Just Finished Reading…


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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

Goodreads Summary: The Last Original Wife

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.


I was disappointed in this book. Sure I was incensed by the arrogant and egotistical husband…but they both raised those kids…they taught them to act this way. Leslie was made out to be the victim…but I wish she had more of a backbone…

I wanted more…expected more…I felt I was let down…but that’s just me.

To be fair, I was dealing with the loss of our dog, my furbaby, so perhaps I was not as invested as I should have been.  

Goodreads Summary: The Summer Girls

Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author.Eighty-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta, “Mamaw,” seeks to gather her three granddaughters—Carson, Eudora, and Harper—with the intent to reunite them after years apart. Monroe explores the depths and complexities of sisterhood, friendship and the power of forgiveness. The Summer Girls is a perfect beach read and anyone who “enjoys such fine southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites” 


I was expecting this to be a typical book where sisters meet up, have issues, then resolve it all by the end of the book. I was wrong and I’m glad, to find out about the other two sisters you must continue reading the next two books. I’m in…I must know what’s going to happen with Dora and Harper.

The first two moments with the dolphin blew me away…what happened…sorry you have to read the book.

I was not a fan of Carson at the beginning, and was annoyed this was all about her…but she definitely grew on me.    


Goodreads Summary: The Girl You Left Behind

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

I am deeply drawn into this book…wow! What is Sophie willing to do to save her hubby? I am on the edge of my seat…so torn about what I would do.


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Just Finished Reading… — 2 Comments

  1. I actually have the second one on my iPad to read and have been meaning to read it for the last few weeks and of course JoJo Moyes is on my list since having read You Before Me and loving it!

  2. So I just inadvertently started reading the second in the Summer series… I had a bit of catching up to do since I didn’t read the first one. Great beach read, though. Maybe I’ll go back and read #1 when I’m finished since you liked it so much!

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