The Last Original Wife

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Last Original Wife
"Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband's group of cronies. They've all traded in for younger... blonder... more enhanced models. But she is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn't quite there the way it once was. And it would be nicer if her husband paid a bit more attention to her desires but there's something to be said for a comfortable relationship. Or at least she thinks so until one day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she falls into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she's gone. With her eyes finally open to what her perfect life has truly become, Leslie must trust in the healing powers of South Carolina's lush beaches, beautiful sunsets, and feisty residents. The Last Original Wife is a classic tale of friendship and love dipped in the salty waters of a South Carolina summer"-- "Experience the sultry Southern atmosphere of Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry in this funny and poignant tale of one audacious woman's quest to find the love she deserves, from New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank.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--'til 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 by keeping her around. She's not going to waste another minute on people she doesn't care to know. Now, she's going to take some time for herself--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 Sullivans Island. Along Charleston's live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry's dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. 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 Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day"--

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 0062132466
Characteristics: x, 352 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 14, 2015
  • elos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Having reached a time in her life where she feels her family is taking her for granted. the main character Leslie begins an introspective journey that gives us both some funny and touching moments. I really enjoyed this.

Jul 01, 2014

My first Frank book. Couldn't put it down.
This book is about marriage and raising kids then stepping back to find out what this woman accomplished in her family.
This author wrote the things some of us have wanted to say and do.

Jun 20, 2014
  • emcooley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is wonderful! It is a great self-discovery book with a bit of romance and tons of humor. I enjoyed this book greatly.

Jan 03, 2014
  • 3Badbeagles rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I suppose if you are recently divorced and are looking for a book where everything turned out just peachy for the long-maligned wife, this just may be the book for you. But frankly, I thought everything worked out just a little too perfectly for the heroine.

Oct 28, 2013


Sep 04, 2013
  • vi2856 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

really enjoyed this one, she sure was a doormat, but she came through.

Aug 22, 2013
  • lucky38 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book. It moved along at a fast pace. I liked how the chapters changed from wife to husband. This woman was a absolute doormat to her whole family and she finally had enough. It was witty and clever. I have never known a woman who is so completely clueless, but it is just a story! good, lighthearted reading!

Aug 15, 2013

Wonderful read. Sori to see it end.
Author keeps you rivited to the end.

Jul 12, 2013
  • ladydebv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely LOVED this book! Have never read Frank before, but I am a fan! A truly amusing and often funny story about a woman (over 50) realizing her marriage is over and has been for a long time. It is her story of finding herself, leaving her husband and letting everyone know that she is a new woman. she is no longer willing to give herself and her happiness up for everyone else and is ready to enjoy life to its fullest. If you are a woman over 50 and have been divorced, you will truly enjoy this refreshing look at starting over again. I highly recommend it! Tells the amusing story from both the male and the female perspective. Both are very real perspectives and will provide material for laughter. Very entertaining and right on target! One of the most entertaining books that I have read in a LONG time...


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