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Publisher's Summary

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 - till 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 keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - 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 Sullivan's Island. 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 low country breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.
©2013 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Judith D. Collins on 06-24-13

Full of Sass and Southern Humor - Loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! I just finished the audio The Last Original Wife and loved it! I started reading the book; however, switched to the audio as it was so funny and full of southern humor – I did not want to miss a thing!She is such a wonderful storyteller – she puts you in the mood and adore her detailed descriptions of the settings (when you are from the south the food, design, and style matters )– as they love to entertain! If you are over the age of 50 you will enjoy this book and highly recommend! Having worked in the Charleston area and lived in Atlanta – loved hearing about all the great restaurants and this book makes you want to return to the Low Country as soon as possible. The characters were so engaging -- loved the way she used the first person sarcastic phrases from Les and Wes (awesome)! The narrator did an excellent job capturing the southern dialogue, as well and fell in love with the gay brother (would love to see a movie of this book).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Les was my favorite as she grew in the book and loved her sass and spirit (glad to see her finally enjoying life)! I also loved her gay brother - his style as well as Jonathan as he was good for Les.

Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

The same - Les as Robin did an excellent job with the Charleston Low Country dialect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she went home to care for her husband but held strong and did not get sucked back into the old life. Glad she was able to travel and enjoy her life in the end and maintain her dignity.

Any additional comments?

Great book!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Millicent on 06-17-13

Accent was hard to take.

What disappointed you about The Last Original Wife?

The story was tolerable but the accent was difficult to listen to - really over the top.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Someone else narrating would have been helpful.

What didn’t you like about Robin Miles’s performance?

Really not a good job with the southern accent. I live in the south and it was really hard to listen to. My husband was raised in Virginia and he commented about the bad accent as he passed by and heard a portion of the story.

What character would you cut from The Last Original Wife?

I thought all the charachters belonged in the story.

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