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The Last Original Wife: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

29 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

When a woman falls and spends 45 minutes in an empty catch basin

When a woman falls and spends 45 minutes in an empty catch basin on a trip to Scotland, you know that things are not going to well in her life. Leslie Carter has seen her friends get cast off by their husbands for wife 2.0 until she feels like she is the LAST original w...
When a woman falls and spends 45 minutes in an empty catch basin on a trip to Scotland, you know that things are not going to well in her life. Leslie Carter has seen her friends get cast off by their husbands for wife 2.0 until she feels like she is the LAST original wife. She has had to put up with dinners and events with these younger women and then finds herself on vacation with the replacement wife for her best friend. Her husband, Wesley has dreamt all of his life about golfing at St. Andrews and off the foursome goes to Scotland. When Les has her accident, the rest of the group keeps walking back to the hotel and doesn’t even realize she is missing. After she is located, Wes leaves her at the hospital so he doesn’t miss his tee time.
Back home, Les realizes that her life has not turned out to be what she expected it to be. Yes, she is still married but it’s a marriage by rote not of passion or caring. Her two adult children are irresponsible and users. Wes is a controlling guy and has no appreciation for what Les has done for him over the years. She discovers that financially they are in a much better situation than she was aware of and this is the impetus for her to take a trip to Charleston to visit her brother. Les has time to think and really assess what her life means and what she really wants to do with her future.
So many books lately feature the discarded wife being screwed by her cheating ex and having to rebuild her life on nothing but pluck. Then she gets financial revenge and a new man and everything is great. I love a good revenge plot as well as the next person, (Note: Pawley’s Island by this author is one of the absolute best of that genre) but this book is different. Les decides to take a break from her marriage after a period of reflection and increased self-awareness. She does meet up with an old flame but that is not the answer to her problems. Les needs to see what it is about herself that put her in the position she is presently in. How did she become ok with settling for less than she deserved? Why does she let other people make her feel that her wants and needs are less important than her husband’s and children’s? Is fear of what your life will be without your marriage a good enough reason to stay?
Wes is not really a bad guy, just self-absorbed and oblivious. When the couple goes to counseling, the real difference between them is highlighted. Les wants to find out if this marriage can be saved and Wes just wants his old life back with no changes on his end.
There is an interesting side story about a woman writer from earlier times in Charleston in whose story Les becomes interested. The descriptions of the “Barbie” wives are funny and pathetic at the same time. One of Ms. Frank’s skills is how she defines her characters and integrates the Southern mystique into her books. I thought that this book was a little less South-centric than some of her other books. That said, I enjoyed reading this book but I expected no less from one of my favorite authors.


posted by SharonRedfern on June 11, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Easy beach read

I had trouble adjusting to the author's style at first. It didn't take me long after to get immersed in the plot. Fun, light read.Found myself grinning or laughing out loud. Only gave it 3 stars because of the unrealistic, fairytale ending. Overall, good book.

posted by Anonymous on June 25, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    I have read all of Dorothea's novels and always have been so exc

    I have read all of Dorothea's novels and always have been so excited when a new one is published. This disjointed effort was such a disappointment. I guess she was tired of her delightful formula that had worked such magic in the past. I will preview more carefully her next novel before I buy it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Redundant

    I used to thoroughly enjoy reading this author's works. I am now finding them to be redundant in plot and characters. I found this last book very disappointing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2015

    I wanted to likeit, but I just didn't.I actually enjoyed the hus

    I wanted to likeit, but I just didn't.I actually enjoyed the husbands part of the story so much more. Once Les went to her hometown, and partook in certain actions with someone from her past,  I stopped feeling any sympath for her. However bad a marriage is, you never enter into an emotional or physical until the divorce ink is dry. I am not a fan of creating a bad guy to justify jumping from one relationship to nother and tgats exactly what this author did. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2015

    Stale chick fict twinkie empty calories

    same old same old might have been better as a farce

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    An OK book

    I enjoyed "The Last Original Wife", but it was not my favorite of Dorothea Benton Frank.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Live oak

    I read so many books that are considerd as Southern Gothic and The Sassy South.One thing that always struck me as odd is the desription in almost 9 out of 10 books is the usage of "live oak"Does that mean opposed to dead oak?Please tell me that I'm not the only one that wonders why it is put that way!Is it a southern exspression or what?I know-get a life as they would say.I just read it a few minutes ago again and I thought what the heck-what do I have to lose?It's not like I'm not losing sleep over it.Any ideas would sure be appreciated though. Granny B. P.S
    Is this book worth the cost?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    I wanted to like this book. It was well written in an engaging

    I wanted to like this book. It was well written in an engaging style. But, in the end I just felt like there was a lot of man bashing and women whining about their lives (despite the fact that they were seemingly loaded and had basically no financial worries). I kept reading because I was hoping for a lesson or a satisfying ending, but, sadly, the lesson seems to be men are bad and women are horrible martyrs who should be able to walk away whenever they've had too much. Ugh. Next book please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    I wouldn't recommend this book.

    I didn't love it. I thought the ending was good, but I didn't like the story line. I loved another book that she wrote, "Sullivan's Island", but this did not even come close.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Meh....  I enjoyed the historical aspects of Charleston, but fou

    Meh....  I enjoyed the historical aspects of Charleston, but found the book too boring & predictable, even for an easy summer read.  Probably wont pick up any more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Loved this book!! Kept my attention, could not put down. Great book for middle age and older. It was recommended to me by a friend who said, "You have to read this book!!"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    I loved it .......... it gave me hope .

    I have read several of her books . I like her writing .
    But this book hit home .
    Keep it up Dorothea .
    Thank you cj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Not that great

    Wouldn't recommend.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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