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The Last Original Wife ➸ [Read] ➳ The Last Original Wife By Dorothea Benton Frank ➽ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 bridesIf 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 The Last Epub / 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.


10 thoughts on “The Last Original Wife

  1. Meg Meg says:

    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 G 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 has a housekeeper ONCE A MONTH She has to CLIP COUPONS She doesn t have diamond stud earrings The horror The horror What has she done with her life What has she created or contributed Nothing that I can see She cooks and cleans and gardens Number 3 I know this is Chick Lit, and happy endings are expected, but ugh


  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    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 woul 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 swell with joy, and for the moment it seemed that they were on the right track I hoped so with all my heart because I loved them so dearly They, along with Holly, were my greatest treasures This reads like something a 15 year old might write to describe a second wedding of a wealthy woman, and we d encourage her to beoriginal Readers want something unique, something new, we d say Well, Dorothea Benton Frank doesn t give that to her readers, and, judging by the reviews, the readers don t mind But I do I d love to read what Jennifer Weiner would do with this plot A very disappointing, predictable, trite novel America, raise your standards


  3. Margitte Margitte says:

    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 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 a hospital, unconscious, while Wesley thought his golf game was muchimportant And that s where the sparks,impressive than those of the fireworks on the opening day of the Olympic Games, ignite It s not about revenge It s about principle.Atlanta and Charleston are the two cities where the drama enfolds Some funny, some sad As a summer holiday read this works splendidly A little bit predictable, but fun A feel good read I will read this author again, when I need to celebrate the good things in life and commemorate the lighter side of everything


  4. Margaret Margaret says:

    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 cou 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 names, but I could have gotten past it have been married for 30 years and are telling their side of the story about the disintegration of their marriage From the get go, it is clear that Wesley is, to say it politely, a jerk He is controlling He doles out household money and complains when Leslie needsto run the household He yells if things don t go his way He thinks his wife s 60th birthday is 2 years away, when it is actually coming up within the next week He refuses to allow her gay brother visit their home He uses his wife as an accessory when they go to the club and his main interest never mind the expense is playing golf The title comes from the fact that of the three close couples Leslie and Wesley, Tessa and Paolo, and Danette and Harold , Leslie is the only original wife Tessa passed away and a few months later, Paolo was dating a much younger Barbie Harold announced to Danette on New Year s Eve that he was leaving her for his own much younger Barbie She has nothing in common with the two new girls and Wesley expects her to play nice at the various social functions that bring the couples together.The breaking point comes when Wesley insists that Leslie accompany him and Harold and Cornelia aka Barbie to Scotland for a golf outing While the 4 of them are walking back to their hotel after dinner, Wesley is walking ahead with Harold and Cornelia as if he has forgotten Leslie is even with them Leslie falls over a manhole, breaks her arm, knocks out a couple of teeth and has a head injury It isn t until Wesley gets all the way to the hotel that he realizes Leslie isn t with them Once aware that she has been hospitalized, he is angry that his golf game may be interrupted and sends Cornelia to watch over his wife What a prince So Leslie returns to her birthplace of Charleston, S.C and stays with her brother while she sorts out her feelings Of course, her high school boyfriend moves in and predictably, the romantic feelings are still there after all those years I hate it when that happens.What really ruined the story for me was the shallowness of the characters Of course, Wesley was a jerk and was meant to be, but the dialogue throughout the story annoyed me Lots of Yeah and Sure and talking in questions I know, right I felt like I was actually reading a conversation from a Young Adult novel There just wasn t any real emotion or depth in the conversations that took place.I kept looking at the cover of the book to make sure I was really reading a Dorothea Benton Frank novel I kept plowing through the book to see if it would get better for me I kept waiting to be moved with tears and laughter I kept waiting to see pictures in my head that came from her usual beautiful way with words On every point I was disappointed I was just so glad the book finally came to an end Oh, and the end Yeah Sure It was predictable I know, right


  5. Bren Bren says:

    You could tell a lot about the soul of an organization by the reading material in its waiting area Dorothea Benton Frank, The Last Original WifeLove the quote Did not love the book I liked it at first Leslie was a fun character and interesting to read about The book kind of reminded me of something Olivia Goldsmith would write.Leslie is indeed the last original wife All the hubbys here have traded in their wives for new models I sometimes really enjoy C hick Lit, especially when it You could tell a lot about the soul of an organization by the reading material in its waiting area Dorothea Benton Frank, The Last Original WifeLove the quote Did not love the book I liked it at first Leslie was a fun character and interesting to read about The book kind of reminded me of something Olivia Goldsmith would write.Leslie is indeed the last original wife All the hubbys here have traded in their wives for new models I sometimes really enjoy C hick Lit, especially when it has a trace of snarkiness, which I thought I might get here But it grew old for me first I will explain why but will be including spoilers so for anyone who has not read SPOILERS I was let down by the turn it took Once Leslie leaves or takes a break from Hubby, she rekindles a spark with her ex in South Carolina and they reconnect But the book was primarily about that.So, my main reason for not enjoying it was because what I had thought it was about..was not what it was about.I just got bored with it I am not as much into romance novels as I once was but beyond that, I thought I was getting something a bitedgy and fun and as I said, a little snarky I thought it might follow along the lines of First Wives Club or something Bit no The whole book was mostly about Leslie and new new guy and frankly I just a bit tired of reading about them.The book might be better suited to lovers of contemporary romance Like I said I do read romantic novels on occasion but I wanted a bitmeat in the story and just reading about this couple grated on me


  6. Connie Connie says:

    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.an 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 toge 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.an 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 perfectly these women in their sensible shoes and mothers pearls, having lunch with the garden club girls and meeting their husbands at the club on Saturday night after the hubby has played his 2 rounds of golf with the boys Tradition and manners.what is acceptable and expected Mint juleps all around Mouths dropping and eyebrows raised at the young girl who shows her curves and cusses while downing a shot of tequila Leslie realizes all she has given up to be the perfect wife.the only original wife and we get to come along on her journey to find what really matters to her It is hard to break away from the stereotypes and embrace the present.full of technology, dependent children and plastic Barbies But she does so with style.Southern style that is There is much to be said about the Southern culture, history and traditionand it is sad to see it disappearing This book truly shows how wonderful all that can be This is not a book with an earth shattering message or a particularly new tale..marriages grow stale and break up all over the place, not just in the South Women look to find there own place, not just the one slightly behind their husband But Ms Frank tells this same old story with a lot of spunk and spirit It was just a fun read 3.5 stars


  7. Bettie Bettie says:

    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 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 would have just been stuck with no way to effectuate any changes whatsoever I don t think this is too much of a spoiler I did not know for sure which way the marriage would fall until right at the end And it did honestly make me think about relationships and the role we play in shaping them and establishing the rules by what we tolerate I also spent a lot of time thinking about what makes me truly happy and how this aligns with my marriage End of the day, that s what this book did, it forced me in some ways to look in the mirror And wonder, if I found 22 million in my savings, what would I do


  8. Jami Jami says:

    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 throu 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 their marriage and she takes on lovers.This solution may have been popular in the past when divorce wasn t really an option, but for a book set in 2012 that idea just seemed ludicrous to me Not to mention a little immoral, not that I m the morality police, but geez..Anyway, there s not much meat to the story It s two rich people, told in alternating POV s, who are both kind of shallow and are bored with their marriage.Just a little sidenote, the Barbies seemed like caricatures and Les never misses an opportunity to rail on them about targeting other women s husbands but at the same time Les is idolizing Josephine Pinckney, a Charleston socialite who dated a lot of married men in her day It seemed a little odd to me that if an adulteress is young, she s a she devil, but if she s over 40 it s totally okay.A lot of the Charleston setting just felt like name dropping I didn t get a real feel for the city itself I honeymooned in Charleston and we went back on our 10th anniversary I would have described the private gardens, the battery walk by the ocean, the open air market, the grass basket weaving, etc Frank just drops a bunch of street and restaurant names on us to try and invoke a Charlestonian feel It didn t really work It s like she had a map of Charleston tacked up by her computer and tossed in some names.Les love interest is also a Gary Stu, perfect in every way, and I really had trouble connecting with any of the characters I would have liked a littledepth and either cut out the Josephine Pinckney bit or make her storyline mirror Les indirect ways so we feel like two stories of two different women were unfolding in almost the same way but nearly 70 years apart That would have been ainteresting tale.I thought it was okay I picked it up from the library Glad I didn t buy it I won t be reading anything else by Frank, though


  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    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 favor 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 thing about this book The way the characters phrased things definitely put a smile on my face The audiobook narration is excellent as the southern accent of the reader really added to the cultural aspect of the characters The story itself It was ok for me I could definitely relate to Les s predicament and frustration, but in her role as a wife and mother I have to say she enabled her husband and children s behavior for all these years by never addressing it sooner Yes, better late than never applies here, and her personal happiness is crucial Wives and mothers often place their happiness in second place to those they care for and I admire Dorothea Benton Frank s choice to develop a character who chooses herself first for a changebut the ending still very much surprised me I don t know what ending I expected and I don t disagree with it necessarily but I was surprised If you can appreciate a story about an over fifty woman who refuses to be discarded any longer, then give this book a try My favorite quotelove is a gift, it s a noun but it s also a verb And yet, for all the poets in history and how they throw the word love around like a beach ball, the word love still doesn t cover nearly what we need it to mean Maybe cherish is the better wish for you Yes, cherish each other and be happy


  10. Elizabeth of Silver& Elizabeth of Silver& says:

    Ok all you wonderful ladies who stayed home and took care of a husband and your kids.you 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 mi Ok all you wonderful ladies who stayed home and took care of a husband and your kids.you 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 dollars Yes.22 million.she couldn t believe it.Leslie decided she needed a vacation from Wesley to cool off First from the accident she had in Edinburgh which Wesley was so indifferent about and now all this secret money She knew the best place to go was her brother s in Charleston, their childhood city Leslie foundthan she expected once she arrived.You will love Leslie for how genuine she is, how believable she is, and how brave she is to finally do something to make herself happy And.you definitely will dislike Wesley as well as their two children because of their selfishness and disregard for anyone but themselves.The book has great descriptions both of the characters and the landscapes of the Lowcountry It is a sweet, homey read and will make you think about your family and your relationships in a new light or simply make you happy or unhappy about where you are in your own life It will have you doing some introspection as well as having a good laugh The ending is awesome.I truly enjoyed this book This is the second book of Ms Benton Frank s that I have read, and I am very happy with both of them The content makes me want to read all of her books.I received this book without compensation and free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review


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