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Review: The Last Original Wife

June 27, 2013

The Last Original Wife

Wesley and Leslie have been married for years, but Les isn’t really all that happy.  Wes is stingy and when Les was injured on a recent trip, he played golf instead of checking on her at the hospital.   As the other men in their social circle become divorced or widowed, they marry younger, trophy wives, leaving Les to be the last original wife.  When the two new wives get in a cat fight at the country club, Wes blames Les and she decides she’s had enough.  She heads to Charleston to visit her brother while she decides how she wants to spend the rest of her life.

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.  Although my life is totally different from Les’s, I could relate to her because I have a friend who’s been through something similar and I suspect many other women can as well.

The point of view alternates between the two and I have to admit that I wasn’t too fond of Wes and I hoped Les would exact revenge.  I rooted for her and urged her to make the right decision.  I loved watching her grow and discover what made her happy.  Things didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted but I was satisfied with the ending.

I thoroughly enjoyed the settings in this book.  Frank makes Charleston and Atlanta come alive and had me itching to visit Charleston by the time I finished the book.

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!  Be sure to enter my giveaway for an autographed copy.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


29 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2013 4:11 am

    Sounds good. I love Charleston, too.

  2. June 27, 2013 6:22 am

    Wes and Les? I think that might get to me!

  3. June 27, 2013 6:29 am

    I always enjoy the settings of her books, the Wes and Les do bug me a bit…LOL

  4. June 27, 2013 7:02 am

    Oh, charm, humour, well drawn setting, meaty issues. Sounds like the cover doesn’t lie – this would make a great summer read for me. 🙂 Lovely review! Thanks for avoiding spoilers. 🙂

  5. Beth F permalink
    June 27, 2013 7:51 am

    I agree about Wes! He was such a jerk, but it sure was fun to learn his inner thoughts and watch him realize how much Les did for him.

  6. June 27, 2013 8:09 am

    Nice review.

  7. June 27, 2013 8:58 am

    Can’t wait to read it! Or listen 🙂

  8. June 27, 2013 9:14 am

    I’ve not read this author but she is going on my list. Thank you for this review.

  9. June 27, 2013 10:52 am

    Excellent review! This sounds very good, Kathy! Thank you for hosting a giveaway. 🙂

  10. bookingmama permalink
    June 27, 2013 12:06 pm

    I think I enjoyed this one because Ms. Frank was so excited about it. She’s a fantastic storyteller.

  11. June 27, 2013 1:07 pm

    I love books set in the South. I think I will have to check this one out!

  12. June 27, 2013 3:03 pm

    I am looking forward to reading this one!

  13. Patty permalink
    June 27, 2013 4:40 pm

    I loved it, too!

  14. June 27, 2013 6:26 pm

    This one sounds very entertaining. Glad to hear that you were satisfied with the ending even if it was not exactly what you wanted to happen.

  15. June 27, 2013 6:40 pm

    I have been wanting to read this one…I haven’t yet read this author, and I think this would be a good one to grab…thanks for the great review!

  16. June 27, 2013 8:04 pm

    This looks great, but I really want that hat on the cover!

  17. June 27, 2013 8:07 pm

    where did my comment go?

  18. June 27, 2013 8:17 pm

    The Last Original Wife sounds like a good read, especially if the author keeps it from getting too dark and heavy.

  19. June 27, 2013 9:00 pm

    Sounds good.

  20. June 27, 2013 9:14 pm

    I like my beach reads shallow, but I’ll take deep. Added to my TBR pile.

  21. June 27, 2013 9:38 pm

    The last time I read a book from this author, I didn’t finish it. This storyline doesn’t grab me either, so I’m skipping this one.

  22. June 28, 2013 7:15 am

    agree I would love the setting. now as to the actual story…hmmmm.

  23. June 28, 2013 10:47 am

    Wes sounds like a real creep! I’m glad you enjoyed Les’ story and that you were satisfied with the ending.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  24. booksnyc permalink
    June 28, 2013 4:21 pm

    great review! I didn’t love Wes’s chapters either but I did like to see that he at least exercised some common sense when talking to the young 2nd wives of his friends.

  25. June 30, 2013 4:22 am

    HA! It’d be fun to see if the author could do an alternate ending where Les exacts her revenge. I like that idea. 🙂

  26. June 30, 2013 12:23 pm

    This is another good vacation book to read. I love all of Dorthea’s books. I love hearing about all the latest books from you!!

  27. July 1, 2013 1:52 pm

    This sounds like a great summer read. I’ve been wanting to give this author a try.

  28. Jennifer permalink
    July 2, 2013 11:42 am

    I have been seeing this one around a lot. I’m glad that you enjoye it. It really does sound like a fun summer read — and one with a moral which I like even more!

  29. July 14, 2013 11:32 pm

    This sounds good. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by this author 😦

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