Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite "happily-ever-after" story crafters! While A Good Yarn and Thursday's at Eight are my favorite Macomber books (I'm a big fan of her "Classics"), I enjoyed Last One Home. In the book, we meet the female protagonist Cassie Carter. Cassie, her father's clear favorite, grew up with a loving mother and two sisters. Cassie had a scholarship waiting on her following high school - she had a promising future ahead of her, that is, until she chose to run away and marry Duke. The story jumps forward to the current day, where Cassie is thirty-one and a single-mother raising her daughter on her own and trying to leave her difficult past behind. That difficult past included losing the ties she'd had with her family, and during that time, both her parents had sadly passed away.
Cassie is trying her best to work hard and move on. She tries to stay positive and look toward the future, rather than spend time dwelling on the past. Estranged from her sisters Karen and Nichole, Cassie is overwhelmed when she receives a letter from her older sister Karen. She wonders if this is a chance to reconcile. Could it be? Despite her anxiety and fears, Cassie tries her best to make amends with her sisters...and along the way, she finds new love - real love - in the most unexpected place.
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was well written. The book leaves the reader feeling happy. It is a great vacation or beach read -- or a book you can pick up when you want to feel a bit of hope. The book was a bit predictable, however, I still appreciated the undertones of compassion, love, connection, and the beauty of a fresh start. If you enjoy Debbie Macomber books, this is one to add to your "to read" pile!
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