "walked out".
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.
Yes, already recommended to 8 friends.
When Les leave Wes to go to Savanah
Her accent gave the book authenticity for me.
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