by Karen White

June 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7338-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Falling Home is one extremely emotional read. It had me laughing a few times but mostly I was crying. The ups and downs of the story were like a roller coaster ride, you look at it one way but then it gives you an unexpected twist or turn.

Cassie Madison left the little town of Walton, George fifteen years ago and had not looked back. She found it easier as time went by to stay away, and she had planned to do just that until a late night phone call. It was her sister Harriet asking her to come home because their dad was very sick. Cassie had not heard her sistersí voice in all those long fifteen years.

Sam Parker is someone Cassie had not thought about in those years away from Walton. But as fate would have it, Sam was the first person she did see, and she had to accept a ride from him to her fatherís house. Sam was also the town doctor. Sam had loved Cassie for years and was glad she was back in town.

The romance between Cassie and Sam is stormy with many ups, down, twists and turns. Cassie has a hard time following her heart and we wonder if she ever will, hurting the people around her once again by her decisions she makes or lacks of making the one that would benefit the most.

The story itself is one full of love, regret, anger and amazement. Of things in the past that cannot be changed, the present that cannot be changed and one of the future that hopefully may be molded by the people in Walton that are one giant family. They come together and help out each other whenever they are needed and just like any small town they know everyone and what everyone is doing.

Ms. White has done an amazing job of the work she has created for all of us. The characters from Cassie and Sam to Cassieís family to everyone in the small town are wonderfully depicted of their strengths and weakness, their joy and sadness. Her description of the people and town place you right there with all of them. If you want an emotional read then pick this one up. You will not be sorry you did.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Pam.

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