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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

Summertime means a fun new book from Dorothea Benton Frank!  And this year's selection is a doozy!

The Last Original Wife

About The Last Original Wife

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 11, 2013)

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.

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness - this is one rollicking, rolling story from Dorothea Benton Frank!  I laughed, I sympathized, I rolled my eyes, and I even had a tear or two while I read this fast moving tale!

Dorothea, who I consider to be one of the best Southern fiction authors today, always manages to grip her readers with her storytelling skills that match no other!  She brings the southern elegance to her tales, and then adds a little good ol' fashioned zip and zing to the story as well! 

In "The Last Original Wife," Dorothea touches on an aspect of society today that I would imagine doesn't occur to a lot of people - how many original wife and husband couples, one who still in their first marriages - are there anymore?  (From my personal viewpoint, I'm my husband's first and last wife!) But with divorce rates so high these days, it really makes you stop and think about it - Being an original spouse is rare!  And in this funny story, Dorothea turns what could be a tragedy into a happily-ever-after!

I highly recommend this book as a great summer read!  Grab a cool glass of sweet tea, settle down on the front porch or on the beach and enjoy!

About Dorothea Benton Frank

dorothea benton frankNew York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including Lowcountry Summer and Return to Sullivans Island. She resides in the New York area with her husband.
Find her on the web at www.dotfrank.com, or like her on Facebook.

Dorothea’s Tour Stops

Monday, April 15th: An Unconventional Librarian - Porch Lights
Friday, April 19th: Books in the City – Lowcountry Summer
Monday, April 29th: Paperback Princess – Porch Lights
Tuesday, April 30th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews – Lowcountry Summer
Tuesday, April 30th: Beth Fish Reads - Lowcountry Summer – preview post
Wednesday, May 1st: Alison’s Book Marks - Porch Lights
Sunday, May 5th: BermudaOnion’s Weblog - Porch Lights
Tuesday, May 7th: Book Journey - Return to Sullivan Island
Tuesday, May 7th: The Well-Read Wife – Lowcountry Summer
Wednesday, May 8th: Jenn’s Bookshelves – Porch Lights
Thursday, May 9th: Silver’s Reviews – Porch Lights
Thursday, May 9th: Beth Fish Reads - Lowcountry Summer
Wednesday, May 15th: bookchickdi - Return to Sullivan Island
Friday, May 24th: Alison’s Book Marks - Sullivan’s Island
Tuesday, June 11th: Paperback Princess – The Last Original Wife
Thursday, June 13th: The Well-Read Wife - The Last Original Wife
Monday, June 17th: An Unconventional Librarian – The Last Original Wife
Tuesday, June 18th: Silver’s Reviews – The Last Original Wife
Wednesday, June 19th: Books in the City – The Last Original Wife
Thursday, June 20th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews – The Last Original Wife
Monday, June 24th: bookchickdi – The Last Original Wife
Wednesday, June 26th: Alison’s Book Marks – The Last Original Wife
Thursday, June 27th: Jenn’s Bookshelves – The Last Original Wife
Date TBD: BermudaOnion’s Weblog – The Last Original Wife
Date TBD: Booking Mama – Porch Lights
Date TBD: Booking Mama – The Last Original Wife
Date TBD: Alison’s Book Marks - Lowcountry Summer
Date TBD: Beth Fish Reads - The Last Original Wife
Date TBD: Book Journey - The Last Original Wife

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour, and to Harper Collins for the review copy of the book!  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

This sounds like a fabulously fun read - I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Using an audible credit for this. Loved your review, Sharon!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thanks Heather - I saw the FB post - I appreciate it!

Mary, I think you'll love this one! and thank you for your kind remarks!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I just skimmed your review as I am still listening to this on audio but I am so enjoying it ;)