Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Last Original Wife

Author: The Last Original Wife
Title: Dorothea Benton Frank
Publisher: Willliam Morrow
Publish Date: April 1, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tour
Book Blurb: 
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

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. But if losing her friends to tanned and toned young Barbie brides isn'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 going to take some time for herself—in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. And she's going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers with her first love on Sullivans Island. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she's always dreamed.

The Last Original Wife is 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.

Review: The Last Original Wife is one of those books that you enjoy, but you aren't quite sure why you enjoy it. It is a light, fluffy beach read.

Leslie is the last of the "first wives" of all her husband's friends who have moved on to younger women, that she calls Barbies.

They are well to do but their marriage in shambles.

Leslie is more likable, but Wes is just a jerk, plain and simple. You couldn't like him at all. It would have been nice if he had at least one trait that would have justified her staying married to him all those years. And while we're talking about characters you have to hate, OMG their children are spoiled grown up brats!

So yeah, Les is a bit of a doormat, who finally tries to find her wings.

You get this story through flashbacks and through the present.

Could I relate to the characters?

No way. It would be nice if I had a husband that was a lawyer and could make gourmet dinners, drive a Benz, or take off for Charleston to visit family at the drop of a hat. I wish I could relate.

Did I like the book?

Yes, actually I did, because it wasn't about pretty big boobed young things that find their prince charming. It is about a women finding herself and finding love along the way.  Oh, and the Barbies did provide for some chuckles, especially at Molly's wedding.

I only wish, in the course of the journey, Wes could have changed a bit. Their children, Charlotte and Bertie did, and at the beginning of the story, you really had to think these two couldn't be redeemed.

Pop this book in your beach bag. It is definitely worth the read.

Rating: 4 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

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