Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review: The Last Original Wife By: Dorothea Benton Frank

The Last Original WifeThe Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Welcome to the elusive world of the elite and being the last original wife in a world that has the trophy wives coming in.
Written between Leslie and Wesley Carter's voices, the breakdown of a marriage occurs and the understanding of what led to the demise. With thirty years together, two grown children, a perfect house one would not expect the drama that ensues behind the doors and in the minds of each person. Ms. Frank is giving a glimpse into this destruction, dissecting the inner and outer motivators and incidences through both the male and the female - leaving the reader "caught" in the middle. Is there really a fault when you have lies, hookers, resentment, and outgrowing the one you chose to spend the rest of your life with?
To be honest, I read this one through the night - I couldn't put it down, but for unusual reasons. Yes, I had to see where this was ending, but I felt uncomfortable and knew I would not sleep well with this on my mind. The author takes the reader into a harsh lighting (think dressing room lights that make every flaw come out) and yet the characters remain childish and distant, you are unable to emotionally connect to them.

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