The Last Original Wife (Paperback)

A Novel

By Dorothea Benton Frank

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062132475, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/10/2013)
Mass Market (11/27/2018)
CD-Audio (4/1/2014)
Paperback, Large Print (7/2/2013)
Hardcover (6/11/2013)

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Experience the sultry Southern atmosphere of Atlanta and the magic of the Carolina Lowcountry in this funny and poignant tale of one audacious woman’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 Wesley’s wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children 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 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 by keeping her around. She’s not going to waste another minute on people she doesn’t care to know. 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 stately historic home, she’s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charleston’s live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry’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 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 Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.

About the Author

Dorothea “Dottie” Benton Frank was the bestselling author of twenty novels. She and her daughter, Victoria Benton Frank, wrote this story together after Victoria’s son, Teddy, was born. Over many mugs of coffee, they decided to tell a scrumptious tale that reflected their love for unique kids, awesome friends, and big appetites for good food. Victoria now resides in the Low Country of South Carolina, her mother’s beloved hometown, with her husband and two children and one huge dog. She misses her mother every moment but is absolutely thrilled to bring this treasure they created together to the laps of many readers and their children and grandchildren. She hopes it will remind you to be yourself, have the courage to try new things, and always remember to pack a little extra to share with friends.