Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber

About the Book:

Debbie Macomber, author of the Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series, delivers an inspiring new stand-alone novel about the enduring bond between sisters, the power of forgiveness, and a second chance at love.

Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close—until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite—a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.

Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.

A wonderful novel of perseverance and trust, and an exciting journey through life’s challenges and joys, Last One Home is Debbie Macomber at the height of her talents.

My Thoughts:

I discovered Debbie Macomber when I was in high school.  In those days, she wrote romance novels for Harlequin.  Of course, in those days Harlequin primarily published romantic fiction--these days, not so much.

Life moved along: I married, had children, and lost my fondness for mass market romance.  But I knew Debbie was gifted, and it was fun to watch her career bloom.  So, here I am, reviewing Debbie's latest book....

....and staring at the "New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author" at the top of the cover, wondering what in the world I can say that could even remotely help promote this book?

How about this?  "Last One Home" reminded me of the days of sweet romance, but with a richer, deeper sense of story.  This story reminded me why I loved Debbie Macomber and her gift of story.

The cover is gorgeous and fun; the pages hold passion for family, for starting over, and for no longer allowing the past to determine the future.  Three sisters, strained relationships, the illusion of perfection, and spousal abuse are all a part of the tapestry of "Last One Home".

The romance is sweet, the characters are engaging, and the story is powerful.  "Last One Home" is one of Debbie Macomber's best novels, and is worthy of the line on the cover I told you about.  Read with a tissue in one hand and something refreshing to drink in the other, because once you begin you won't stop for anything...

...until the final page and you see the "Last One Home".  My thanks to my friends at Ballantine Books for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.  Highly recommended, and great summer reading!

Happy Reading!



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