Cassie Carter has had a tough life. Although she grew up in a loving family surrounded by two sisters, when she met Duke when she was a teenager, something changed in her and she became rebellious. Her family didn’t care for Duke, but they were in love and the only thing they had on their minds was to run away and marry. It didn’t help that Cassie was secretly pregnant. Once they ran away, Duke took her far from her family. He had every intention of keeping her so far away that her family wasn’t near to see what he had in store for his wife. Unfortunately, Duke started beating Cassie – a little here and there at first, but eventually it got to the point that Cassie needed medical attention more and more. She knew that if she didn’t leave her husband, her life and her daughter’s life was very much in danger. Eventually she did get away, and while Duke was in prison, she tried making a life for her and Amiee. It was a constant struggle, but she did the best she could. In the process of working multiple jobs, Cassie learns of Habitat for Humanity and begins volunteering there. It’s here that she meets many caring people, but one especially special person is Steve. Although their first few months working together were nothing short of horrible, eventually they get to know each other and something deeper develops between them. Do Cassie and Steve decide to take a chance on love again?
As always, I’m a diehard fan of Ms. Macomber’s work. I’ve followed her for years and never pass up any of her books. This book was no exception to that rule. Right from the start, my heart bled for Cassie and I wanted her to finally be able to provide a life for her and her daughter without having to struggle to make ends meet. I wanted her to know what true love was and feel what it was like to depend on a man that truly cared for her and her daughter. Steve fit that description in every sense of the word, but my heart bled for him too because he was still missing his beloved wife who passed away. Both Cassie and Steve were two lost souls needing to find their way home again. Ms. Macomber did another wonderful job with this latest standalone book. I highly recommend it!
Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Blossom Street and Cedar Cove series, delivers an inspiring new stand-alone novel about the enduring bond between sisters, the power of forgiveness, and a second chance at love.
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 on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.
Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.
A wonderful novel of perseverance and trust, and an exciting journey through life’s challenges and joys, Last One Home is Debbie Macomber at the height of her talents.