Monday, May 25, 2015

Tuesday Memes: The Last Original Wife

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband's group of cronies. They've all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish 'til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn't quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn't be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there's something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she's gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie's eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina's lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.


Leslie and Wesley’s Present Situation


   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, pershed 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 is was on my first visit, the vast waiting area was packed.
    Just for the record? Wesley needed therapy. I. Absolutely. Did. Not.

My Teaser

    Funny question. Just so you know, I’m only here for the marriage. Going back to how things were would be fine with me, but my wife has other ideas.
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So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!

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  1. I loved this book. It has been recent that I have discovered this author, but I am definitely a fan now. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “APRON STRINGS”

  2. I've read reviews of this book and read the blurb before. It caught my interest. By the cover and the beginning/blurb it screams "summer"!

  3. I've had this on my list for a while. Love the cover!

  4. This sounds wonderful. Think I'll hunt this down.

  5. I haven't read Frank in so long! But, I liked this intro and it looks like a great book to kick off summer!

  6. This sounds like great fun, love the concept and the opening. I've never read one of this author's books either so thanks for sharing ;-) Thank you so much for visiting my Tuesday post earlier too.

  7. This sounds like the kind of book I adore! I like the clever and original idea of a woman falling into a manhole -- and no one notices! Based on that alone, I'll read this book.
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    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

    1. I saw an interview with the author the other day, and one thing she said was that that particular incident was based on a true story. Apparently a friend of hers fell into a manhole! (She didn't mention whether anyone noticed!)

  8. I listened to this book and enjoyed it.

  9. I read this one last year, I think. I liked it a lot. Lots of humor and some poignancy as well. Who can't relate to being the 'old' wife to some of your husband's friend's younger wives? Well, I can. I never know what to say. LOL


  10. I don't find the cover that appealing, but the teaser and blurb make up for it! Good choice.

    My Teaser.

  11. This actually sounds like a really fun read! I am all for people reclaiming their sexy and confident self, especially if you've dropped into a manhole and no one noticed! This sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading while lounging in the sun! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week and that I see you at ABEA!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  12. This one is already on my wish list. Love the cover, too!

  13. This has been on my list for a long time. Looks great.

  14. I bet this is a great summer novel. I'd read more Kim.

  15. The cover alone says summer reading. I hope you enjoy the book and your summer.

  16. I love the cover, too, and I like the intro, so I'd keep reading!

  17. I love the cover, too, and I like the intro, so I'd keep reading!