Genres: Beach Read, Women's Fiction
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
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 brides.
If 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 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.
My Review Of
The Last Original Wife
I originally read this book but recently had the pleasure of listening to this southern gem of a book. The narrator did a wonderful job and I literally felt as if Ms. Dorothea Benton Frank was sitting right beside me reading this tale.
Every woman who has ever had to live on a very tight budget and has had to deal with a stingy tightwad, bully of a husband will love this book.
Leslie Carter spent most of her life catering to her now self-centered grown children and bossy demanding husband Wes, oh how I could not stand Wes, even the sound of his voice put me on edge.
When Leslie comes across a bank statement that Wes has kept hidden from her for years, that gives a balance of over 20 million, yes 20 million dollars, Leslie hits the road. What follows is a trip to Charleston to stay with her brother who Wes never allowed Leslie to really involve in their lives because Wes does not approve of him. Well Leslie has a blast spending some money and rediscovering an old flame while the detested Wes is popping blood vessels and yelling at Leslie to come back to her duties.
I so enjoyed Leslie’s rebellion and the classy way that she went about out maneuvering Wes and his selfish demands. What I especially loved about this book is the way that Leslie finds her voice and who she once was before she became just Les and Wes. Along the way Leslie discovers that Charleston has it’s own ghosts and secrets. As Leslie researches a certain lady of wealth that used to own her brother’s historic townhouse she learns how to deal with her own independence from marriage and the demands she once thought were her duty.
This was such a nicely written story of how Leslie becomes free and independent on her own terms.
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