The Ex-Debutante

Linda Francis Lee

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When Carlisle Wainwright Cushing, of the old-moneyed Texas Wainwrights, moved to Boston three years ago to work at one of the city’s most prestigious divorce law firms, she thought she had escaped the high society she’d grown up in – after all, no one in Boston, not even her fiancé, knew she was an heiress.  But now, Carlisle has been lured back to Texas to deal with her mother’s latest divorce and the family-sponsored 100th annual debutante ball, which is on the verge of collapse.  She’s afraid she’ll never get back to Boston, at least with her reputation intact, especially when good ’ole Southern boy Jack Blair shows up on the opposite side of the divorce court, making her wonder if he’s going after her mother in the proceedings--or her.

Carlisle’s trip home challenges her sense of who she really is and forces her to face her family’s secrets.  Funny, smart, and poignant, The Ex-Debutante is a story about the risks one woman must take if she stands a chance of finding herself, real love, and her place in that crazy thing we call family.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Linda Francis Lee's novel The Ex-Debutante. 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.

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Praise for The Ex-Debutante

“Lee once again demonstrates her trademark wit in this hilarious, fast-paced romp that proves you can go home again, but you probably shouldn’t.” –Booklist
“Carlisle’s trials—in the courtroom and out—teach her to appreciate her family and her community.” –Kirkus

“I adored The Ex-Debutante and seriously read it in one don't-interrupt-me-on-penalty-of-death sitting.  Linda's voice is so lively and vibrant and fun—and the story was completely compelling.”
–Beth Harbison, bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous
The Ex-Debutante is fun, witty and totally fabulous.”
–Rachel Gibson, New York Times bestselling author of Tangled Up in You
“Linda Francis Lee serves up heaps of delicious bon mots to split your sides.  This is one debutante ball to which you'll want to show up unfashionably early so as not to miss a single page.”
–Saira Rao, author of The Chambermaid
“Original with fresh sparks of wit, Lee offers a story about the importance of family, unconditional love and looking beyond the false surface of perfection."
–Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of Between the Tides


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About the Author

Linda Francis Lee

Bestselling author of nineteen novels LINDA FRANCIS LEE is a former Texas Debutante who has high hopes that all photos of the experience are long gone. She currently lives in New York City with her husband where she is at work on her next novel.

Linda Francis Lee

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The Ex-Debutante
Linda Francis Lee

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312354985
ISBN10: 0312354983
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
April 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427203007
ISBN10: 1427203008
Audio Run Time: 11:00

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429915359
ISBN10: 1429915358
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages

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