The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
A Novel

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16 Critic Reviews

...The Last Original Wife mixes the captivating history and distinctiveness of the South Carolina Low Country with a story about existential contemplation in a pleasant and readable fashion.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.

 

About Dorothea Benton Frank

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New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by William Morrow. 513 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on Jun 11 2013

...The Last Original Wife mixes the captivating history and distinctiveness of the South Carolina Low Country with a story about existential contemplation in a pleasant and readable fashion.

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Reviewed by Amie Taylor on Jun 14 2013

THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE is the battle cry of wives everywhere who feel taken for granted by their husbands and children. Almost any woman, particularly those who have spent their lives as housewives...can find snippets to identify with here.

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Reviewed by Jacqueline Cutler on Jun 23 2013

What could be a dreary book...is, instead, one of discovery. Like so many couples, when they know their relationship is over, Les and Wes try marriage counseling...

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Reviewed by Ben Steelman: on Jul 20 2013

"The Last Original Wife" eventually takes the off-ramp into Romantic Fantasyland. Before it goes there, though, Frank gives Les some choice lines about the status of women who never took the career path, who found themselves dependent on husbands who took them for granted...

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Reviewed by Julie P. on Jun 20 2013

Probably one of the best things I can say about the story is that it made me laugh. Ms. Frank has a wonderful sense of humor and it was apparent throughout this novel...I loved the heartwarming messages about self-esteem, acceptance, and second chances...I have a feeling that this book will definitely resonate with middle-aged (and older) women

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Reviewed by Jenn on Jun 27 2013

Told in chapters alternating between Leslie and Wesley’s points of view, the intent of The Last Original Wife is to be a story of love, friendship, and self-discovery. I’ve been a long-time fan of this author’s work, relishing in the sweet southern setting. Unfortunately, I didn’t have quite the same reaction to this novel.

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Book Journey

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Reviewed by Sheila on Jun 28 2013

Oh how can I even describe how much I enjoyed this book? Told in alternating chapters between Leslie and Wesley (yes the matchy matchy names bothered me at first) you as the reader get a first hand look at what is happening through each of their eyes and opinions.

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Reviewed by Beth F on Jun 18 2013

I love the combination of light, fun reading mixed with enough issues to make me think. I also like books that star smart, strong, slightly older women who are still looking to the future...No matter your age or marital situation, be sure to put a copy of Dorothea Benton Frank's The Last Original Wife in your beach bag this summer.

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Reviewed by Kathy on Jun 27 2013

Even though The Last Original Wife, by Dorothea Benton Frank, touches on some serious subjects it’s not too heavy. Frank writes with her usual charm and humor and keeps the story from becoming too dark...If you’re looking for a beach read with a little depth to it, you’ll want to grab a copy of The Last Original Wife!

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Reviewed by Christina on Aug 07 2014

Essentially, The Last Original Wife isn't a book about revenge or escaping a bad marriage. Yes, there are some moments where those two factors come into play, but this book is more about finding out what a person wants from her life and realizing that it is never too late to follow your dreams.

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Bookfan

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Reviewed by Mary on Aug 08 2013

I laughed a lot but Dorothea Benton Frank addressed some serious issues as well. I can’t say I related to Les and Wes’s marriage problems but I’m about the same age as Les and think that’s what made me like her all the more! It’s the first of Frank’s books I’ve read so I’m happy to see she has a nice back list.

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Reviewed by Sharon Galligar Chance on Jun 20 2013

Oh my goodness - this is one rollicking, rolling story from Dorothea Benton Frank! I laughed, I sympathized, I rolled my eyes, and I even had a tear or two while I read this fast moving tale...I highly recommend this book as a great summer read!

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Reviewed by Alison Skap on Jun 26 2013

Told in alternating points of view, readers get a good look inside both Les and Wes. Trust me when I tell you, Wes is one of those characters you love to hate...Ms. Frank has a way with words, delivering some of the sauciest banter I've ever read...

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Reviewed by Heart2Heart on Jun 29 2013

This is truly one to savor and spend your time enjoying in a wonderful place this summer. The story is unforgettable and I truly hope this one finds its way to the big screen. Women would LOVE it... Hands down I LOVED this one and feel it is truly worthy of a full 5 out of 5 stars.

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The Literary Life of the Well-Read Wife

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Reviewed by MANDYBOLES on Jun 13 2013

The Last Original Wife is the perfect book to add to your beach bag or airport carry-on this summer! Many thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me in their Dorothea Benton Frank read along this summer. It’s been a lot of fun!

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Reviewed by Diane on Jun 24 2013

The Last Original Wife is the beach read for boomers this summer. I think most women who read it will be able to identify with some part of Les's story...I like that it is not just a light read with a lot of humor (Les' one-liners crack me up); it has a lot of depth to it and it is surprisingly moving for a summer book.

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