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Last One Home: A Novel door Debbie Macomber
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Last One Home: A Novel (editie 2015)

door Debbie Macomber (Auteur)

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"The Palmer sisters couldn't be more different. Karen, the eldest, is the responsible one the one who got the grades, married the perfect guy, and has two wonderful, high-achieving children. Cassie is the rebellious one, who got pregnant right after high school and married the wrong man, despite her family's misgivings. And Nicole is a free, creative spirit, who's always been indulged and pampered as the baby of the family who could do no wrong. These differences were enough to drive the three sisters apart over the years, but their mother's unexpected death makes them realize that she would have wanted them to repair old wounds and let bygones be bygones. What they discover is that none of their lives are as perfect as they seem, and despite their differences, they're the only family each other can depend on. A heartwarming illustration of all the ups and downs of life, and the sometimes fraught, but always enduring, relationship between sisters.… (meer)
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Titel:Last One Home: A Novel
Auteurs:Debbie Macomber (Auteur)
Info:Ballantine Books (2015), 416 pages
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Waardering:*****
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rabck from love2cook; new series. Growing up, Cassie, Karen and Nicole were very close sisters, until Cassie runs away with her boyfriend. Most of the book revolves around Cassie and how she's putting her life back together, with ticklers about Karen and Nichole, so you know they will be in subsequent books. ( )
  nancynova | Jun 1, 2021 |
Seriously. I cannot with books that ask you to check your brain at the door when you start to read them. It is maddening to me when that happens in books because the entire time you are just reading and seething.

Told in three points of view, we follow three sisters. The middle sister, Cassie, has been estranged from her family since she ran off and married her high school boyfriend. Now that both of her parents are deceased, we have Cassie trying to reconnect with her older sister Karen and younger sister Nichole. Since Karen and Nichole have stayed in touch and live near one another, we have them pressing back against Cassie since they still see her as the selfish sister who broke their parents hearts.

I really wanted to like Cassie. She had been through some horrible things. That all gets thrown out the window though when you realize that she never told her mother and sisters what was going on with her and her daughter and why she couldn't come home for her father's funeral. Heck she doesn't even explain again to her sisters after her mother passes either. Cassie is in pretty dire straights and is doing what she can to get her and her daughter in a habitat for humanity home. It makes no sense at all why Cassie waits until almost the end of the book to let her sisters know what is going on with her when they could have helped, or at least been less harsh towards her.

Karen was awful. She had a lot of resentment towards Cassie and acted like she wanted to come and steal the clothes off of her back. It would have made sense if we got any clues that Cassie was about herself as a child (she wasn't) and she was asking for money all of the time. Her not telling her own children about a second sister didn't make a lot of sense. Karen's husband felt off the whole book, and then you read what was going on with him and that helped flesh things out a bit with him. But seriously, Macomber lets this whole incident with the two of these characters just hang and get resolved in two sentences at the end of the book.

Nichole was indifferent and blind and I hated any parts of the book that dealt with her point of view. In the end, Nichole had a rude awakening and Macomber doesn't really let you know what is going to happen. I honestly didn't care so it's not that big of a deal.

The other characters in the book really don't work. Cassie's love interest was an alpha male that made me want to kick him in the shin repeatedly. Probably the only part of the book that I really did enjoy, was Cassie realizing that things were going too fast and pumped her breaks on the whole relationship. I loathe romance books that have the hero/heroine somehow engaged/married within a week or month of knowing each other.

The writing really wasn't that great when we were not focused on Cassie's point of view. Honestly the book would have been stronger without the other two sister's included in this as they were. The flow was messed up too from us jumping from Cassie, to Karen, to Nichole and back again. We were missing pretty big pieces from all of their lives and nothing really worked that well.

The setting of Washington is one that Macomber has used before in her books/series and I wish that we had gotten more of it included in this book. She didn't use Seattle or any other part of Washington like she usually does.

The ending left things up in the air with the character of Nichole but had a happy ending for Cassie and Karen. I really wish that Macomber had re-visited some things that were glossed over. For example, we find out through the course of the book that their was money left to Karen and Nichole with their dying mother asking them to make sure they gave some to Cassie too. However, neither Karen and Nichole do so. Instead there are vague discussions and ignoring the fact that they are pretty much not adhering to their mother's wishes. There is also a pretty big incident that had huge repercussions for the character of Karen that was ultimately ignored too.

This was definitely not my favorite Macomber. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber is a very heartwarming novel of healing and reconciliation for Cassie Carter and her estranged sisters. Cassie's return home is fraught with tension as she tries to recover financially and emotionally from an abusive marriage. At the same time, she is also trying to repair her fractured relationship with her sisters, but years of separation and little communication make their attempts to reconnect awkward and uncomfortable.

Cassie and her twelve year old daughter Aimee have had a difficult life but they are finally on their way to achieving their goal of having a permanent home. Cassie has a stable job, she volunteers at a local women's shelter, and her application for a house through Habitat for Humanity has just been accepted. She must put in sweat equity hours in exchange for the house and her first meeting with job foreman Steve Brody is contentious. Cassie is delighted when her older sister, Karen, offers her the chance to claim items from their parents' estate, but their interactions are uneasy and stressful for the sisters.

Cassie and Steve soon work through their initial animosity and quickly become friends. Steve is a widower who has been slow to recover from the loss of his wife and both he and Cassie are surprised by their unexpected attraction to one another. However, Cassie's residual fears and concerns from her marriage make it difficult for her to commit to a serious relationship.

Cassie and her sisters also begin to make progress on mending the rift between them. Neither Karen nor Nichole are aware of what Cassie suffered during her marriage, so Cassie's previous attempts to reconnect were rebuffed. The women slowly begin rebuilding their relationship and their bond is unexpectedly strengthened when Karen and Nichole encounter unexpected problems in their personal lives.

In Last One Home, Debbie Macomber touches on some very difficult topics in a realistic and forthright manner and the resulting story is very touching and uplifting. While not all of the storylines are fully resolved, the novel's conclusion is believable and emotionally satisfying. It is a lovely read that touches on life's more serious moments and will leave readers hoping to revisit these flawed but lovable characters in the future. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Bridget Blogs Books for my thoughts on this book ( )
  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
I read the second and third book in this series and had to go back and read Cassie's story. This is a great series about second chances, strong women and leaving bad situations behind.

Cassie ran away from home at the age of 18 to marry her boyfriend who had gotten her pregnant. Her family did not like him and had warned her to stay away from him, but this just made her "love" him more. Unfortunately, Cassie's parents were right. Duke was abusive and Cassie feared for her life. He isolated her and she was ashamed and afraid. When she finally left him and moved back to Washington, she began building a life for her daughter Aimee and herself. It wasn't easy, her sisters were not open and welcoming and she didn't have much money.

This book highlighted an important issue, domestic violence. It gave reasons why women remain in these situations and showed how much support is needed for women to start a new life. This was not the same happy story that some have come to expect from Debbie Macomber, but I really enjoyed it. It was wonderful to see what Cassie did with her life; the strength needed to make the choices she did, how hard it is to trust again and how she paid back those who saved her and her daughter. Now I can read the last book in this series knowing the full story behind some of the characters. A great read that I recommend to those who enjoy women's fiction. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
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"The Palmer sisters couldn't be more different. Karen, the eldest, is the responsible one the one who got the grades, married the perfect guy, and has two wonderful, high-achieving children. Cassie is the rebellious one, who got pregnant right after high school and married the wrong man, despite her family's misgivings. And Nicole is a free, creative spirit, who's always been indulged and pampered as the baby of the family who could do no wrong. These differences were enough to drive the three sisters apart over the years, but their mother's unexpected death makes them realize that she would have wanted them to repair old wounds and let bygones be bygones. What they discover is that none of their lives are as perfect as they seem, and despite their differences, they're the only family each other can depend on. A heartwarming illustration of all the ups and downs of life, and the sometimes fraught, but always enduring, relationship between sisters.

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