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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,052 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Francis Lee Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781427203007
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engaging audiobook read by Susan Bennett, Lee's witty book is sure to have readers cheering for Carlisle as she searches to find herself, real love and her place in the family. Southern Seasons magazine

  • A hilarious inside look at the world of backstabbing Texas socialites. Riddled with witty dialogue, it's as refreshing as sweet iced tea on a hot summer day Marie Claire magazine on The Devil in the Junior League
  • Not even the requisite happy ending can blunt Lee's deliciously sharp jabs at Texas blue bloods. Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A-) on The Devil in the Junior League
  • Lee's details about how the blue-blood women dress, talk, decorate, entertain and conduct themselves...keep the pages turning. USA Today on The Devil in the Junior League

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trina | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but not as much as I thought I would. There were some funny parts and predictable parts. I'm not really sure what I expected honestly. That's why I still gave it 4 stars. I had a hard time relating to the character simply because I don't know anyone that lived even remotely like her family, or anyone else in the book for that matter. I've read other books and not had a hard time with that but for some reason I had a hard time with this one in that regard. I was also disappointed that there wasn't more of Jack in the story. I felt that there needed to be more run-ins with him. More could be revealed about how he was feeling. Otherwise, the story was fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/17/2014

    " I guess I was expecting the humor I found in the Devil in the Junior League. This fell well short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/11/2014

    " Cute, light-hearted - a nice change from my suspense novels "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/4/2014

    " This was a great quick, fun read. I loved Devil in the Junior League (by this author), so I thought this one would be just as good. I wasn't wrong. I really like Lee's writing style and her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia | 2/3/2014

    " Surprisingly enjoyable with elevated language for chick-lit. While the ending became a little too perfect and clean for me, this was a book I was sad to have finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sx | 1/26/2014

    " Whenever I feel like reading but don't feel like picking up a new book to read, I'll fall back to this comfort book. There is just something so special and sweet about childhood sweethearts that makes it the subject of numerous dramas and books. This really hits the spot though, love the love story, past and present, but the debutantes? Not so much. There were so many of them, but besides Morgan and India, none of them felt like they were truly fleshed out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jc | 1/24/2014

    " The Ex-Debutante is a pretty funny story, and will appeal to readers that like larger than life characters, giggling over high-society manners and humorous heroines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/14/2014

    " Took a while for this book to get good, but it had funny parts and a good description of society life in Texas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/14/2014

    " Carlisle Cushing is an ex-debutante who moves away from her rich texas roots and a troublesome lover to start her life anew in Boston. This light romantic chick lit book starts off when she is forced to come back to Texas to help her mother with her divorce case and settle scores with her ex lover Jack Blair, in and out of the courtroom. But despite her better judgement Carlisle is sucked into more then her mother's divorce when she has to take over her hometown's latest debutante ball. Overall I loved this book, and found it quite a pleasureable read, but I found the constant dictionary definitions a little annoying and I wish the ending would've been more drawn out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Harris | 1/12/2014

    " Just a lovely light novel :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/13/2013

    " Exceeded expectations. It had a lot to say about how much mothers shape their daughters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 12/10/2013

    " This is closer to a 3 1/2*. Very enjoyable story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Abrams | 11/26/2013

    " Quick fluff read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Abbott | 11/16/2013

    " I read the Devil in the Junior League by the same author on spring break. Again, another super beach read and easily finished in one day....especially if you're on the beach at Sanibel Island! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Reminds me a little of the movie, "Sweet Home Alabama." Great chick novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/29/2013

    " Very much chic-lit but an easy vacation read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefani Johnsen | 10/21/2013

    " Definately a book you wanna read if you ever thought your family had issues. The main character goes through finding herself in the mist of all the family drama that makes you want to never put the book down. Great reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lea | 8/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this book... I really enjoyed the Devil in the Jr League so I couldn't wait for this book. I enjoy the books that take place in the South (since I'm from there) and this was fun and light hearted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 8/4/2013

    " was not a fan in the beginning--too much superfluous prose, but it got better. interesting character development, predictable ending, good overall entertainment, guilty pleasure reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 6/10/2013

    " Such a fun read ... the characters just burst off the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 5/16/2013

    " I liked this book so much better than The Devil in the Junior League. The character's seemed more real and relatable, even while still being a part of an upper crust society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry Bryan | 4/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was similar to the The Devil in the Junior League, but different enough to hold my interest. I think The Devil in the Junior League is better, but this one is definitely a great escape and has it's funny moments! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollygibbo | 1/19/2013

    " I had fun reading this one. Chick Lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 11/21/2012

    " This is major chick-lit...a very fast read. Entertaining, but don't expect to have to think or be challenged reading it. It is all about "high-society" in Texas - old money/new money, junior leaguers, divorce court, debutante balls. Good beach / vacation reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Hadley | 11/3/2012

    " This was a fun read, a little long at the end but the light story I needed to read at the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krystal | 5/16/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 5/2/2012

    " Took me a while to get this one going, but once I got to chapter 5, I read the rest of it on one airplane ride! Love the wit, and for some reason, had Channing Tatum (kah-ute!) pictured as Jack. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whitney | 11/3/2011

    " Ok fluff read. Characters very one-dimensional and the obligatory romantic plot line was very Harlequin Romance 101 - dark, handsome bad boy and the good girl that wants to tame him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 8/13/2011

    " I thought it was a cute story, but there are a few naughty parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 6/28/2011

    " Points for being a quick, easy read, but don't expect believability in this book. Suspend your disbelief, let your brain take a break, and you might enjoy this book a little more. Even serious readers need some "brain candy" once in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali | 6/12/2011

    " Love this. Great fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iris | 4/25/2011

    " This is the second book I read by this author, and now I think it is very much like the other one. So I won't be reading any more of her books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthiathompson | 3/28/2011

    " This book wasn't as good as The Devil in the Junior League but it was a easy read. The story was pretty predictable but the characters were likable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 2/22/2011

    " Too tedious to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 2/5/2011

    " I loved this book! It was a book-on- tape, and I found myself just sitting in my car just because I couldn't walk away! It was funny emotional. While I don't have the Devine life they live, but I found myself relating to her! :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carlisle | 1/20/2011

    " This is an easy beach type read. A little corny, but entertaining. The only reason I still remember it is that the two main characters names are Carlisle and India. My best friend from college is India and I was amazed by this coincidence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/2/2011

    " I was expecting a trashy, uninteresting story, but a co-worker insisted I give it a chance. Well written, engaging, and suspenseful. Well, in the sense that I kept waiting to see if a certain couple would actually get together. Nice, light, and "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 9/25/2010

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was similar to the The Devil in the Junior League, but different enough to hold my interest. I think The Devil in the Junior League is better, but this one is definitely a great escape and has it's funny moments! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 8/3/2010

    " Not as good as the Devil in the Junior League. In fact, it was pretty similar (debutante seeks help from the lower class to deal with some petty upper class issue, learns something along the way). The story seemed weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 7/22/2010

    " Hilarious book if you know Southern society and can appreciate some dry humor! I really enjoyed the story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nefret | 7/20/2010

    " Die Liebesgeschichte spielt hier eine untergeordnete Rolle. Vielmehr geht es um Carlisles Probleme mit ihrem Job, ihrer Familie und den Traditonen. Unterhaltsam, aber nicht weltbewegend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/11/2010

    " Probably something I wouldn't have read but it was a good story to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia | 5/27/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. I love reading about the South and "ladies that lunch". Nice light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 4/22/2010

    " Predictable and trite; I was expecting a fun comedy like Ms Lee's delightful Devil in the Junior League, but was sorely disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 4/21/2010

    " Is it too late for me to debut? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/19/2010

    " Cute, light-hearted - a nice change from my suspense novels "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitzi | 4/12/2010

    " Awesome chick lit. I'm lovin' it. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Francis Lee

Linda Francis Lee is a former Texas debutante who has high hopes that all photos of the experience are long gone. She is now a bestselling author who lives with her husband in New York City, where she is at work on her next novel.

About the Narrator

Susan Bennett has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. Among her audiobook narrations are Full of Grace, Replay, and Tiger, Tiger, for which she won an AudioFile Earphones Award.