THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE by Dorothea Benton Frank

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As Leslie and her husband Wes have grown older, certain things about their relationship have changed. But they are the last amongst their friends still in their first marriage. That doesn’t mean things are rosy. In fact, Les has had it with Wes. Their trip to Scotland was the final straw, leaving Les with the feeling that it may be the end for them. A trip to Charleston to stay with her brother is just what she needs, but will it force Les to reevaluate her marriage or will it open her eyes to all new possibilities?

Everything I’ve heard about Dorothea Benton Frank led me to expect a sultry and summery southern novel. I didn’t quite find that to be the case with The Last Original Wife.

The story was entertaining at times and there are definitely moments of great humor, but I also found it to be kind of depressing; through Les, Wes, and their friends it would seem that all marriage is doomed.

I can see why Dorothea Benton Frank’s work has charmed audiences for so long but The Last Original Wife didn’t hit the spot for me.

5/14 Becky Lejeune

THE LAST ORIGINAL WIFE by Dorothea Benton Frank. William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 1, 2014). ISBN 978-0062132475. 368p.

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