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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

An inspiring 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 31, 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.

Praise for Last One Home 

“Fans of bestselling author Macomber will not be disappointed by this compelling stand-alone novel.” (Library Journal)

“Family, forgiveness and second chances are the themes in Macomber’s latest stand-alone novel. No one writes better women’s contemporary fiction, and Last One Home is another wonderful example. Always inspiring and heartwarming, this is a read you will cherish.” (RT Book Reviews)

“Tender, real, and full of hope.” (Heroes and Heartbreakers)

“Once again, Ms. Macomber has woven a charming tale dealing with facing life’s hard knocks, begging forgiveness, and gaining self-confidence.” (Reader to Reader)

“Macomber never disappoints me.... She always manages to leave me with a warming of the soul and fuzzy feelings that stays for days.” (Fresh Fiction)

©2015 Debbie Macomber (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Not the authors best work at all. Horrible character development and the story was flat and predictable. I may Never want KFC again!

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  • Donna Gilleece-Smith
  • 2017-04-04

I fear the narrator distracted me

I fear the narrator distracted me so much that I didn't care for the story. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors and I have to say I don't think she's ever written a story I haven't enjoyed. The narrator got on my nerves so bad I had to speed up the pace. No one around where I lives talks like that in real life. I saw reviews stating the narrator was an issue and I listened to the sample but I thought I could listen to the book. But I guess it must have just distracted me because I just wasn't liking the story then either.

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  • pewter
  • 2015-03-12

Enjoyable Story, Debbie Macomber Style

Debbie Macomber delves into family, especially the relationships among three sisters, in Last One Home. This novel has extremely compelling true-life situations of domestic abuse, poverty, suicidal depression, teen pregnancy, infidelity, and family guilt. While this storyline could have been the basis for a darkly depressing tome, Debbie Macomber's style is to find hope in any human situation. To that end, the most depressing details are told either as hearsay or past remembrances, allowing the overall story to remain hopeful. Macomber uses romance and family relationships, if not to overcome all the problems, at least to keep difficulties in proper perspective.

Habitat for Humanity plays an important role in the story and reminds me of the wonderful work they do. Rebecca Lowman does a good job with the narration. Overall, without being overly graphic or deep, this is an enjoyable story.

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  • Karen B.
  • 2017-05-22

disappointing

Though the story line held promise after 2 hours of listening I found the narrator's delivery annoying. Wimpy and whiny. I returned the book.

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  • J. Consentino-Mitchell
  • 2015-05-06

Great!!!!

Such a great book- would highly recommend.

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  • KS
  • 2017-11-17

Narrator & Daughter Hard To Take

Enjoyed the story for the most part.

The narrator’s intonations got on my nerves to the point where I thought I wouldn’t be able to finishing listening to this book. Listening in small batches helped and I finally finished.

What bothered me most about the story was how whiny & immature the daughter she seemed for her age. She also didn’t listen to her mother well, but the mother didn’t put a stop to her behavior and at times seemed to act like it was cute. Add that whiny behavior to the narrator’s voice and it was just almost too much to handle.

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  • Tammy
  • 2015-03-27

Beautiful, Have some tissues handy!

I love how the book brought light to Habitat for Humanity. I think every reader can relate to one of the sisters in one way or the other and appreciate each of their journeys toward home.

Debbie has once again written a beautiful story!

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  • Cherlyn Auvinen
  • 2015-03-20

I loved this book.

I like the hardships that fell into all of their lives and that it was all so real.
Thank you

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  • Marion
  • 2015-04-26

Exceptional book!

It was very close to my heart. Made me cry. I recommend it highly.
I hope you enjoy it very much.

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  • KC San Diego
  • 2018-12-29

Sisterly love prevails.

The story brings hope that no matter what life brings you can survive it all.

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  • Lisa Mary
  • 2015-03-26

Different from our usual Debbie

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was not bad, though it was a bit of a downer. I think I prefer Debbie Macomber's series to her stand alone novels. But what really did this one in for me was the narrator. I think they slowed her voice down or something. It was so draggy. There was no energy to her voice. I had to crank it up to a 1.5 speed, even a 2 at times.

Would you recommend Last One Home to your friends? Why or why not?

I would probably only recommend this one to serious Debbie Macomber fans or readers interested in the topics of overcoming domestic violence and Habitat for Humanity.

How could the performance have been better?

I think this one needed a completely different narrator. The subject was a bit serious, and paired with this draggy narration, it just really brought the whole experience down. There was no energy to the performance, and the voice that the narrator used sounds very forced.

What character would you cut from Last One Home?

I don't think I would have cut any characters, but I would have liked more of Nicole's story line. That was the most intriguing character to me, because things were clearly not what they seemed. That was the best part of the book for me.

Any additional comments?

Debbie Macomber's books are some of my favorites, but this one just missed the mark with me. I would highly recommend her Blossom Street series, which has fabulous narration, and also her Cedar Cove series, which also has a phenomenal narrator. I'm a loyal fan of Debbie Macomber, but this one just wasn't one of my favorites.

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