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Falling Home Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Nov 2010
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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...
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Top customer reviews
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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Cassie's New York fiance Andrew is presented as a loud-mouthed, snobbish, selfish, materialistic nincompoop -- representing the other America. Darn it, he won't even drive an American car. Of course, that Mercedes of his can't be trusted not to break down because of inferior German engineering. Cassie herself has to learn to abandon her smart suits and stiletto heels and vegetarian meals and sushi for chicken fried steaks, grits and other "real American food."
Cassie escaped from Georgia when her sister stole her boyfriend and for 15 years never returned. But now her father is dying so back home she comes, into the sweaty embrace of Dr Sam who has loved her since he was 16. Then a nerdy kid with glasses, he has gone to both Yale and Harvard Medical School but returned to minister to the honest townsfolk, wear cowboy boots and drive a truck.
Daddy dies pretty quickly and now Cassie has to make a decision about the lovely old family home he has left to her. Should she sell it, or better yet give it to ruthless developers, or should she stay put with her own folk and marry Dr Sam? Meantime, she has her five nieces and nephews to look after while her sister Harriet starts to feel a bit off-color. Poor old Harriet is always tired. Could it be that she's pregnant once more -- or maybe she has stage IV incurable breast cancer? Or maybe both?
This book has plenty of cheap, syrupy tragedies worthy of a Victorian melodrama and endless suspense while Cassie hums and haws about whether to stay or go, embrace Dr Sam or wrap the reedy New York arms of Andrew. around her Some choice! Should she opt for the cold, mean streets of New York where nobody knows your name and you have to work all the time or the sweet embrace of Georgia where the local vandals do know your name? Incidentally, we're told that in 15 years living in New York, Cassie never visited the Statue of Liberty. No doubt, she never went to the Metropolitan Opera or the Museum of Modern Art either. But no worries, there is a small fascimile of Lady Liberty in Walton -- and they have the Kudzu Parade so all is well.
There isn't an overt political agenda to this book but it is steeped in a cheap, sentimental conservatism that I quickly found cloying. If this is your cup of sweet southern tea, read on.
Cassie hasn’t spoken to her sister Harriet in fifteen years. Why you ask? Well it’s been fifteen years since her sister stole her fiance and married him herself. So at twenty years old Cassie packed up and left the only home she’d ever known in Walton, Georgia and moved herself to the big city of New York. She’s done well for herself too with a great career and a new fiance. All it takes though is one call from her sister telling her that her father is dying and Cassie knows that she has to make the trip back home to see him.
As she finds herself back in the sweltering heat of Walton and the ways of her people she can’t help but find herself being sucked back into life there. Of course there are her nieces and nephew, especially the eldest Maddie who so much like her that she has missed as well. It doesn’t hurt that her old childhood friend Sam is infuriatingly gorgeous and try as she might she can’t help but compare him to her fiance back in New York. As things heat up between them and Sam confesses his true feelings Cassie begins to reevaluate just what is important to her and what scares her the most is that it doesn’t at all point to that high powered job and gorgeous fiance of hers. Then, as events take a turn that Cassie could never have predicted, she knows that she must stay in Walton a little while longer.
This book is much more involved than what I’ve said here but to say more would ruin it for potential readers. Falling Home will take you on an emotional journey and this family will work it’s way into your heart so much so that you find yourself caring for them as if they were your own family. As always Karen’s novels are beautifully written and it is just that and her character development that manage to evoke such an emotional response from readers. You come away from this novel wanting to connect with those you love and telling them that you love them. It was an excellent book to listen to and I firmly think that it added so much more emotion for me listening to it. There is also a sequel which released recently called After the Rain and I’m listening to it now! Falling Home comes highly recommended by me as do all of Karen White’s books!
Well written, explored, characterization and story. Karen White has it all - except diversity. Please someone tell me that the "formula" is not the same as these last 3. To know ahead of time that the formula is to kill off one of the main female characters, a character that is so well written that you are invested in the story and eagerly awaiting each next chapter only to get to the sorrowful, unhappy ending in each book. Can't do it. What is the point? I don't know what loss the author is trying to process but I really hope to find out she isn't punishing her audience with it in every remaining book available. Please, someone tell me it isn't so!!