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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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    Laura Durand, WI, United States 02-18-14
    Laura Durand, WI, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Nice Light enjoyable"

    So glad I found a beachy fun novel that's not xxrated 20 something romance. Perfect for the over 40 set.

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    Nancy ERIE, PA, United States 01-24-14
    Nancy ERIE, PA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Original Wife to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. You gain so much more of the character with the audio, the influctions in their voices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first from this author. Will read many more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 10-21-13
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "Love it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Original Wife to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    From start to end, I loved the storyline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to tell, but if I have to choose it would be where Les tells off her family.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Laurie San Jose, CA, United States 09-23-13
    Laurie San Jose, CA, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This Reader is Hilarious!"
    If you could sum up The Last Original Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Inspirational Warm


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters had so much personality. I loved them all - her brother, husband, children, and friends.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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    Tiffanye Jasper, AL, United States 09-23-13
    Tiffanye Jasper, AL, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved every minute of this audio book!!!!"
    Where does The Last Original Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top of my favorites list!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leslie (Les) was my favorite character!


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

    No, I haven't!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, couldn't wait to listen again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story!

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    Tina Murphey 08-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Great Novel by one of the a Greatest Authors"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Dorothea Benton Frank is one of the Great Southern Fiction Authors and in this Novel she does not disappoint!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I anxiously await Dorothea Benton Frank's next novel!!!

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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.

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    Karl172 07-20-13
    Karl172 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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    WesternPAMom Kittanning, PA USA 07-12-13
    WesternPAMom Kittanning, PA USA 07-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "narration is terrible!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was average. The narration is one of the worst I've ever heard.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dorothea Benton Frank? Why or why not?

    With another narrator' maybe.


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

    The accent was part southern (nobody from the south talks like this), the 'ou' sound was canadian, and sometimes I heard British too. Really bad!


    Do you think The Last Original Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No as the add tory ended on a final and good note.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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