It’s been a long time since I read a Debbie Macomber novel. I strongly favor the Regency period and the like. However, I am finally working on a book of my own-gasp!-and it is contemporary and “clean.” Who better to draw inspiration from than Macomber?
I decided to check out Last One Home. It has more than 1000 reviews on Amazon, and 87 percent of those are either 4 or 5 stars. Would that I could do as well.
Oh, the writing was top notch. You don’t sell 170 million books without having extraordinary skills. But the characters were stereotypes and the plot was predictable.
The redeeming quality, and the one that makes Macomber a best-seller, I suppose, was her willingness to tackle spousal abuse in a realistic, albeit subdued, manner. Cassie’s ill-fated marriage displayed all the warning signs. And her inability to escape until her life was threatened was sadly typical of many women in her situation.
The family dynamics with the other two sisters rang true. Cassie had been her father’s favorite; when she needed help, her sisters turned on her. Sometimes those sibling rivalries do last a lifetime. The reunions and forgiveness happened a bit too easily to be totally believable to me.
The fact that Cassie didn’t jump right in to a happily ever after was a pleasant surprise.
Macomber hasn’t become my first choice in reading material, but I give her the respect she deserves for integrity and longevity. Is she one of your favorites?