Happy Sunday reading everyone! I'm terribly busy with school and work, and slightly overwhelmed. Nonetheless I give you our For the Love of Dewey book review of Debbie Macomber's latest book Last One Home and a rating of 4 out of 5 coffee beans!
Let me start by saying I absolutely devoured this book, and read it under two days! (Way before I actually got a chance to post this.) You know how sometimes you need a book that just makes you feel good? One that balances out your current life with one that is fictional and leaves you feeling hopeful and happy, but not in an overly sappy way? Well, this book did just that for me.
In my Currently Reading post I gave you a bit of a synopsis of the first 50-something pages of this novel. I also mentioned that while the main character Cassie appeared to have a lot of good things going for her, I feared that by becoming involved in too many good things, she would begin to wear herself thin, in turn causing all of these good things to become a bad thing. Well, this kind of happened. Cassie had lost the extra part-time job that she took on and had some emotional set backs regarding new relationships. However, she did learn the importance of taking a step back, keeping her mind clear, and moving forward, which is perhaps one of the greatest lessons this novel has to teach us.
In this novel, Macomber reminds readers that no matter how bad life gets, or how down you feel, everything works in a cyclical motion. Just because you're down now, does not mean that you can't get back up again. But this works both ways. Cassie's sisters appeared to have perfect lives with perfect husbands. However, this idea of perfection did not last for long and eventually they too hit low points. Through this, Macomber reminds the reader that nothing lasts forever, both the good and the bad. While this can be scary -- that fear of being happy only to have the other shoe drop -- it is also reassuring to remember that life, just like fortune, is fluid.