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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451231444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassie Madison has it all: a high-powered advertising career, a stylish Manhattan apartment, and a sophisticated, rich, and gorgeous fiance. It's a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. And then there are all the bad memories, the heartache. When Cassie's estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it's time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years. When her father dies, he leaves the family home to Cassie, who can't wait to get rid of it and get back to New York, her job, and her fiance, even if it means having a developer tear down the house. But something keeps her in Walton, and she doesn't know if it's her mending relationship with her sister; the irresistible, aggravating Sam Parker, who wants her to preserve her house; or the feeling of finally being home. This sweet book is highly recommended. Alexandra Shrake
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Highly recommended. --Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

I grew up being a voracious reader and it was a natural step to turn my interest to writing. I have published 18 award-winning and bestselling novels including my January 2014 release, RETURN TO TRADD STREET, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number 6.

I write what others have termed "grit-lit"--southern women's fiction, as well as a contemporary paranormal mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. All of my books are set in the US South, and feature a female protagonist at a crossroads in her life.

I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, two children, and the cutest Havanese dog, Quincy, whom readers may recognize as General Lee in the Tradd Street series.

My upcoming book, A LONG TIME GONE, will be released by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing, on June 3, 2014. It's set in the Mississippi Delta where my mother was born and raised and where I spent many happy childhood summers.

Up next: the re-release of my first two books IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON and WHISPERS OF GOODBYE in 2015!

For more about me and my books, please visit my website at www.karen-white.com or follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/karenwhiteauthor and Twitter @KarenWhiteWrite.

Customer Reviews

This is a story that makes you laugh and makes you cry.
I could hardly put it down, and I can't wait to read more of her books!
S. Collier
It was a good story and her characters were well developed.
Sharon Jablonski

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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on June 27, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cassie is returning home to Walton, Georgia after a 15-year self-imposed exile from her family, after her sister Harriet ran off and eloped with Cassie's beau. Harriet and Joe now have five children that Cassie has never met. Now a successful advertising executive, with a fiance of her own, she returns home in time to say goodbye to her dying father, who in a last ditch effort to patch things up between the two sisters, has willed his home and all its possessions to Cassie in hopes that she'll return for good.

Cassie is reticent to see her sister, and still has ambivalent feelings for Joe. But what she doesn't count on is her feelings for old pal, Sam, who once was the class geek, and is now the respected town doctor. Sam has always had a crush on Cassie, but never revealed his true feelings (and when he does, he packs an emotional wallop). She is hoping to sell the house quickly and return to her fiance and her life in Manhattan; Sam has other ideas, as he tries to create a preservationist group to keep developers from turning her home into commercial property.

This story is so well written, and packed with so much humor and emotion, that it easily garners 5 stars. White manages to make you feel for the characters, and really relate to them (though Andrew was a bit one dimensional). And just when you think you know what is going to happen, a twist comes in to throw you off (though the supposed mystery really is not a mystery - you see that coming a mile away). I finished the book in a single day - I just couldn't put it down. It is very rare that a novel can elicit tears from a reader. "Falling Home" does that and more. It'll make you laugh, and it'll make you cry, but most of all, it will make you want to reconcile with your siblings. The Walton saga continues with "After the Rain."
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Marcia L. Hopkins on August 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's rare that I am moved to tears when reading a book. Movies can often make me cry but books, almost never. Falling Home managed to reduce me to tears but that is certainly not why I loved this story and it is not my criteria for what constitutes a great book. But when a book can elicit that kind of emotional response from me it's because the story is well written, it's real and it has heart.
Cassie Madison has spent 15 years in Manhattan building an enviable and powerful career in advertising. She hadn't spoken to her younger sister, Harriet, in those years since Harriet ran off and married the love of Cassie's life. During her absence Cassie kept in touch with her father and would meet him in Atlanta for a weekend once a year but refused to return to her hometown of Walton. Cassie believes she has outgrown the small town life and has become a big city snob. The story begins when Cassie must return to Walton after receiving a phone call from her sister with the news that their father is dying.
Cassie leaves Manhattan, her job and her fiancé, Andrew, to return to Walton to see her father for the last time. After arriving in Walton one of the first people Cassie meets is the town doctor, Dr. Sam Parker, one of her childhood friends. Sam is no longer the nerdy, goofy kid she knew but has morphed into an incredibly gorgeous hunk and one of the towns most loved and respected citizens. There are surprises, mysteries, and twists in this book that kept me reading until 4:30 a.m. on more then one night. I could not put this book down! There is hardly an emotion that isn't played on in this story about returning home, old hurts and heartbreak, growing up, letting go, learning what is really important in life and finding one's heart.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on August 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cassie Madison had left her home of Walton, Georgia fifteen years earlier and had never looked back. Her heart had been broken by her younger sister Harriet's marriage to Cassie's long time love Joe. So she ran away to New York and made a new life for herself. But she can't refuse her dying father's wish to return home to Walton.
Returning to Walton is hard, but also a breath of fresh air. Old wounds have mended but new wounds are preparing to unleash themselves upon her soul. Her father is dying and secrets from his past are coming to light. And a childhood friend named Sam Parker is making her feel things that she had forgotten existed-even though she has a fiance in New York that she thought she was in love with.
FALLING HOME is one of those deep novels that I as a reader fall in love with. This is a book I refused to rush through, it was lyrical and beautiful, romantic and tragic. There were moments I laughed aloud, and times I pulled the Kleenex's closer. Cassie is a complex woman dealing with how the memories of her past are effecting her return home. This book should be shared with family and friends and a perfect book for a reader's group. I loved every page and look forward to many more books from Karen White.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Krista Lyn VINE VOICE on November 2, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Falling Home is one of the few romance novels that I've read that reads in some ways more like women's fiction. This is really Cassie's story, not Cassie and Sam's story.

This is a story about a woman coming home to the small town she left after her sister married her boyfriend...(I know..a very icky premise!) She's come in response to her dying father's last wish.

I pretty much had to force my way through the first half..I would've given it 1 star...it was very slow, not much romance...lots of painful family dymnamics. The last half improved immensely. There are some scenes in the last part of the book that were some of the most poignant, powerful, emotion filled pages I've ever read. Reminiscent of the movies "Beaches" and "Steel Magnolias" I sat on my bed and sobbed. It is truly rare that a book can make me do that. In those moments I felt like I was reading a book that was worthy of a 5 star rating. In rating this book I decided to split the difference between my two experiences and give it a 3 star.

Now for my closing remark. There is a sequel..."After the Rain". I think you could categorize people well in to two groups...those who are interested in reading After the Rain and those who aren't. I loved Joe and Harriet to much to read it. I won't spoil it with any more details. If you read this book, you'll know exactly what I mean. I guess I'm one of those hopeless romantics that believes you get one TRUE love per lifetime.
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