Friday, June 5, 2015

LAST ONE HOME by Debbie Macomber

Ballantine Books
March 10th, 2015
Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts

Once Cassie Carter was close to her two sisters, Karen & Nichole. That was in a fit of rebellion; Cassie left home and married the wrong man. Now thirteen years later, divorced and trying to get back on her feet, Cassie finds that life has a way of reconnecting you to the ones you loved. This time for Cassie, Karen and Nichole, finding forgiveness amid the tears and pain of past hurts will show these three women that family is more than blood ties, it’s about love beyond measure.

I got to admit when I need a major pick me up or feel good novel, I reach for Debbie Macomber books. These stories are full of heart, amazing life like characters and story lines that mimic the world today and all it is to many people. In LAST ONE HOME we meet the Carter sisters-Karen, Cassie and Nichole. With a stroke of this author’s keyboard, we find three unlikely people bound by blood ties and a past that is full of laughter and tears. This is not a typical romance novel. In it Cassie has left an abused marriage, got knocked down so many times, she struggles to find her way back up again but she goes on, one determined step at a time. Because she ran away from home with a man her parents didn’t approve of, she has lost touch of her family. With the right amount of depth and perception, Ms. Macomber delivers a powerful story about a woman determined to give her daughter stability and a home, of sisters finding their way back to one another and finding out that the bond between them may be damaged but isn’t broken. It’s about family and what love and forgiveness can do to help heal battered hearts and minds. I got to admit LAST ONE HOME drew me in right from the first page and didn’t let up until I finished the book. I could not put it down and I was transfixed at how this author delivered a powerful yet emotional book that made me hope this was the beginning of a new series for her.

Meet Cassie, Karen and Nichole. Cassie was always viewed as the favorite of her dad’s and when she ran away from home at eighteen in a fit of rebellion with the man her parents disapproved of, well lets just her family went to pieces in a new york minute. Karen and Nichole have spent years trying to be the perfect kids and to weather the after effects of Cassie leaving. Confused, hurt and more than a little angry, both women find that reconnecting with Cassie will take more than a ‘I’m sorry’ on both ends, it will take a whole lot of forgiveness and letting go of the past in order to have a brighter future. What I love about Ms. Macomber’s characters is that they are quite life like and there is a connection between them in someway. The bond Cassie shared with her sisters growing up resonates strongly throughout the book and when these three people meet after many years apart, lets just say the timing is perfect as each person is going through a crisis that will leave them scrambling for some sort of peace. The characters are well written, multi-dimensional and capture your attention immediately. I loved the dynamics between the sisters as well as Cassie’s relationship with her daughter Aimee, who made me giggle a lot which helped give the story some of the best light hearted moments I ever read. The secondary characters are just as entertaining and kept my interest and Cassie’s love interest; Steve had some baggage as well that had me rooting for him to fall for Cassie.

LAST ONE HOME is more than a book about sisters, it’s about life, family, love and forgiveness. It’s about reconnecting with loved ones, be it family or friends. It’s about finding your way back to the ones who have loved you forever. Ms. Macomber delivers a story that will leave you breathless in the end and I am eager to see what else this author has in store for her readers in the future. Now all I can ask is, Will this be a new series because I would love to see how these three sisters made out months/years down the road.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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