Falling Home

Falling Home

by Karen White
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Falling Home by Karen White

You know that saying about how sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug?

It's true. Take me, for example. I shook the Georgia dust from my feet fifteen years ago,vowing never to leave Manhattan. I traded sweet tea for Chardonnay, fried chicken for nouvelle cuisine, lazy days on my aunt's front porch for ad campaigns and board meetings, and the guy who broke my heart for my handsome boss, who soon became my fiance. Perfect, right?

Until my sister called. We haven't spoken since I left home--because she married the guy who broke my heart. What's more, she called to say my father is dying--but he refuses to finish until I show up. So I'm back in the hottest, dinkiest small town in Georgia, facing my sister and my old boyfriend over the heads of their--count them--five children. It couldn't get weirder, right? Unless you count Sam Parker--a long-forgotten classmate, now the town doctor--and how good he's beginning to look to me.

I'm falling apart, I think, wondering why resentment and wounded pride seem silly here in Walton, where forgiveness and acceptance go hand-in-hand with homecoming. And I'm beginning to suspect that I'm falling in love for real this time, with a man whose touch is so right, I feel like I'm... Falling Home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821773383
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/2002
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went OutFlight PatternsThe Sound of GlassA Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.

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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Exquisite imagery makes Falling Home a memorable story that reaches right into the heart and soul. As Cassie Madison rushes to her dying father, back to the place she left fifteen years ago with her heart in shreds, all the old emotions return to plague her. Even with her successful career in advertising and her engagement to her sophisticated boss, she fears her dad's comment that she will never get the red Georgia clay off her shoes might be true. As the people of Walton, Georgia still remember, Cassie gets mean when she gets scared. WOW! The reader sees this side of Cassie in full screen Technicolor as she struggles with all the feelings she ran from fifteen years ago, with new and even-more-extreme emotions pressing in. Sam Parker, Cassie's friend since childhood, knows all her flaws and fears. He meets her snobby New York attitude head on and gives her tit for tat. He is one darling of a hero! After medical school, he returned to Walton, the life style suits him. Making money is not his number one priority in life. While Cassie had kept her family at a distance, Sam has become close to her father, her sister Harriet and Harriet's husband Joe as well as their adorable children. He and Mary Jane, Cassie best girl friend in high school, run the clinic in Walton. To him Cassie's laugh is like "a coke freshly poured in a glass"-effervescent. Her hurts of long ago he'd helped her through and now he finds himself doing it again, but with a more mature view, he goads her to not run from, but to work through, her fears and hurts that had prompted many of her actions since the death of her mother so many, many years ago. Cassie and Sam strike sparks of each other. His kisses set off a crackle, pop, and sizzle like lightning in Cassie that makes her "knees melt like butter in a frying pan", but he refuses to be just temporary solace. He declares he will be all or nothing at all to her. Both are sorely tested as traumatic events set both their lives in upheaval when they are thrown together to work for the good of something more important than themselves. When Cassie's load gets to be more than she can handle, she weeps and fallings into Sam's arms and realizes it is like falling home. Harriet, who makes decisions with her heart and stands by them with unerring love, is amazing and her connection with Cassie awesome. However, the super strength and courage she shows as she deals with the inevitable is magnificent. Her oldest daughter Maddie, so much like her Aunt Cassie, suffers all the raw wounds of adolescents. She adds a new point of view for the happenings that is so different from what adults see, yet her Aunt Cassie seems to understand her. Many of the supporting characters like Ed Farrell, Aunt Lucinda, and Miss Lena play important roles in Cassie's "true coming of age". They add suspense, mystery, conflict, and abundant love. Karen White creates a story to be savored not to be rushed through-I found myself reading some passages again because they teased my senses, or touched my heart in a special way. She gives us imagery that lingers in the heart and mind long after the last word is read. Falling Home is one for the bookshelf to be read more than once. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance REviews
Katty20221 More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite novel from Karen White so far. I have read The Memory of Water, Pieces of the Heart, and Sea Change, but Falling Home was just beautiful. It's full of that southern charm and the ultimate unbreakable family love. This novel will make you cry for her family, fall in love with the man who never stopped loving cassie, and uncover secrets from the past. I plan on reading the rest of the novels from Karen White. I hope everyone will enjoy Falling Home as much as I did. I always hate it when I am done reading her her books they really become a part of you.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
Cassie Madison was a small town girl with big city dreams. After a she learns that her sister and her boyfriend have fallen in love and eloped together, she runs away from her small town of Walton to chase those big dreams, never giving it a second thought until the phone call comes that changes everything. Returning to her childhood home 15 years later to attend to her ailing father, Cassie must finally face old hurts and learn to forgive and forget, or run away once more. But this time there are new ties to hold her to Walton. Will those ties be strong enough to finally tether her down? I can always tell that I'm really "getting into" a story when I can see it playing out in my head. And this one very quickly took on a life of its own on the "big screen" in my mind. I soon saw scenes from the movie Hope Floats flashing in my mind, glimpses of town characters, the city streets. I love Cassie Madison. She is tough and tenacious, and has lost touch with her soft side long ago. However returning to her family and finding herself surrounded by her nieces and nephew begins to soften her up as she gets to play "aunt" for the first time. I sort of identify with Cassie, and I even posted recently on my Facebook status: "Is it bad to say that I identify with the character in the book that I'm reading that is described as "stubborn, bullheaded, and mean to boot"? Cassie returns to find an old school chum is now "Doctor" Sam Parker. And it seems that Sam prefers to spend his time acting as a thorn in Cassie's side. This, of course, brings some nice sexual tension to a storyline that is often wrought with emotion. Cassie must finally deal with the guilt of abandoning her family for all of those years, and the pain she endured as a result of the relationship between her sister Harriet and old boyfriend Joe. And along the way there is a little mystery, a little levity, and a lot of sincere emotion. I loved this story. It had such richness and depth. It hangs in one's mind like a good wine hangs on the tongue. It's full of truth and regrets and family and love. This story has heart.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Cassie has escaped a small town in Georgia she found absolutely stifling and has joined the world of a successful career and boyfriend in dynamic New York. But one phone call changes it all. Her father is dying and he wants to see her. Worst yet, she gets the message from her sister, who married the man Cassie once loved; and now they tell her she is needed. How can she return home and bear the pain of betrayed love and how will she respond to the town busybodies who feel they have the right to know the family's entire story? But Cassie's life is about to be turned upside down. For as many gossips and busybodies she meets, she is surprised that an old friend, Sam, the town doctor, a man she didn't even recognize as an old high school peer, takes an interest in her present circumstances. He's not about to be insulted or literally take her rebuffs as she repeatedly reminds him and everyone else that she's only back for a visit and her real life lies elsewhere. Wounds hide the love we all hold deep down for a place called "Home," a place with precious memories, a place that forms the fabric of who we become and will always be. What will the future hold for Cassie once those veneers of defensiveness and pain dissolve with a lot of patience and dedicated attempts to break down the walls of escape? Falling Home is even better than On Folly Beach, the author's most recent novel, and that's saying a lot!!! Get ready to curl up with this terrific novel and enjoy an unpredictable, engaging, and revealing story! Wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story line showing that you can go home again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read and not a book easy to put down. It is a story of sister's love and a wonderful story of family and community. I could not wait to read the follow-up book "After the Rain"! A must read!
wiscnd More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I hated to have it end. Was so glad the next one was laready available to finish the story
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
I cannot put my finger on exactly why I love Karen White's writing, but I do. Maybe it's that she so reflects problems of ever day life and the hope that we can over come them. Falling Home is a perfect example. Although Cassie can be a "B" at times, I can certainly understand her pain and the reason she fled from home. It is not that the North is Bad and the South is Good, (as some reviews indicate), it is that she had more of an opportunity to be obscure in such a large city versus a small country town. Home is home, whether it is in New York, New York or in Walton, Georgia. Once again, I loved Ms. White's characters and the Southern charm that she brought to the story. She so well reflects the good and the "not so good" of living in small town America. This is a book that covers topics of forgiveness, redemption, death, breast cancer, love and belonging. Be ready to laugh with a box of Kleenex in your lap because your tears will fall. I had only one regret when I was turning the page for the last time, and that was that the last two or three chapters jumped ahead a year or two. There were some critical, (for me anyway), events that I wish had been revealed. Oh well, I guess I'll leave it up to myimagination. :)
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Great read
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It was honestly one of my favorite books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two sisters, Cassie and Harriet, lives disengage over the love for the same man. Cassie, the oldest, returns home at the time of their father's illness and faces old wounds, friends, belonging and finds her place again in a small Georgia town. Harriet and her husband, once Cassie's beau, have made a nice life and a family of 5 children that have never met their estranged aunt. Over years, many family secrets have been buried and unravel as Cassie returns home and finds her life again in her home town. The sisters re-unite, old friendships are kindled and love blooms. This book precedes After the Rain....both are had to put down.
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gizmonian More than 1 year ago
Great book, easy read!!
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Falling Home is so good, that it is a Christmas gift to my girlfriends. They will fall in love with Karen White, I am sure!
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