Experience the sultry Southern atmosphere of Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry in this funny and poignant tale of one audacious womanA??s quest to find the love she deserves, from New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank.
Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband WesleyA??s wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherishA??A??til death did them partA??for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.
If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasnA??t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake LesA??s world and push her to the edge. SheA??s had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks heA??s doing her a favor by keeping her around. SheA??s not going to waste another minute on people she doesnA??t care to know. Now, sheA??s going to take some time for herselfA??in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brotherA??s stately historic home, sheA??s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along CharlestonA??s live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the LowcountryA??s dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which sheA??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 Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.
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by Dorothea Benton Frank
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by Maxine Clair
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by Donna Franklin
"A sultry musical introduction combined with Robin Miles's soulful voice sets the tone for this novel about a middle-aged Southern woman's search for personal fulfillment. Leslie Anne Greene Carter, of Atlanta, becomes fed up with her husband and children, who see her solely as a nurturer and not in the slightest way as a person--so she takes off for Charleston to find herself. Miles's lively modulations bring out Leslie's frustrations as well as her amusing observations of the gap between traditional family values and modern realities. Miles's gruff timbre, critical tone, and disciplined pacing convey husband Wesley's overbearing nature and lack of awareness of his wife's needs. Though the transitions between the protagonist's inner thoughts and her spoken dialogues occasionally blur, Miles's slightly drawled intonations add considerably to the Southern sensibilities of this charming story. M.F. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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