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Falling Home (Falling Home #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,946 Ratings  ·  607 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author

Revised and expanded for this new trade paperback edition, Karen White's novel tells a poignant story of two estranged sisters. At twenty Cassie Madison left her hometown of Walton, Georgia, for New York City, where she has reinvented herself-from losing herself in her career to squashing her accent. But one night a single phone
Paperback, 437 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books (first published June 1st 2002)
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May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
My Thoughts:
This book has it all....a great family story, love, heartbreak, secrets, humor, sadness....and it's written beautifully. I finished this book in one day and resented whatever chore took me away from reading. I absolutely loved spending time with these characters and the town of Walton. It made me a bit nostalgic for my childhood days and upbringing. I lived in a small town where everyone knew you and your parents. If you were misbehaving your mom knew about it before you could bicy
Kim Justice
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, the plot was entirely predictable (and seemed like a pretty close cousin to "Sweet Home Alabama"). But it was so beautifully written, that I let the author take me there. Even if I saw what was coming, I still wanted to be swept away into the world that White creates. White does "Southern" very well, both aptly poking fun at some of the things we do and yet maintaining the integrity of the things we southerners hold so dear.
Nov 07, 2010 added it
After having read a few Karen White books, I have to confess that I have fallen in love with her writing style and how her stories always seem to warm and touches my heart. Needless to say, when the publicist contacted me and asked if I would like to review Karen White's Falling Home, I didn't even have to think about it.

As the title indicated, Falling Home is a coming home story. However, there are more to it than about just having the protagonist coming home; it is also a story about forgiven
Imagine a Hallmark movie, but as a book. If you don't know what I mean by that, let me assure you that the Hallmark channel has tons of movies that center around some of these same themes: big city is bad, career-oriented thinking is bad...well, you get the picture. The following quote stunned me:

"Her MBA training and years of working in New York had taught her to ignore the twinge of conscience."

All this time, I thought an MBA was an accomplishment for the hard-working and disciplined, but now
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I thought I was the target audience for this book.

Ahhhhh....something about jumping ship from your current circumstances and finding (or in this case, rediscovering) a new, simpler life somewhere else, is incredibly appealing to me. (I'm not ready to analyze why! :) Yet, this book missed the mark. I listened and listened to 15 and a half long hours of a winding plot and repeated sentences. Did I mention how LONG it felt? The best stories are those where you wince as the pages fly by, because yo
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, romance
Lately I have been very choosey about ARCs that I agree to read. I find that it is a very narrow road for me, whether I will like a book or not, and I am not the kind of person who enjoys simply saying "I do not like this book," because someone took the time and energy to create the characters and the story and write it. Inevitably there are people who will like it, it's just in that instant, it wasn't me. This is a horrible way to preface this entry, because this is not what happened with this ...more
Dee Gurganus
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are so many stories of girl leaves home to escape something then comes back due to some tragedy. Why do I keep reading them? Ms White's "Falling Home" is an excellent reason why. I was first intrigued when I read the author's notes that the edition I was reading was a release of a previous version that she updated. But the character development was so will done and the story line so intense that it held me hanging on every page. Cassie is a single career girl who left home when her sister ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Glad this book is done. Not a ringing endorsement, I know. Sounded somewhat interesting when I picked it up at the library, but it was just a predictable, cheesy mess sometimes. How many stories have this same plot: small town girl, traumatic event, leaves small town, goes to big city, "makes something of herself", returns to small town for whatever reason as a high-fashion, too-good-for-this NYC snob, falls in love with local guy and small town again, has epiphany about life and family and root ...more
I thoroughly enjoy Karen White's writing and Falling Home is just another book by her that I really liked. I love the way she writes of problems that we all encounter in everyday life and how many, but not all of these problems can be overcome.

Falling Home is the story of two sisters: Cassie Madison who returns to her small home town of Walton, GA after being in NYC for 15 years and the other sister Harriet who stayed and married and was raising six children. The story incorporates the good wit
I really enjoyed this book up until the point that a main character got cancer and then I felt miserable about the whole thing and very annoyed. It reminded me of Fault in Our Stars by John Green. At least in his book the plot was NOT predictable for me. In this book I could easily see what going to happen chapters ahead. (this is what happens when you read too much) There are many small things that I enjoyed like all the old Southern sayings. I loved those.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mf, 2014-read, print-books
Man I thought this was gonna be so cheesy but it turned out so sweet. I love family oriented stories and this had just a beautiful ending. :)
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, chick-lit
Really enjoyed this book. Great chick lit.


Only bad news came at three in the morning. Births and engagements were always announced in the bright light of day. But bad news came at night, as if the sun were already in mourning.

He said that Georgia dirt would always stick to the soles of my shoes, regardless of how many elocution lessons I took.

She studied the endless asphalt stretched out in front of her, the dotted line like a yellow brick road to follow home.

He said it was okay to b
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, karen-white
Cassie is the main heroine and she is flawed, spoiled and repugnant; however, the reader will learn to look past these flaws in character and become attached to her anyway. I look forward to reading the second book in this series.
Annie Noblin
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May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good! I was expecting a story about a Southern girl that leaves home and has to come back years later. This was so much more than that. It’s about finding yourself; it’s about family; it’s about life. I fell in love with the people and felt like I was there and knew everyone. My only criticism at all was the author’s bad accent on the audio. I don’t like when a bad Southern accent is used. That did not keep me from totally enjoying this wonderful story though. 4.5 Stars.
Nagyon szép történet, az elején édes és humoros, de rendesen megkönnyeztem a végére. Az írónő szépen és élvezetesen ír, déli bájjal és humorral. Remélem még találkozunk
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
In the past year or so, Karen White has become one of my favorite writers, and I have enjoyed discovering her earlier books. According to Goodreads, this is the seventh book of hers that I have read. Falling Home was first published in 2002, and after revisions, it was re-released in 2010. It was interesting to read something she had written so long ago, and I could see that even then, she used some of the same plot devices. In The Color of Light she used old letters and a child's treasure box t ...more
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falling Home by Karen White
Contemporary Romance -Nov. 2nd, 2010
3 1/2 stars

When Cassie’s sister, Harriett, eloped with Cassie’s fiance, Cassie left Walton, Georgia and never looked back. For fifteen years, Cassie stayed in New York, burying herself with work and reinvented herself. She got rid of her Southern accent and her penchant for eating fried foods. She never went back home to visit and refused to keep in contact with her sister or her family. Now fifteen years later, her father is dying a
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh man! What to say about this book?! I really enjoyed it! It was a really sweet story, sometimes awkward, sometimes romantic, sometimes frustrating, but still very good. This book centers around Cassie and her baby sister Harriet. We do get another POV from Harriet's oldest daughter, Maddie too. The cast of characters were pretty cool; the rest of Harriet's brood, her husband, Aunt Lucinda, and Dr. Sam Parker and his parents actually. And can I just say, 'hello gorgeous' to the good doctor by t ...more
4.5 stars I've recently become aware that I might be missing out by having not known or never read any books by Karen White. While I wait for The Sound of Glass to become available in paperback I thought I'd try an audiobook by her.

I enjoyed it very much. It was a little slow moving to start with, but after awhile the story most certainly picked up pace and action. I liked Cassie who had fled from her home when her sister married the man she loved and she'd never returned for fifteen years. I li
Linda Day
What did I think ? I think this was a 2-3 borderline. Had I read this first, I never would have read "On Folly Beach" which was a favorite 2011 of mine.

Ms. White says that this is a rewritten version of this earlier published book of hers. That does not speak well of the first !

It is, basically, the story of the on again, off again romance between Cassie and Sam, the reunion of Cassie w/her sister,and small-town life with all it's charm and frustrations. There is death. There is teen-aged angst.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falling Home is an entertaining, delightful, yet predicable, happily ever read. If you enjoy books set in the South, small town settings where everyone knows your name, filled with Southern Belles, rednecks as deemed by other white folks, genteel types, lots of drama, and melodrama galore then I definitely recommend Falling Home to you. However, I must warn you that one of the sisters will get on your last nerves and the author's overuse of family guilt to make a point became annoying as well. O ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-group
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Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Meh. Too predictable. Too hokey. Too "aren't all Southern towns quaint and aren't all Southerners the friendliest, down-home folks." And the love interest is a hot doctor? Come on. What I want to know, since I've been rating a lot of books lately with only two and three stars, is who are the editors??? What are they letting get published? What are their standards? I'd love to have an editors job. I'd love to read for a living but believe me, I'd be passing judgement and making recommendations fo ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this a high 3. I'm undecided as to whether I'd recommend it to a friend as the first third or half of the book was Sweet Home Alabama 2.0 and I knew at the beginning of the book what was going to happen to main character so it was predictable. That said the author did throw in 2-3 twists and turns I didn't expect and there's a mystery thread I found appealing. In the end, this book entertained me and it's sometimes nice to read a somewhat simple book of love and family and finding h ...more
4.5, enjoyed the audio and the story. I feel like I'm reading a Nicholas Spark's Cousin. But it contains happier moments than those do which makes them addictive rather than... a point of avoidance.

Two sister's separate by a hurtful act, come together to mourn their father. Things change immediately and at one point I thought it was a little to unrealistic. Sometimes the hurts take more time to heal, but I'm glad they ripped off the bandaid at least in stages. But this is minor compared to the "
Dec 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book after reading recommendations on Amazon in hopes of finding a new author I'd like. No such luck. The main character was not very likable and the situations EXTREMELY unrealistic. This is a rewrite of a book the author originally wrote 10 years earlier. She said she was so much happier with this one because she removed the melodrama from it. Um...nope. My first and last Karen White book. The mystery is why I hung in there through all 437 pages of this. Probably for the sensa ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the story is beautiful. I like reading how the characters interact with each other.
Knoxie is adorable and although Maddie is a confused girl, she is naturally kind.
The love story is rather predictable but sweet. Harriet's death's impact is a bit sugar-coated for me. everything seems to work just fine after she was gone and Lucinda took over the mother's job. Or maybe because the story is about to end it gives nothing more than that.

For the overall, I like the book.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book. It made me laugh, it made me flat out bawl my eyes out and it made me happy. This is a great book and a very clean book. I would recommend this to anyone. This is a story about loss, love, hope, forgiveness and finding ones self. I like the love story that plays out in this book and the relationships the main character builds with her sister's children and I like what she discovers about herself in the end.
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