Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

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Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband's group of cronies. They've all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish 'til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn't quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn't be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there's something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she's gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie's eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina's lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.



A story with southern charm and the tone and cadence we have come to adore and count on by Dorothea Benton Frank THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE is a story about marriage and how we come to define ourselves through the the scope of that relationship, but how it also needs to be cherished and taken care of and when it is not choices need to be made.  More importantly it is about finding yourself and where you fit in the world despite the definitions and roles.  To bust out on your own and find what truly makes you happy!!! This read was a fun story about how it is never to late to find ones correct path and to make ones life an adventure and not a chore!!!!  4 stars


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