11 June 2013

Today's Read: The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

How would you feel if your husband's friends were all on their second, much-younger wives? Leslie Anne Greene Carter is getting tired of being made to feel lucky just because her husband hasn't yet found his arm candy. Taking control of her own fate, Les moves back to the Lowcountry, hoping to rediscover the joys of her youth.

Welcome to Saint Magnolia's Wounded Theater. At least that's what I called it. Within these slick walls reside Atlanta's pish-posh team of premier psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and relationship counselors who specialize in the broken hearts/crushed egos of the privileged and renowned. Their lavish confessionals, perched high above the city, are, well, breathtaking. I was here because my husband, Wesley, insisted this was the only place he'd even consider receiving, as he was loath to say, therapy. And as it was on my first visit, the vast waiting area was packed.

Just for the record? Wesley needed therapy. I. Absolutely. Did. Not.
The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank (HarperCollins / William Morrow, 2013, p. 3)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: contemporary, Scotland; Charleston and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina; Atlanta
  • Circumstances: Can this marriage be saved? Should this marriage be saved?
  • Characters: Leslie and Wesley, their family and friends
  • Genre: women's fiction, beach reading, contemporary fiction
  • Themes: friendship; marriage; family; aging; trust; loyalty; fidelity
  • Miscellaneous: the story is told from both Leslie's and Wesley's perspectives
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Dark Franny 6/11/13, 7:14 AM  

Great teaser, thanks for sharing!
Here's this week's teaser!

Alice 6/11/13, 7:21 AM  

Therapy! I like, but I don't think I've been to any... Great teaser!

bermudaonion 6/11/13, 7:44 AM  

I just cracked this open this morning. I'll see Dottie again tomorrow at a Book Your Lunch event!

Laurel-Rain Snow 6/11/13, 7:46 AM  

This one is on my wish list. Love the snippet. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Bonnie 6/11/13, 8:32 AM  

I've not always been drawn into this authors books but this paragraph and intro has me hooked! I want to know more so I am definitely going to add this book to my wishlist!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 6/11/13, 8:38 AM  

I use to enjoy this author, so I think I would keep reading -- enjoy

Beth Hoffman 6/11/13, 8:47 AM  

I have the feeling that I'd like this one. Great teaser!

Book Blather 6/11/13, 9:00 AM  

The synopsis sounds interesting! I wasn't as keen on the critical tone of the extract though, so this one might not be for me. But what a beautiful cover! And it is time to starting talking beach reads. :-)

Heather 6/11/13, 9:05 AM  

You can tell she's going to be quite the character, just from those last few sentences. I hope you enjoy(ed) it! My teaser: The Scarlet Letter

Peggy Ann 6/11/13, 9:36 AM  

Great job of intriguing us!

Nise' 6/11/13, 9:49 AM  

The opening has me very interested. I have only read a few of this author's books.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 6/11/13, 10:15 AM  

Great book pick and teaser. Love this author.

Here's my Tuesday intro and teaser: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-17-and.html

Kathy Martin 6/11/13, 10:31 AM  

Sounds entertaining even though it isn't the sort of book I usually read. Come see my teasers for Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts and The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke. Happy reading!

Unknown 6/11/13, 11:35 AM  

Ooh, sounds like a fun one!


Literary Feline 6/11/13, 12:35 PM  

I've never read this author, but keep meaning to.

Literary Feline 6/11/13, 12:35 PM  

I've never read this author, but keep meaning to.

Pooch 6/11/13, 3:24 PM  

That's a great opening! Enjoy your summer read!

Julie P. 6/11/13, 5:40 PM  

I can't wait to read this one especially after spending so much time with the author!!

JoAnn 6/11/13, 5:56 PM  

This sounds like a great summer read!

Paulita 6/11/13, 7:33 PM  

This looks like a good one. Here's Mine

Beth 6/11/13, 9:34 PM  

Love the teaser! Here is my teaser for this week.

Margot 6/11/13, 11:29 PM  

Sounds like a good, thoughtful Summer Read.

Daryl 6/12/13, 9:58 AM  

sounds like a perfect beach or airplane read .. thanks

Anonymous,  6/15/13, 11:26 AM  

great teaser and interesting synopsis.. adding this to my tbr. thanks for dropping by my blog :D

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