Book Review: The Last Original Wife


Author: Dorothea Benton Frank

Pages: 373

Publisher: William Morrow

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Synopsis (From Amazon)

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.


The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank is a novel that I recommend every woman read. I listened to this book as a audiobook and I’m glad that I did. The narrators really captured the southern spirit of the characters. The language has a poetic quality to it that is genuine. The Southern aspect of this novel is authentic.

The main character has a southern drawl that is comical. Throughout the book Les starts to realize her worth and the value in who she is. This is something that I think every woman should have. Wes, the husband realizes all that she contributes to the marriage and household.

Les becomes more sure of herself and begins speaking up to Wes about her feelings and how she wants things to be. She begins to gain her independence. I love how Les begins to make decisions for herself and vows not to let anyone tell her what to do ever again.

Their children also begin to see the changes in Les and also see that their father Wes doesn’t like to give up control.

While the book progressed I cheered on Les in gaining her independence and getting her own things such as a BMW and a house that she got to decorate how she wanted.

Les in finally enjoying life the way that she always envisioned. She has no regrets about her decisions to live her own life minus Wes.

I love the southern charm of Les and I admire how she saw the error in putting her husbands and kids needs before her own for thirty years. She had forgot about her own needs, but that was no more.

This book was a page turner. I wanted Les to get stronger by each page and endure until the end.

Happy Reading and Writing,



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