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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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.
So glad I found a beachy fun novel that's not xxrated 20 something romance. Perfect for the over 40 set.
Absolutely. You gain so much more of the character with the audio, the influctions in their voices.
Leslie. I loved her "I'm not takin this anymore" attitude and the way she took back control of her life. She proved you don't have to "settle" at any age.
I think where Les tells her kids what she thinks of what they've done with their lives so far....especially loved when her son tells her the people in Kathmandu don't need to bathe more than once a year because the air is so thin, and Les tells him, "You're in Atlanta. Take a bath!" Loved her.
Yes, I listened to this book in the car, doing the laundry, cleaning the bathroom, grocery shopping. Couldn't put it down and was irritated with unnecessary interruptions.
This was my first from this author. Will read many more!
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
From start to end, I loved the storyline.
It's hard to tell, but if I have to choose it would be where Les tells off her family.
Yes, where Les feels frustrated with her family, the way I feel about mine at the current time. We have young adults can't decide what they want to do with their life and they still depend on their parents to continue to support them.
Fun Inspirational Warm
The characters had so much personality. I loved them all - her brother, husband, children, and friends.
This reader gave the book so much personality. I found myself laughing out loud many times during the story. Her accents and dramatic voices for the each character made the story truly entertaining. I loved when she did the voice of the perturbed, self-centered husband.
I would love to go to dinner with Leslie, the main character. She's tough, strong, level-headed and calm. She seems like such a good friend and person.
Right at the top of my favorites list!
Leslie (Les) was my favorite character!
No, I haven't!
Yes, couldn't wait to listen again and again.
Loved the story!
Yes! Dorothea Benton Frank is one of the Great Southern Fiction Authors and in this Novel she does not disappoint!
Oh my favorite was Les! She has finesse, dignity, wit, and stamina all while going through a difficult time and having to make a very difficult decision. All the while she continues to maintain her beautiful spirit and character!!!
I anxiously await Dorothea Benton Frank's next novel!!!
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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