Title: Falling Home
Author: Karen White
Publisher: New American Library – Penguin Group, Inc.
Release Date: November 1, 2010
Cassie Madison has it all: a high-powered advertising career, a stylish Manhattan apartment, and a sophisticated, rich, and gorgeous fiance. It’s a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. And then there are all the bad memories, the heartache. When Cassie’s estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it’s time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn’t seen in 15 years. When her father dies, he leaves the family home to Cassie, who can’t wait to get rid of it and get back to New York, her job, and her fiance, even if it means having a developer tear down the house. But something keeps her in Walton, and she doesn’t know if it’s her mending relationship with her sister; the irresistible, aggravating Sam Parker, who wants her to preserve her house; or the feeling of finally being home.
This book had been previously published in a slightly different version, and there had been some drama involved. But I’m extremely happy that it happened, because this book is amazing. It is more of an adult read, but mature young adults could read it as well.
This was recommended to me by a friend, and when she showed it to me, the cover had me immediately interested. The scenery was so pretty, and the legs with the bottom of the dress showing just seemed to tell of a lost soul. It’s really pretty, and as soon as I read the description I was hooked.
Cassie is a character with whom I immediately liked. I admired her and the writing voice that White wrote in because I completely understood how Cassie was feeling, especially since I have a stubborn streak, too. I loved how everything got very complicated and still seemed to sort itself out. And then there were the times when I wanted to scream at Cassie because the answer was right in front of her face. And of course, the moments when I desperately wanted her to figure something out on her own, but she couldn’t. But hey, nobody’s perfect, and it gave the story a sense of realism, especially with the fact that it made me cry several times as well.
Sam. Sam, Sam, Sam, Sam, Sam. LOVE HIM! Haha I seriously can’t believe that it takes Cassie so long and so much pain before things, er,heat up. There are some scenes that should be skipped, but not many. Although, the romance-novel-obsessed lady is also a tad inappropriate at times, too. But the small-town life was truly captured, I think, through this novel and it’s characters. The family dynamic in the story, too, is huge, forcing the focus to be on relationships and for characters to deal with their interpersonal issues.
I would definitely recommend this book to adults looking for a sweet, realistic fiction story. Despite the tears, this book has become, if not the favorite, then a favorite of mine.