This one is about a blogger done very wrong by her husband. And since I like bloggers and husbands it seemed like a good choice. Except for all the cuckolding. That’s never fun. But there is a sweet revenge scene early in the novel and then the protagonist ends up in divorce recovery with 3 other women. Clearly, hilarity will ensue. Mary Kay Andrews has been one of my very favorite beach authors since I read Hissy Fit: A Novel.
And speaking of favorite authors to read on the beach, Dorothea Benton Frank is an absolute must for me when we get back to the Lowcountry. Leslie is the last of the first wives in her husband’s group of friends. All the others have gotten new, younger wives. Which means that Leslie is basically a dead wife walking.
So she takes matters in her own hands and goes to get her life back before she loses it to Wes. As Amazon says, “Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.”
She knows the Lowcountry, she knows women, and she knows how to time a really good story. If you’ve never read any of her work you’re going to want to read Plantation (Lowcountry Tales).
Well. Do we even need to talk about this? If you didn’t read the first book you surely saw the movie. Fashion, society, New York, and the cut-throat world of magazine publishing. I’d hate every minute of it in reality, but I surely love the guilty pleasure of reading about it from the safety of my own beach towel.
4. The Engagements
J. Courtney Sullivan was such a surprise for me. I LOVED Maine (Vintage Contemporaries). Sullivan’s novels cover vast expanses of time. This one covers 4 marriages and the history of the diamond engagement ring in America.
Now, I’ve got to run and nurse my sand wounds from our day of body surfing.