"Welcome to Saint Magnolia's Wounded Theater. At least that's what I called it."The Last Original Wife ~ by Dorothea Benton Frank, 2013, fiction (Georgia and North Carolina)
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.I wanted something light, and this fills the bill, so far. I've read more than half already.
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 of Charleston, her hometown. In her brother's stately historic home, she's going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers on Sullivans Island. As she listens to her inner voice, she realizes what she wants . . . and finds the life she's always dreamed of.