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When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing leaves her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she has no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, has found liberation - or so she thinks. One day, she gets an urgent call from her mother, reporting that: (1) the Symphony Association Debutante Ball, which Carlisle's family has sponsored for years, is about to be called off; (2) her mother's divorce has the whole town talking; and (3) the family's good name is at stake, and Carlisle is the only one who can fix it all.

So Carlisle takes a leave of absence from her law firm and goes to Texas to help. Her fiance, who has no idea she's an heiress, can't know that she's organizing the ball, handling the dramas of the girls involved, settling her mother's suit - and coming face to face with the true love of her life, whom she ran out on when she left Texas.

Her trip home challenges Carlisle's sense of herself and brings the pieces of her past togther, so that when she finally re-meets the man of her dreams, she's in a perfect place to tempt fate.

©2008 Linda Francis Lee (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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Funny, poignant

Loved it! Southern women at their funniest and finest! I highly recommend to all ages.

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Give it a minute

It took a while to get used to the narrator, however, one I got used to her voice it was better .

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entertaining!

the story and the heroine are hilarious and engaging. linda francis lee's debutante series is a perfect vacation read. bennett does a wonderful job bringing the stories to life with a subtle southern accent and a wry tone.

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Surprisingly deep and funny. More than chick lit

This book made me happy. The characters were flawed and still loveable with humor and heart. It was more than frivolous chick lit with a look at the relationship between mothers and daughters from a couple of perspectives. And a nice romance that felt real and complicated and not picture perfect.

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Funny, entertaining but predictable!

I needed some light listening while I was doing other things and this book fit the bill. Entertaining and amusing characters. Confirms that Texas is a foreign country to this Midwestern girl, but amusing and worth the listen.

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  • Kath
  • Danvers, MA, United States
  • 08-21-14

A light, entertaining read

This book is one that I would categorize as a beach read. Light, entertaining, and not too taxing on your brain. I enjoyed the narration, except when she attempted a Boston accent. Being from Boston, the accent sounded VERY odd, definitely not a Boston accent.

The story is of a woman who grew up in a wealthy family in Texas but escapes for a career as a divorce lawyer in Boston. She is sucked back home to represent her mother in her divorce proceedings, and is later given the task of running the annual debutante ball. She takes a leave of absense from her job and fiance to complete these tasks.

In the end, the story is about facing your past, especially the past that you ran away from.

I'm not sure the time interval of the entire book - was it a couple of months? 6 months? a year? It was a little difficult to keep track of time.

In the end, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone looking for something that does not involve a lot of thinking.

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Entertaining - easy listening

Nice story line easy to listen to. Read all 3 of Linda Francis Lee's books liked this one the best

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  • Lisa
  • Kalamazoo, MI, United States
  • 01-08-13

Good Southern Fun

I laughed out loud with this book. There were some great twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. I loved this book!

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  • Lee
  • Blue Anchor, NJ, United States
  • 11-24-12

Pleasant distraction while cleaning

This was a very lightweight little story. It was a good way to stay occupied while getting ready for Thanksgiving. That isn't a criticism.

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Not as good as the first

I purchased this book after reading The Devil in the Junior League, which I loved. This book, by comparison was a disappointment. I admit that my expectations were too high. However, Linda Frances Lee dipped a bit in her writing and creativity. Carlisle Wainwright Cushing is a prodigal daughter returned home. After creating a life in New York she comes back to assist her mother through yet another divorce and ends up running the year's debutante ball. While there were moments that were funny and adequately show teenage girls in transition, there was not enough tension or humor. There was just a promise of returning characters from the first book, but it was just that - a promise. That was also disappointing. I think Linda Frances Lee has a good style but didn't utilize it sufficiently in this book. I wouldn't say don't buy it, but I would say it is not nearly as good as the first, so be prepared.

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