Last One Home: A Novel
by Debbie Macomber
New York: Ballantine Books, 2015
Debbie Macomber is known for her series of books, but in "Last One Home" she decided to write a stand-alone novel focusing on the relationship among three sisters. Karen, Cassie, and Nichole were very close as children, but then Cassie ran away from home at age 18 to marry a man their parents did not approve of. This broke their parents' hearts and destroyed the relationship the sisters once had. Fast-forward thirteen years and Cassie is now a single mother trying desperately to build a new life for herself and her daughter after leaving her abusive husband. Karen and Nichole, meanwhile, have married and have children of their own. Left alone to deal with their parents' deaths, they split the inheritance, keeping only a few pieces of old furniture for Cassie if she wants to come get them.
"Last One Home" is about the power of sisterhood and forgiveness as well as second chances. There is a romantic element to the story as Cassie develops a relationship with Steve, a widower who lost his wife to cancer. He's a good man, but Cassie isn't sure if she can trust her heart.
"Last One Home" is a great, relaxing read to indulge in. It would make a great book to take with you to the beach over the summer.