The Last Original Wife - Dorothea Benton Frank

The Last Original Wife

By Dorothea Benton Frank

  • Release Date: 2013-06-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 680 Ratings


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.


  • Worst book

    By louise reads
    This book was contrived, written without substance or character depth. Maybe it’s just a genre that I don’t like.
  • Zero for Three

    By Redddoggin
    Well this is the third DBF book I read this summer and all three were equally disappointing. At the beginning of this book I was optimistic, as the story seemed interesting and I thought it would be a good read. Very quickly after I purchased did I realize I was wrong. It devolved into a trite and predictable, almost farcical commentary on a failed marriage. I can’t say more without additional spoilers bet suffice it to say that, in my opinion, Mrs. Frank phoned this one in. I have read all of her books and I fear this will be the last.
  • Stale Bread!

    By Mac-Chick
    I'm disappointed as I had read so many great reviews about this author's other books. This was my first and next time I won't buy her book and instead will go to the library. No imagination in this book whatsoever. And it was not inspiring as I had hoped. Instead, very predictable. He said, she said and a plot that is so overdone. I really wish I could get my money back.
  • The Lat Original Wife

    By HarperE's gramma
    Loved this one! Of course, I've loved all of Dorthea's books and can't wait to read more! Our son is a Firefighter in Charleston and he's taken us to several of the places in her books. Just went to Poe's yesterday! We live in Upstate New York, but try to go to Summerville (20 minutes from Charleston) to visit him often, especially when our Winter weather chases us away to the area! Thank you for such good reading!
  • The Last Original Wife

    By Syzmanski
    I think this was on the NYT's best seller list. It is one of the worst books I've ever started to read. It is pure trash and horrible writing. Do not buy!!!
  • A little offensive

    By DaniVee
    A warning to any woman in her thirties who happens to be married to a divorcee. Talk about cruel stereotyping. A little more balance and a little less black and white perspective would be nice.
  • Slightly disappointing

    By Jazzu1
    Was a quick and light read but not worth the full price I paid for it!

    By Bebe47105
    Best book by Dorthea Frank & I have read them all & loved them all, but I really enjoyed this story the most. Thank You
  • Great Summer Book

    By Minalady
    What a great book! It's hard to find a book that makes you laugh while you are reading it and to be able to relate some how with some characters at some point in your life. I'm recommending it to all my friends.
  • The last original wife

    By Pbstat
    Very predictable, characters are typical stereotypes. Not worth the time or money.