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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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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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    Eleanor D. Foster Savannah, Georgia USA 08-14-13
    Eleanor D. Foster Savannah, Georgia USA 08-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    The story was good, but the accents distracted from it. Please, just read the story. No one can successfully fake a southern accent. I have lived in the South all of my life and I don't know anyone who talks like these characters did.

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    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 07-28-13
    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Most fun book I've read in a long time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I actually recommended this book to all of my friends and can't wait until they get into it so I can talk about Les and her crazy husband and children with them. I


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

    Wifey by Judy Blume


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Les describes her son's dread locks and his smell after returning from Kathmandu.


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

    I laughed out loud throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was just lovely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fishman 07-20-13
    J. Fishman 07-20-13

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    "Narration awful"
    Would you try another book from Dorothea Benton Frank and/or Robin Miles?

    not sure. I liked the premise


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Husband is a cartoon character. His character is undeveloped. They were together for 30 years and you wonder why? Unlike his silly friends they stayed together. The money would have made him an attractive target (as he was with one of the wives) but he doesn't. I guess it was manifested through golf


    What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

    She thought she was Vivian Leigh. I have toured and worked in Charleston. I love it and the low country in general. Her over dramatized accent ruined this book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    As I said I liked the premise but the accent and flatness of the Husband's character left me flat as well

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kaley barrie, Ontario, Canada 09-09-13
    kaley barrie, Ontario, Canada 09-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant narration!"

    Did I mention the amazing narrator? Doesn't get better than this....smart, witty and funny!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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