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Falling Home (Zebra Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – Jun 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821773380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821773383
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,387,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a rich novel about discovering roots and learning the true meaning of keeping the hearts of those you love." -- Deborah Smith, NYT Bestselling Author

"FALLING HOME is everything contemporary women's fiction should be...and more." -- Deb Stover, Award-winning author

"The southern wit of Fanny Flagg...and the poignancy of Kristin Hannah makes this one of the best reads of this or any year." -- Maudeen Wachsmith, The Best Reviews

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From the Back Cover:

You know that saying about how sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug?

It's true. Take me, for example. I shook the Georgia dust from my feet fifteen years ago, vowing never to leave Manhattan. I traded sweet tea for Chardonnay, fried chicken for nouvelle cuisine, lazy days on my aunt's front porch for ad campaigns and board meetings, and the guy who broke my heart for my handsome boss, who soon became my fiance. Perfect, right?

Until my sister called. We haven't spoken since I left home--because she married the guy who broke my heart. What's more, she called to say my father is dying--but he refuses to finish until I show up. So I'm back in the hottest, dinkiest small town in Georgia, facing my sister and my old boyfriend over the heads of their--count them--five children. It couldn't get weirder, right? Unless you count Sam Parker--a long-forgotten classmate, now the town doctor--and how good he's beginning to look to me.

I'm falling apart, I think, wondering why resentment and wounded pride seem silly here in Walton, where forgiveness and acceptance go hand-in-hand with homecoming. And I'm beginning to suspect that I'm falling in love for real this time, with a man whose touch is so right, I feel like I'm...

Falling Home.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Home is where the heart is--and that's basically the crux of this story. I
was surprised to see a few readers think that the author was trying to make
fun of the big city or people who aren't from Walton, Georgia. Some people always miss the point. It's about finding the place to call home that's in one's own
heart--wherever that may be.
Cassie Madison is at a crossroads. She comes home after 15 long years in
Manhattan to small town Georgia. In some ways, this is a fish out of water
story--until Cassie learns what has been waiting in her own heart all those
I laughed and cried while reading this book. As a person born in New York
City and raised in New England, I don't think this book has made me want to
move south. But it did open my heart to all the things about my own memories
of home--which made the story that much more poignant.
Beautifully written and deeply moving, this is a book for my keeper shelf.
And that is why I'm giving this book 5 stars.
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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful
Full of laughs and will generate tears 27 Jun. 2005
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cassie is returning home to Walton, Georgia after a 15-year self-imposed exile from her family, after her sister Harriet ran off and eloped with Cassie's beau. Harriet and Joe now have five children that Cassie has never met. Now a successful advertising executive, with a fiance of her own, she returns home in time to say goodbye to her dying father, who in a last ditch effort to patch things up between the two sisters, has willed his home and all its possessions to Cassie in hopes that she'll return for good.

Cassie is reticent to see her sister, and still has ambivalent feelings for Joe. But what she doesn't count on is her feelings for old pal, Sam, who once was the class geek, and is now the respected town doctor. Sam has always had a crush on Cassie, but never revealed his true feelings (and when he does, he packs an emotional wallop). She is hoping to sell the house quickly and return to her fiance and her life in Manhattan; Sam has other ideas, as he tries to create a preservationist group to keep developers from turning her home into commercial property.

This story is so well written, and packed with so much humor and emotion, that it easily garners 5 stars. White manages to make you feel for the characters, and really relate to them (though Andrew was a bit one dimensional). And just when you think you know what is going to happen, a twist comes in to throw you off (though the supposed mystery really is not a mystery - you see that coming a mile away). I finished the book in a single day - I just couldn't put it down. It is very rare that a novel can elicit tears from a reader. "Falling Home" does that and more. It'll make you laugh, and it'll make you cry, but most of all, it will make you want to reconcile with your siblings. The Walton saga continues with "After the Rain."
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Falling Home is Real and it has Heart 16 Aug. 2002
By Marcia L. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's rare that I am moved to tears when reading a book. Movies can often make me cry but books, almost never. Falling Home managed to reduce me to tears but that is certainly not why I loved this story and it is not my criteria for what constitutes a great book. But when a book can elicit that kind of emotional response from me it's because the story is well written, it's real and it has heart.
Cassie Madison has spent 15 years in Manhattan building an enviable and powerful career in advertising. She hadn't spoken to her younger sister, Harriet, in those years since Harriet ran off and married the love of Cassie's life. During her absence Cassie kept in touch with her father and would meet him in Atlanta for a weekend once a year but refused to return to her hometown of Walton. Cassie believes she has outgrown the small town life and has become a big city snob. The story begins when Cassie must return to Walton after receiving a phone call from her sister with the news that their father is dying.
Cassie leaves Manhattan, her job and her fiancé, Andrew, to return to Walton to see her father for the last time. After arriving in Walton one of the first people Cassie meets is the town doctor, Dr. Sam Parker, one of her childhood friends. Sam is no longer the nerdy, goofy kid she knew but has morphed into an incredibly gorgeous hunk and one of the towns most loved and respected citizens. There are surprises, mysteries, and twists in this book that kept me reading until 4:30 a.m. on more then one night. I could not put this book down! There is hardly an emotion that isn't played on in this story about returning home, old hurts and heartbreak, growing up, letting go, learning what is really important in life and finding one's heart.
Karen White's first book, In the Shadow of the Moon, convinced me that she is an author whose books I will always look forward to reading and re-reading. Falling Home contains the excellent character development, story line, twists and turns and emotional depth that Ms. White consistently creates in her work. Those who read her work will not be disappointed and will ultimately become fans.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Karen White is a treasure! 15 Aug. 2002
By J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cassie Madison had left her home of Walton, Georgia fifteen years earlier and had never looked back. Her heart had been broken by her younger sister Harriet's marriage to Cassie's long time love Joe. So she ran away to New York and made a new life for herself. But she can't refuse her dying father's wish to return home to Walton.
Returning to Walton is hard, but also a breath of fresh air. Old wounds have mended but new wounds are preparing to unleash themselves upon her soul. Her father is dying and secrets from his past are coming to light. And a childhood friend named Sam Parker is making her feel things that she had forgotten existed-even though she has a fiance in New York that she thought she was in love with.
FALLING HOME is one of those deep novels that I as a reader fall in love with. This is a book I refused to rush through, it was lyrical and beautiful, romantic and tragic. There were moments I laughed aloud, and times I pulled the Kleenex's closer. Cassie is a complex woman dealing with how the memories of her past are effecting her return home. This book should be shared with family and friends and a perfect book for a reader's group. I loved every page and look forward to many more books from Karen White.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
an OK romance...a GREAT tearjerker! 2 Nov. 2007
By Krista Lyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Falling Home is one of the few romance novels that I've read that reads in some ways more like women's fiction. This is really Cassie's story, not Cassie and Sam's story.

This is a story about a woman coming home to the small town she left after her sister married her boyfriend...(I know..a very icky premise!) She's come in response to her dying father's last wish.

I pretty much had to force my way through the first half..I would've given it 1 star...it was very slow, not much romance...lots of painful family dymnamics. The last half improved immensely. There are some scenes in the last part of the book that were some of the most poignant, powerful, emotion filled pages I've ever read. Reminiscent of the movies "Beaches" and "Steel Magnolias" I sat on my bed and sobbed. It is truly rare that a book can make me do that. In those moments I felt like I was reading a book that was worthy of a 5 star rating. In rating this book I decided to split the difference between my two experiences and give it a 3 star.

Now for my closing remark. There is a sequel..."After the Rain". I think you could categorize people well in to two groups...those who are interested in reading After the Rain and those who aren't. I loved Joe and Harriet to much to read it. I won't spoil it with any more details. If you read this book, you'll know exactly what I mean. I guess I'm one of those hopeless romantics that believes you get one TRUE love per lifetime.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
best book I have read 21 Nov. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Until now, Nora Robert's Montana Sky was the best book I have ever read. Now, Falling Home has replaced my former favorite. It is insightful, side-splitting funny, and hopeful.

Cassandra left Walton, Georgia, fifteen years ago after her sister (who she half raised) eloped with her boyfriend. Obviously, that left a mark. She spent those fifteen years in New York City, working her backside off in an advertising firm with a cold, sorry excuse of a boyfriend.

She does what she swore she would never do. She goes back to her hometown. Her father was dying, and it was his last wish. Love, responsibility, and the small-town life keeps beckoning her. However, she has accomplished so much in New York. She loves the city with all its glamour, sophistication, and opportunities.

For those who wrote the negative reviews on amazon.com, you can butter my butt and call me a biscuit. The south is full of oddities that those of us in the south laugh at and love. I do understand that being family is no excuse for being a doormat; however, when duty calls, you should answer. Cassie understood the south, and she ended up understanding family.

I cried through the last 50 pages. My husband thinks I have lost my mind, and my kids are still laughing about it. I read all 437 pages in 2 days. It is that good. I would just really like a sequel.
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