If You Could See What I See

Kensington Books #ad - For decades, and baubles, satin, the women in Meggie O'Rourke's family have run Lace, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical. She envisions something flip and funny, but the confessions that emerge are unexpectedly poignant. And as the revelations illuminate her family's past, Meggie begins to find her own way forward.

. In fact, if meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, by her grandmother, Oregon, she'd be inclined to stay away all together. In this moving, insightful new novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb delves into the heart of going home again, the challenge of facing loss--and the freedom of finally letting go.

If You Could See What I See #ad - Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus. Since her husband's death a year ago, Meggie's emotions have been in constant flux, and so has her career as a documentary film maker. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous.

With warmth and unflinching humor, if you could See What I See explores the tender truths we keep close--and what can happen when we find the courage to bare them to the world. To draw customers to their website, Meggie decides to interview relatives and employees about their first bras and favorite lingerie.

The dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional.


The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Kensington Books #ad - But her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front. For decades, madeline has lived in fear of her traumatic past becoming public. With one bold, unprecedented move, madeline o'shea may just wake up out of the sadness and guilt that have kept her sleepwalking through life for so long-and discover that the worst thing that can happen is sometimes the very thing we desperately need.

. Madeline o'shea tells people what to do with their lives. A renowned life coach, she inspires thousands of women through her thriving practice-exuding enviable confidence along with her stylish suits and sleek hair. And as she allows her resistance to thaw, the pain she expects pales in comparison to the surprises headed straight to her door.

The First Day of the Rest of My Life #ad - As the demons of the past swirl around her, a tough, handsome judge with a gentle heart is urging Madeline to have faith in him-and in herself. Only madeline's sister, annie, and their frail grandparents know about her childhood--but lately Madeline has reason to wonder if her grandparents also have a history they've been keeping from her.

The first day of the rest of my life is an eloquent and triumphant tale of a fierce act of love, a family's legacy, and one woman's awakening to her own power-with no secrets. Now a reporter is reinvestigating the notorious crime that put Madeline's mother behind bars, threatening to destroy her elaborate façade.


The Last Time I Was Me

Kensington Books #ad - When jeanne stewart stops at the opera man's cafe in Weltana, Oregon, to eat pancakes for the first time in twelve years, she has no idea she's also about to order up a whole new future. Staying at a b&b run by the eccentric, endearing Rosvita, she meets a circle of quirky new friends at her court-ordered Anger Management classes.

Yet the most surprising discoveries are still to come--a good man who steadily makes his way into her heart and a dilapidated house that with love and care might be transformed into something wholly her own, just like the new life she is slowly building, piece by piece. Now, en route to her brother's house in Portland, Jeanne impulsively decides to spend some time in picturesque Weltana.

As heartfelt as it is hilarious, and finally letting go of everything we thought we should be, The Last Time I Was Me is a warm, opening up, wise novel about breaking down, in order to claim the life that has been waiting all along. I wrapped up my grandmother's tea cup collection and my mother's china, at midnight, with that moon as bright as the blazes, a gold necklace with a dolphin that my father gave me two weeks before he died of a heart attack when I was twelve and, then grabbed a violin I'd hidden way back in my closet that made me cry, I left Chicago.

The Last Time I Was Me #ad - Jeanne certainly had her reasons--her mother's recent death, and the assault charges that resulted when Jeanne retaliated in a creative way against him, the discovery that her boyfriend had been sleeping with a dozen other women, involving condoms and peanut oil. Like jeanne, all of them are trying to become better, braver versions of themselves.

It's been barely a week since she succumbed to a spectacularly public nervous breakdown in front of hundreds of the nation's most important advertising and PR people.


My Very Best Friend

Kensington Books #ad - From a childhood friendship sustained over years and distance, and the challenges that can change everything for the better… Charlotte Mackintosh is an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance, Cathy Lamb’s poignant novel tells of two women whose paths converge with unforeseen results—and reveals the gift of connection, to a journey of discovery, and remains a mystery to her fans.

. And then there is her very best friend, Bridget, who lives in Scotland, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. And as she is drawn deeper into the community she thought she’d left behind, Charlotte learns not only more about her dear friend, but about herself—and discovers a new and unexpected path.

Hurt by the silence, an opportunity arises to find answers—and maybe much more. Charlotte must finally return to Scotland to sell her late father’s cottage. Bridget, whom charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped. In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington.

My Very Best Friend #ad - It was his tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks. But her plans are slowed when she’s confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the irresistible garden—and Toran, Bridget’s brother.


Julia's Chocolates

Kensington Books #ad - Meeting once a week for drinks and the baring of souls, it becomes clear that every woman holds secrets that keep her from happiness. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author. In her deliciously funny, heartfelt, cathy lamb introduces some of the most wonderfully eccentric women since The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Secret Life of Bees, and moving debut, as she explores the many ways we find the road home.

And this time, she will not be able to run but will have to face it head on. There, an abused mother of four, among uppity chickens and toilet bowl planters, a minister's unhappy wife, warm, including a psychic, and often wise clan of women, Julia is welcomed by an eccentric, and Aunt Lydia herself--a woman who is as fierce and independent as they come.

The old julia dug her way out of a tortured, trailer park childhood with a monster of a mother. Nobody anywhere makes chocolates as good as Julia's, and now, chocolate just might change her life--and bring her love when she least expects it. Perhaps it was because it looked as if it had given up and died years ago and was still standing because it didn't know what else to do.

Julia's Chocolates #ad - I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota. But it can't keep her safe. Filled with warmth, the courage that defines us, and truth, the love that liberates us, love, Julia's Chocolates is an unforgettable novel of hope and healing that explores the hurts we keep deep in our hearts, and the chocolate that just might take us there.


Such A Pretty Face

Kensington Books #ad - At thirty-five, stevie is the one thing she never thought she’d be: thin. But for everything that’s changed, some things remain the same. In this warm, funny, thoroughly candid novel, and about to find herself for the first time…Two years and 170 pounds ago, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb introduces an unforgettable heroine who’s half the woman she used to be, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life.

Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away. Since that day, plants a garden for self-therapy, one who walks without wheezing, a new Stevie has emerged, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. She still can’t look her gorgeous neighbor in the eye. The portland law office where she works remains utterly dysfunctional, as does her family—the aunt, uncle, and cousins who took her in when she was a child.

Such A Pretty Face #ad - And with each revelation, she realizes the most important part of her transformation may not be what she’s lost, but the courage and confidence she’s gathering, day by day. As achingly honest as it is witty, and acceptance, such a Pretty Face is a richly insightful novel of one woman’s search for love, family, of the pain we all carry—and the wonders that can happen when we let it go at last.

Collaborating with her cousins to plan her aunt and uncle’s problematic fortieth anniversary party, who she wants to be, Stevie starts to find some surprising answers—about who she is, and how the old Stevie evolved in the first place. To top it off, her once supportive best friend clearly resents her weight loss.

By far the biggest challenge in Stevie’s new life lies in figuring out how to define her new self.


The Language of Sisters

Kensington Books #ad - As far as her parents are concerned, as should the mysterious past of their adopted brother, the pain of their old life and their dangerous escape should remain buried in the Moscow they left behind, Dmitry. From acclaimed author cathy lamb comes a warm and thoughtful novel about the secrets that can break or unite a family—and the voices that resonate throughout our lives.

. Toni kozlovsky can’t explain how she knows exactly what her sisters are feeling—only that the connection seems to happen out of the blue, just when they need it most. Toni fears she’s about to lose her home, while the hard edged DEA agent down the dock keeps trying to break through her reserve. In julia bennett, cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true.

The Language of Sisters #ad - I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author. Youngest sister ellie is engaged to marry an Italian, breaking her mother’s heart in the process. Meanwhile, beneath the culture clashes and endearing quirks within her huge, noisy, loving family are deeper secrets that Toni has sworn to keep—even from the one person she longs to help most.

As poignant as it is humorous, the language of Sisters explores the echoes of the past that can cling to the present—and how love, laughter, and family can rescue us time and again. Outstanding praise for cathy lamb and her novels  if you could see what i see“lamb’s story is earnest, at times, heartwarming and, heartbreaking.


What I Remember Most

Kensington Books #ad - With covey refusing to exonerate her unless she comes back to him, Grenadine once again takes the advice given to her so long ago: she runs. In a new novel rich in grace, and courage, warmth, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb tells of one woman's journey of reinvention in the wake of deep betrayal. Grenadine scotch wild has only vague memories of the parents she last saw when she was six years old.

Hiding out in a mountain town in central Oregon until the trial, she finds work as a bartender and as assistant to a furniture-maker who is busy rebuilding his own life. And grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence. But even far from everything she knew, grenadine is granted a rare chance, her fears, as potentially liberating as it is terrifying--to face down her past, and live a life as beautiful and colorful as one of her paintings.

What I Remember Most #ad - In julia bennett, cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author. But she's never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run.

The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely.


No Place I'd Rather Be

Kensington Books #ad - Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame. Or tears. Some have been smeared by water. The result, like much of her life to date, her blunt grandma, involves a parade of near-disasters and chaotic appearances by her doctor mother, her short-tempered sister, and Olivia’s two hilarious daughters.

The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. Generations of women have shared these recipes, offering strength and nourishment to each other and their loved ones. The project is messy, real—and an unintended hit with viewers. Even more surprising is the family history Olivia is uncovering, and her own reemerging ties to Montana, and to Jace.

No Place I'd Rather Be #ad - . Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. Food, family, and secrets combine in cathy lamb’s emotional and deeply honest novel as one woman discovers the recipes and life lessons that have shaped her family’s past, and could guide her toward a second chance at happiness.

Two years ago, jace, olivia martindale left behind her Montana hometown and her husband, certain it was the best decision for both of them. In between the pages are intriguing mementos, a charm, a pressed rose, including a feather, and unfamiliar photographs. Hoping the recipes will offer a window into her grandmother’s closely guarded past, along with their favorite family cake recipes, Olivia decides to make each dish, and records her attempts.


A Different Kind of Normal

Kensington Books #ad - Jaden knows she needs to let go--of Tate, of her fears and anger, and of the responsibilities she uses as a shield. And she sees it in tate, the boy she has raised as her son ever since her sister gave him up at birth. He wants to try out for the Varsity basketball team. He's also a talented basketball player despite having been born with an abnormally large head--something Jaden's mother blames on a family curse.

And through a series of unexpected events and revelations, she's about to learn how. He wants his mom to focus on her own life for a change, maybe even date again. Beautifully written, tender and true, A Different Kind of Normal is a story about embracing love and adventure, and learning to look ahead for the first time.

A Different Kind of Normal #ad - Tate is seventeen, academically brilliant, funny, and loving. From acclaimed author cathy lamb comes a warm and poignant story about mothers and sons, family and forgiveness--and loving someone enough to let them be true to themselves. Tate, for his part, just wants to be a regular kid. Jaden bruxelle knows that life is precious.

She sees it in her work as a hospice nurse, a job filled with compassion and humor even on the saddest days.


Henry's Sisters

Kensington Books #ad - This time, the message is urgent—river requires open-heart surgery, and Isabelle and her sisters are needed at home to run the family bakery and care for their brother and ailing grandmother. Isabelle has worked hard to leave Trillium River, Oregon, behind as she travels the globe taking award-winning photographs.

Ever since the bommarito sisters were little girls, River, their mother, has written them a letter on pink paper when she has something especially important to impart. And all of them adore their brother, Henry, whose disabilities haven’t stopped him from helping out at the bakery and bringing good cheer to everyone in town.

Henry's Sisters #ad - But going home again has a way of forcing open the secrets and hurts the Bommaritos would rather keep tightly closed—Isabelle’s fleeting relationships, Janie’s obsessive compulsive disorder, and Cecilia’s plans to get even with her cheating ex-husband. Now, working together, unexpected ways to salve their childhood wounds, Isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, and the courage to grasp surprising new chances at happiness.

As irresistible as one of the bommarito’s giant cupcakes, Henry’s Sisters is a novel about family and forgiveness, mothers and daughters—and gaining the wisdom to look ahead while still holding onto everything that matters most. Still, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, a bestselling author, she and her sisters, share a deep, and Janie, Cecilia, loving bond.