The Last Original Wife

The Last Original Wife Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley s successful Atlanta social set His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children who they promised to love and

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley s successful Atlanta social set His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children who 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 hLeslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley s successful Atlanta social set His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children who 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 has shaken Les up and she s had enough of playing the good wife 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 historic home, she will reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island Along Charleston s cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry s dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter 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.

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  1. Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of ten novels.Dottie has appeared on NBC s Today Show, Parker Ladd s Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library organizations and the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation She has also been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Book Festival, Novello, North Carolina s festival of books and the Book and Author annual event in Charleston, SC, sponsored by the Post Courier.Before she began her writing career, Dottie was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various non profits in New Jersey and New York.Dottie, who was born and raised on Sullivan s Island in South Carolina, currently divides her time between South Carolina and New Jersey.

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  1. Wesley and Lesley s marriage is in trouble He is married to golf He has his high profile job as a sidekick, and his devoted wife of thirty plus years, with two spoiled grown up kids, as an afterthought Basically in that order.But when Wesley visits Scotland to play golf, with his best friend Harold, and the latter s brand new trophee wife,Cornelia, and lose Lesley for a moment, to a manhole in the street, fuel is splashed on a smoldering fire in Lesley s soul Lesley had it, when she is taken to [...]

  2. So Advertised as a perfect beach book, LOW has potential, but then the writing style begins to make itself known constant, trite, unvarying obviousness Take this excerpt We would toast each other with champagne and feast on oysters and roasted guinea fowl in the private room at Magnolias and cut a small cake with a bride and groom on its top and make small talk throughout the afternoon while my mind traveled the years When I thought about the individual births of my children, my chest would swel [...]

  3. I love Frank s books about the South Carolina island country Her stories move me to tears and to laughter and her words paint beautiful pictures of the island life in the south I knew that The Last Original Wife was going to be a deviation from her usual Sullivan Island or Folly Beach books, but hey, it was Dorothea Benton Frank, so I was excited to read her newest book I was so disappointed.The story begins in a promising and unique way Leslie and Wesley I really didn t like the cutesy couple n [...]

  4. Number 1 the math in this book is off If Leslie dropped out of college to get married because she was pregnant, and is almost 60, then her oldest child would be in his late 30 s I kept thinking DO THE MATH Her two children are in their mid to late 20s, so either Leslie is pushing 50 or the kids are middle aged losers.Number 2 I didn t LIKE Leslie She says I m smart and funny and I deserve happiness But she has been IMHO just a Lady Who Lunches Oh poor baby, she drives a car WITH NO GPS She only [...]

  5. Witty and full of Southern sass Several reviews have commented that this is not up to the usual standard of Ms.Benton Frank Having not read her before I took it for what it was entertaining look at marriage, aging and life itself in the dying era of the old south.Being a GRIT girl raised in the south myself, I laughed out loud at some of the spot on descriptions in this novel Old, cultured and genteel south meets the new southern style Two warring generations trying to live together I pictured p [...]

  6. Immediately after I finished this book quick 2 day read I loved it It made me think But now after the better part of a week it left me depressed It was too cleanly tied with a bow to allow choices most people in the same situation would never have The writing style is entertaining and witty I find it interesting that no other reviews have focused on this point about the timing of discovery If she had never discovered the money, would there have even been a book here I guess not, because she woul [...]

  7. 3 stars It was good.I almost DNF d this one in the very first chapter, thinking it would continue to be melodramatic and ridiculous, but I stuck with it and soon found myself laughing out loud and enjoying the southern snark I do however feel the author is VERY out of touch with women in their early 30 s The ladies described in the book seem much like older teens or very young adults and their shenanigans aren t even close to realistic Fortunately, that doesn t take away from the entertainment [...]

  8. If you don t have something nice to say, don t say anything at allOr so the saying goes but I definitely feel the need to rant about this piece of fantasy Since the book s protagonist is a woman my age, I hoped for a character of depth and wisdom, even though I knew this would be light chic lit Little did I know I would be spending the bulk of this read with someone who gets kicks from shopping therapy and complains that her children are not living up to her standards Bleck The thing that really [...]

  9. I wanted to love this book but it was just okay The lead character, Les, was absolutely a Mary Sue who can do no wrong spoiler Even when she s married and sleeping with another man she s still painted as the perfect genteel southern lady And the fact that her original solution to her marriage problem is to move to Charleston while her husband lives in Atlanta and they will remain married for the rest of their days, with the husband, Wes, boinking the occasional hooker as he has done throughout t [...]

  10. The Last Original Wife is a standalone novel written by author Dorothea Benton Frank The main character Leslie Les is fed up with her husband and adult children taking her for granted After watching her husband s friends move on to women half their age, she wonders if this is her fate too Some events and realizations occur in this story that escalate Les s unhappiness, and she finally does something about it The deep southern aspect of this novel adds humor and charm, and that was my favorite th [...]

  11. I love a story with a sassy southern female character This story takes place in both Charleston and Atlanta This made me want to take a drive further down south I loved Les and her ability to realize she deserved happiness as much as her family Favorite Quote It was like an episode of the Young and the Restless combined with the Old and the Determined.

  12. Ok all you wonderful ladies who stayed home and took care of a husband and your will love this book It is simply delightful, just like the author whom I had the pleasure of meeting.Leslie Carter was a stay at home wife mother who pinched pennies all her life and was starting to wonder why she did She was tired of being unappreciated and taken for granted especially when she accidentally found a bank statement her husband, Wesley, never allowed her to see that had a balance of 22 million [...]

  13. Loved this book, and gave it my highest rating because it entertained me, made me laugh out loud and gave me quotable passages that rang perfectly true This is her best novel since her first I ve liked them all, but this one has a terrific storyline and it rings true that many of a certain age can embrace.Terrific read for the beach I m traveling to Charleston in two weeks, and I will be looking for these restaurants and Josephine Pickney

  14. Disappointing The protagonist is an almost sixty year old woman who has been married thirty years, having dropped out of college to marry in a pregnant rush Which would make her fifty, not sixty Mathematical errors aside, the characters behaved in completely unbelievable ways and spoke unconvincingly too The husband was too much of a shit without any redeeming qualities which would have made her stay married The kids were awful, the plot ridiculous Plus the author threw in a few random ghost tri [...]

  15. Chick lit for the mature reader is the best way I can think of to describe this book If you are late 40s and beyond , married for 15 years, and enjoy stories of romance set in the south Atlanta and Charleston this book would probably be worth your time in reading Dorothea Benton Frank tells the story of Leslie and Weston Les and Wes and their struggles after 30 years of marriage In their circle of friends, Les remains the last original wife as their closest two couple friends have started in on [...]

  16. Ovaj roman govori o braku i bra nim problemima, ali dodaju i toj ozbiljnoj temi i malu dozu humora Trend odbacivanja starih i dotrajalih supruga za mla e i novije modele koji prakticiraju Wesleyevi prijatelji ovdje je okida koji usmjeri Leslienu pa nju na probleme u njenom braku koji su zapravo oduvijek bili ondje, samo sve do sada nije o njima razmi ljala niti im dopu tala da joj do u u fokus, nego ih je ostavljala da plutaju negdje sa strane, kao da bi, ako na njih ne obra a pa nju dovoljno du [...]

  17. After thirty years of marriage to Wesley, Leslie Carter has reached an epiphany Is she the only original wife in their social set When she looks around, she sees the changing landscape of marriage for those she knowsd must take another look at her life The Last Original Wife A Novel is the story of her journey.Does she want to keep waiting on a husband who doesn t appreciate or love her in the way she needs What does her life mean when it s all about Wes and his needs What about hers And is she [...]

  18. This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever read in a very long life of reading books Allow me to save you the trouble Characters Long suffering Southern wife who has never had a job, deplorable yet wildly successful homophobic borderline alcoholic husband, lazy manipulative borderline alcoholic daughter, son who is described only by his dreadlocks and odor, slutty new young wives of deplorable husband s deplorable friends, Martha the non English speaking housekeeper, Jose the psychic w [...]

  19. The Last Original Wifeby Dorothea Benton FrankMy in a nutshell summaryWes and Les are married but not too happily After putting up with his outrageous ways for 30 yearsLes leaves Yeah, Les My thoughts after readingI have not read one of Dottie s books in a while but I truly think she outdid herself with this one s filled with quick wit and tons of fun snarky sarcasm I loved Lese was the good wife for long enough Her revolt against her husband was divine I loved the way she ran off to her gay bro [...]

  20. Right from the start of the audio book I was annoyed by two things the narrator s voice and affected Southern drawl, and the married couple named Wes and Les I really hate the matchy matchiness of names in books when there s just no reason for it It was almost as nauseating as the time I read an otherwise pleasant debut novel with a couple named Jack and Jill That marriage was doomed too The characters are what is really wrong with this book They are boring, shallow and unlikeable Don t even get [...]

  21. Well, look at the cover Does this scream beach read Yes, to the point that I wanted to make a plain brown cover out of a grocery bag and cover it when other people were around I was hoping it would sustain its position on the New York Times Best Seller List so that I would be vindicated, but at last check it was gone, gone, gone from the list And now I have gone and outed myself as a book snob While many books on the subject of the dissolution of a marriage are tossing and turning with drama, de [...]

  22. Soon to be 60 year old Leslie Anne looks around one evening at the Country Club and notes that she is the last original wife at the table, her husband s Wes affluent friends having moved on to new trophy wives She misses her old friends, most of whom, like her, have spent their lives putting everyone else first while raising their families, and after a few events involving her husband and her ungrateful adult children , decides to make some big changes in her life Sometimes a book should just be [...]

  23. I thoroughly enjoyed this book I loved how Lesley reassessed her life and realised she was being taken for granted I love that she chose to be happy and to make the choice for a life enjoyed I loved her little bit of revenge but mostly her common sense and forgiveness Both powerful and funny Must read of DBF.

  24. I ve been reading listening Dorothea Benton Frank s LowCountry tales and thinking I could love living in the South Her writing style is friendly and engaging Although being older and not a Southerner I could relate to the protagonist and her generation I recommend it to anyone as a light fluffy read with some hilarious events and memorable characters.

  25. One look at the cover of Dorothea Benton Frank s The Last Original Wife, with a woman lounging on the sand near the ocean, wearing a stylish red sun hat, and you know right away this is a book that will be accompanying you to the beach.Les is the title character, a middle aged wife and mother of two adult children, doting grandmother to sweet little Holly Married to Wes, a driven businessman, they dine at the exclusive country club each Saturday with their group of friends.But that group is chan [...]

  26. The latest book from Dot Frank is pretty darn good Love all her stories from the Lowcountry, South Carolina I always want to take a road trip when I wrap one of her little gems up Frank s books always take place in the Lowcountry, from Sullivan s Island to Pawleys Island Last Original Wife starts out in Atlanta but quickly moves to Charleston The book also contains some literary tidbits on Josephine Pinckney The main character flees to Charleston to stay with her brother, who happens to own the [...]

  27. won t allow me to give this less than one star, so one star it is Frank must have paid a lot of people off to get the average rating of this book above 3.5 stars.First, Frank is in desperate need of a lesson in the difference between a question mark and a period, because she mixes them up constantly throughout the book Ballistic on the level of a Chinese New Year s firework display In Bejing At the Olympics Sorry Frank, but none of those are questions Wouldn t it be annoying if I wrote the rest [...]

  28. I ll preface this review by saying that I am a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank I ve read almost everything she s written and enjoyed much of it As a result, I was very much looking forward to this book.Unfortunately, The Last Original Wife just did not live up to my expectations It was fine, it was ok, it was decently written But, at the end of the day, I just did not enjoy it and it took effort from me to finish it The Last Original Wife is the story of Les, middle aged mother of two adult childre [...]

  29. This book is charming and has some really funny moments The setting in Charleston is fun to read, and the bits of information about Josephine Pinckney are interesting More of these elements would be welcome The characters are to some degree caricatures, and the action is a bit predictable Everything is resolved just too neatly for real life Nonetheless, the book is a page turner and enjoyable to read I wouldn t want it as a steady diet.

  30. More reviews available on my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.The cover of this book had me dreaming of tropical locations and days on the beach I d hoped it would read something like Barbara Delinsky s Sweet Salt Air, which was a drama I rather liked But it didn t And I didn t like it We re presented with two narrators, Les and Wes Les is unhappy in her marriage, for a lot of reasons, most of them having to do with Wes Wes friends have all recently gotten divorced and remarried or, in one case, wi [...]

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