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Last One Home (New Beginnings #1)

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Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close -- until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite -- a sentiment that weighed heavily o ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1st 2015)
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Karen The sequel is out now, and is called "A Girl's Guide to Moving On". It's Nichole's story.
Lindsey Yes, I thought it felt very rushed. I'd have liked more development, seeing the sisters grow fond of one another again.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I only read this book because of a Goodreads challenge to get my badge. So, I went and read the audio because I didn't think I would like it. WRONG! I loved this book =) Now I will have to buy a physical copy and do a proper review one day. You all know I can read a book for the first time without following a long in the book to give a proper review.

The narrator was awesome too!

I can say that I loved the characters and the story line. And look at that cover! I want to jump right in the scene!
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Denise
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
The cover of this book is beautiful and I wanted to be in that gazebo. Unfortunately, for me, that was the best part of this book. The plot had promise but between the characters and the slow progress in the plot line I lost interest many times. The author kept repeating many facts throughout this book. Cassie's daughter is immature and annoying and I did not become engaged with Cassie, her sisters or Steve. This book left me wondering if there is a part two. On a positive point, I liked the par ...more
Lisa
This was a bit of a Debbie downer. Not our usual light and heart-warming Debbie. It wasn't a bad story, but I think I prefer the series to the stand-alones. And the topic of domestic violence, though handled gracefully, made for a bit of a heavy topic. I like to listen to Debbie Macomber books: the narrators are usually fantastic and the stories are light and easy to follow, with characters that I enjoy getting to know. However this particular book had a terrible narration. Her voice is so dragg ...more
Beth
What a stunningly realistic and heartfelt story of three sisters finding their way back into each other’s lives.

Cassie is the main focal point of this story. She left home young, pregnant and with an abusive boyfriend/husband. Running for her life to save herself and her daughter, Cassie’s family turns their back on her in her time of need. In their defense, the family didn’t know Cassie circumstances but that she didn’t return home when her father passed away, causing deep hurt and resentment.

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Carol
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story, not part of any of her series, although I would be happy to read more about these three sisters and their families. A hopeful, yet realistic look at one woman putting her life back together and reconnecting with her family and the rest of the world. I learned more about Habitat for Humanity and the work that they do.
Ashley
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
A lot of the ladies in one of the Facebook reading groups I am in love Debbie Macomber which made me want to give one of her books a shot. Last One Home is the first book by this author I have read, and it was kind of so so for me - not really great but not bad either. The story revolves around three sisters who have grown apart over the years, one more so than the other two. Cassie ran away from home when she was only 18 to marry the supposed love of her life, but Cassie didn't get to have the ...more
Christine
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always love reading Debbie Macomber books, her books are filled with pain, family, love, growth, forgiveness, and happy endings. This book was a GOODREADS win for me, so thank you Goodreads. I liked the characters in this book, Cassie, Nichole and Karen, Cassie moved away from her entire family, and stayed away for several years, due mostly to a huge misunderstanding, all of the sisters learned a good lesson, all humans make mistakes and forgiving is a huge part of everyone lives.

Thank you Go
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Rebekah
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Oh my. Debbie Macomber is certainly a very careful writer. She writes like she is a teacher trying to explain something to a class. Oh so patient, so organized, so so didactic. Yet, she is very easy to read and I finished this book in half a day. The romance was blah and kind of sacharine and predictable. Skipped through most of the formulaic stuff between the heroine and her love interest. But the interaction between the 3 sisters was very realistic and interesting. The happenings to the sister ...more
Amy Vida
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so grateful for receiving a copy of this book. This had a a great story which I finished in one day. The characters were easy to relate too, and I really liked how Debbie Macomber ended the book. I am hoping there will be additional books to finish the sister's stories.
Obsidian
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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 you
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Sultry Steamy Reading
I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Debbie Macomber is one of the household names when it comes to romance novels and chick lit or women's fiction. Her formula is already tried and tested. I, myself, have read several of her books, and they always provide good entertainment. I'm not always a fan of hers, but I have to admit that's really a great writer.

Last One Home is a book about three sisters who've drifted apart and are now faced with certain conseq
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Dixie-Lee Campbell
Enjoyed the whole book ! Emotional, romantic, humorous and ongoing challenges throughout the book. Cassie met her challenge with inner strength ! By the time reaching the end of this book I had a hankering for KFC ... and the craving lingered for sometime. Well done !
Aisling
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm. If you're a Macomber fan, this will probably work for you. The author's usual intertwining and slow reveal of characters lives is still there. Characters you care about. And a nice uplifting arc of a story. The main character, Cassie, is strong and admirable although weirdly unable to stop her 12 year old from being too involved in her (the mother's) dating life. The issues her sisters face (Nichole especially) are a little too predictable and for me the biggest issue (the spent inheritance ...more
Kristen Anderson
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it
The main thrust of this book is Cassie trying to rebuild her life after spending years of struggle- first as an abused wife, and then trying to get her life together and raise her daughter after leaving her abuser. Her sisters, still angry over how she left home years ago, have made no attempts to help her at all, except to give her some old furniture they didn't want after they claimed all of the rest of their parents belongings. I was a bit put out on Cassie's behalf at how callous her sisters ...more
Leona
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was much better than other more recent work that I have read by DM.

This is a realistic (and very sad) portrayal of a woman trying to piece her life back together after being brutally abused by her husband for many years. The story was well written and compelling, but in my opinion it dragged a bit in places and there were elements that should have been further developed. Thus only three stars, versus a 4 or 5. But it was still worth the investment of time. If you enjoy this author's work, t
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Thishufflepuffreads
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, can we talk about that book cover?! It’s so beautiful! Reminds me of the gazebo in my hometown.

I recently got a hold of this book in the series and I’m happy I did! It was SOO good! I’ve read Debbie’s books in the past and while this one isn’t as light-hearted and “hallmarky”; I still loved it.

I’m really excited to continue following the lives of Cassie, Karen and Nichole. What happens with Steve?! And Jake! So many unanswered questions!
Heather Lire
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect but overall I really liked this story. While Cassie is the main focus we also get to see her sisters lives which added to the richness off the story. The only reason I didn't give it a 5* was there was a couple of story threads that were left unresolved.
Twilight
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one!
Leslie
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Last One Home is not what I would consider a straight up romance. There is a romance but the sisters' relationships and their attempts at reconciliation is the driving force of the story. The main focus is Cassie and her desire to get back in touch with her sisters whom she has not seen since she left home at eighteen. Years have gone by with little communication between the sisters but that's all about to change.

Cassie Carter has done a lot of hard growing up since she left home as a teenager.
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Deana Dick
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cassie has escaped a very abusive relationship and is finally starting to get her life back on track . With her daughter , Aimee, they struggle to make ends meet , but at least they are safe. Cassie has lost touch with her sisters and has regretted leaving home so long ago. With both of her parents dead, Cassie misses having family to talk to.
Along the way, she meets a man named Steve. He is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. As Cassie finds out she has been approved to get a house from the
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Ruth
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
The Last One Home is Macomber's latest book. The main character, Cassie has left her husband Duke after years of abuse. She and daughter, Amy are hours away from where they lived with Duke, who is now in prison for that abuse. After relocating, Cassie trained to be a beautician and barely scrapes by in a crappy apartment where they never have hot water and the oven doesn't work. Cassie regrets running away from her family and remains estranged from them. When her parents died she couldn't even a ...more
Anna
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A story of resilience, strength, fresh starts and the bond of family. Cassie, caught up in the magic of young love, runs off with Duke upon discovering she is pregnant. Too soon, reality settles in and Cassie endures years of abuse and isolation. When she finally finds the courage to leave with their daughter Aimee, the ties to her sisters have been severed. Her parents both died during her marriage to Duke and she was unable to attend either of their funerals. Cassie has returned to her home st ...more
Ricki
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of Debbie Macombers stand alone books, and a fine book it is indeed! Gotta say, though, but I did find it predictable. It's the story of Cassie, a divorced mom who was in an abusive marriage, and her relationships with her sisters, Karen and Nichole, and Steve Brody who is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Cassie has been selected as a future owner of a Habitat home and needs to work sweat-equity hours to get the hour. Steve is the contractor she's working with. They don't get a ...more
Michelle
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story and family. I liked the explanations/plug about habitat for humanity. At some points it did feel a little like an ad for them, but it was good. I hope it helps others understand the importance of the program and do not act like Brit!

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Cathy Daniel
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
YAY! Was my first thought as I closed this book. In the beginning I found myself frustrated with the sisters callous treatment of Cassie and I also relate too much to her being a single parent myself and I found myself thanking God my family was and is nothing like hers! I too "ran away" after high school to marry but thankfully my family never held it against me like hers did. Blessed! So anyway that's why I was mad at first lol. Love the ending. It was perfect and I'm glad Cassie got her happy ...more
Teresa
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Read it in two days. Debbie Macomber is just an awesome storyteller. Cassie made a bad decision that tore her away from her family. She put herself into an abusive relationship that eventually led to Duke being incarcerated. Now out of Duke's reach, she is putting her and her daughter's (Aimee) life back together. Her strength and determination show that people can get out of bad situations if they act and work hard to make their lives better. Meeting Steve was awesome and sho ...more
Angela
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Debbie never disappoints! I always feel good after I read one of her books. This is a heartwarming story about three sisters. I'm always left wishing there was more. Not because the story wasn't good, but because I want to keep reading about Debbie's characters lives.
Elizabeth
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Great start to a new series!
Gwen
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
a quick fun read
Laurie
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Author is at it again! Enjoyed this greatly, quick read and helped me out of a reading rut and can’t wait to start book 2!!
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“As if this was more than she could imagine, Amiee asked, “What about a stove with more than two burners and an oven that actually works?” “All yours,” Steve assured her.” 1 likes
“Everything going well in here?” Steve asked, stepping into the room to check their progress. “Moving like a runaway freight train,” Cassie assured him. “Then slow down. There’s no need to rush.” “Aye, aye, Captain,” she teased. He smiled and returned to the kitchen, where he was laying down linoleum with George. “Steve says that at the pace we’re” 0 likes
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