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Falling Home (Zebra Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2002
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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
Returning to her childhood home in Georgia to care for her dying father, Cassie, who has left her glamorous Manhattan lifestyle and gorgeous fiancT behind, finds her life unexpectedly changed by Sam Parker, the town doctor, who teaches her valuable lessons in love, forgiveness, and hope. Original.See all Product description
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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 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!!
Many other reviewers have given the outline of the book so I'll spare that.
What I did like is the theme of forgiveness and how Cassie ultimately finds out what matters in life and how the people from a small town are portrayed as really caring about each other. Even one of the characters who is painted in a bad light in most of the book turns good at the end. There is a lot about family dynamics and the importance of family history and how some secrets can really destroy lives but they don't have to once they're out.
What I didn't like was how it's told from different points of view but all in third person. Most of it is from the view of Cassie, the main character. There are also some parts told from the view of Harriet and the niece Maddie but it's weird because they're all in third person yet Maddie's part calls the characters Aunt Cassie and Mama.
It is a very sad book. It is a romance but that is not the underlying main theme of the story. There is a happy ending.
Some of the characters I thought were one-dimensional such as Joe and Andrew and Aunt Lucinda even Sam who is almost too perfect and too noble.
All in all, though, I recommend and will look for the sequel.