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The Ex-Debutante

by Linda Francis Lee

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From the book jacket: Carlisle Wainwright Cushing – of the old-moneyed Willow Creek, Texas, Wainwrights, is the daughter of larger-than-life Ridgely Wainwright … Cushing-Jameson-Lackley-Harper-Ogden. Given her mother’s predilection for divorce, no one is surprised that Carlisle becomes a divorce lawyer and runs far away to Boston, where nobody, including her fiancé, knows she’s an heiress. But now, three years later, Carlisle is lured back to Texas to deal with her mother’s latest divorce and the family-sponsored hundredth annual debutante ball, which is on the verge of collapse.

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Where to start? Cardboard characters. Tortured dialogue. Ridiculous plot. “Clever” writing devices that aren’t. This is just a disaster.

I read another book by Lee which had some problems, but was far more coherent than this mess. ( )
  BookConcierge | Dec 2, 2016 |
Carlise Wainwright Cushing returns to Texas because her mother tells her there is an emergency. The emergency ends up being that she needs Carlisle to be her divorce lawyer. Carlisle also becoms involved in running the local debutante ball which her family has been involved with for a hundred years, The ball is near ruin after the last organiser, a male, was caught wearing one of the debutantes gowns. Carlisle also has to deal with Jack Blair, who she has had a crush on since high school, and who is representing her mother's husband in the divorce. A fun read, especially the parts involving the debutantes. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This book was a waste of time. ( )
  TeenieLee | Apr 3, 2013 |
A no nonsense lawyer/former deb from Texas, returns to her roots to help her mother through her umpteenth divorce and save her families Deb ball. There were times the book was good, times that it would make up for the cheesy dialogue and transparent plot. It kept me entertained anyway. ( )
  Kace | Jan 30, 2010 |
This book was a bit slow to get into at first but it went along nicely. The storyline was so-so. I did not feel the chemistry between Jack and Carlisle, that could have been developed more. ( )
  risadabomb | Apr 7, 2009 |
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When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing left her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she had no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, had found liberation--or so she thought. Until the day she gets an urgent call from her mother, reporting that: one, the Symphony Association Debutante Ball, which Carlisle's family has sponsored for years, is about to be called off; Two, her mother's divorce has the whole town talking; And three, the family's good name is at stake and Carlisle is the only one who can fix it all. So Carlisle takes a leave of absence from her law firm and goes to Texas to help. Her fiance, who has no idea she's an heiress, can't know that she's organizing the ball, handling the dramas of the girls involved, settling her mother's suit--and coming face to face with the true love of her life, whom she ran out on when she left Texas. Her trip home challenges Carlisle's sense of herself and brings the pieces of her past togther, so that when she finally re-meets the man of her dreams, she's in a perfect place to tempt fate.

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When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing left her native Texas to start a new life in Boston, she had no regrets. The former Texas debutante, who never felt at home in her Southern skin, had finally found liberation--or so she thought.

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