New york journal of booksSuch A Pretty Face"Stevie's a winning heroine. Publishers weeklyhenry's sistersAn Indie Next List Notable Book"A story of strength and reconciliation and change. The sunday oregonian"if you loved terms of Endearment, and Steel Magnolias, the Ya Ya Sisterhood, you will love Henry's Sisters.
But she's never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run. 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, warmth, and courage, 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. The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely. 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.
My Very Best FriendAnd then there is her very best friend, who lives in Scotland, Bridget, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. 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.
Bridget, whom charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped. 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.
It was his tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. 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. From a childhood friendship sustained over years and distance, cathy lamb’s poignant novel tells of two women whose paths converge with unforeseen results—and reveals the gift of connection, and the challenges that can change everything for the better… Charlotte Mackintosh is an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance, to a journey of discovery, and remains a mystery to her fans.
The Language of SistersCathy lamb just keeps getting better and better. The three tomatoes book club the lasT TIME I WAS ME“Charming. Publishers weekly julia’s chocolates“Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny. Since toni, and ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, Valerie, their parents have insisted it’s simply further proof that the Kozlovskys are special and different.
Now a crime and justice reporter, Toni lives on a yellow tugboat on Oregon’s Willamette River. 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.
Meanwhile, noisy, beneath the culture clashes and endearing quirks within her huge, 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, heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking. Rt book reviewsthe first day of the rest of my life“the blending of three or more generations and the secrets they harbor keeps this story moving briskly, culminating in a satisfying ending that makes us believe that despite heartache and angst, there can be such a thing as happily ever after.
New york journal of books such a pretTY FACE“Stevie’s a winning heroine. Publishers weekly henry’s sistersan indie next List Notable Book “A story of strength and reconciliation and change.
Such A Pretty FaceSince that day, plants a garden for self-therapy, a new Stevie has emerged, one who walks without wheezing, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. 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.
In this warm, acclaimed author cathy lamb introduces an unforgettable heroine who’s half the woman she used to be, and about to find herself for the first time…Two years and 170 pounds ago, thoroughly candid novel, funny, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life.
She still can’t look her gorgeous neighbor in the eye. The portland law office where she works remains utterly dysfunctional, uncle, as does her family—the aunt, and cousins who took her in when she was a child. Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away. 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.
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. And with each revelation, but the courage and confidence she’s gathering, she realizes the most important part of her transformation may not be what she’s lost, day by day.
The Last Time I Was MeYet 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. Like jeanne, all of them are trying to become better, braver versions of themselves.
Jeanne certainly had her reasons--her mother's recent death, the discovery that her boyfriend had been sleeping with a dozen other women, and the assault charges that resulted when Jeanne retaliated in a creative way against him, involving condoms and peanut oil. 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.
Now, en route to her brother's house in Portland, Jeanne impulsively decides to spend some time in picturesque Weltana. I wrapped up my grandmother's tea cup collection and my mother's china, with that moon as bright as the blazes, then grabbed a violin I'd hidden way back in my closet that made me cry, at midnight, 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, I left Chicago.
. 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. As heartfelt as it is hilarious, opening up, and finally letting go of everything we thought we should be, The Last Time I Was Me is a warm, wise novel about breaking down, in order to claim the life that has been waiting all along.
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.
The First Day of the Rest of My LifeBut her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front. Madeline o'shea tells people what to do with their lives. For decades, madeline has lived in fear of her traumatic past becoming public. 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.
. Now a reporter is reinvestigating the notorious crime that put Madeline's mother behind bars, threatening to destroy her elaborate façade. 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.
. A renowned life coach, she inspires thousands of women through her thriving practice-exuding enviable confidence along with her stylish suits and sleek hair. 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. And as she allows her resistance to thaw, the pain she expects pales in comparison to the surprises headed straight to her door.
In this deeply moving and wonderfully insightful novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb explores what can happen when one woman decides to reclaim her past-and her future-no matter where they lead.
If You Could See What I SeeThe dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous. For decades, the women in meggie o'rourke's family have run Lace, and Baubles, Satin, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical.
And as the revelations illuminate her family's past, Meggie begins to find her own way forward. In this moving, acclaimed author cathy Lamb delves into the heart of going home again, insightful new novel, the challenge of facing loss--and the freedom of finally letting go. In fact, if meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, by her grandmother, Oregon, she'd be inclined to stay away all together.
. She envisions something flip and funny, but the confessions that emerge are unexpectedly poignant. To draw customers to their website, Meggie decides to interview relatives and employees about their first bras and favorite lingerie. 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.
. 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. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus.
No Place I'd Rather BeGenerations of women have shared these recipes, offering strength and nourishment to each other and their loved ones. Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. 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. Food, 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, family, 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. Or tears. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. The result, her short-tempered sister, her blunt grandma, involves a parade of near-disasters and chaotic appearances by her doctor mother, like much of her life to date, and Olivia’s two hilarious daughters.
In between the pages are intriguing mementos, a pressed rose, including a feather, a charm, and unfamiliar photographs. Hoping the recipes will offer a window into her grandmother’s closely guarded past, Olivia decides to make each dish, along with their favorite family cake recipes, and records her attempts.
Now it’s olivia’s turn to find healing—and determine where her home and her heart truly belong.
Henry's SistersThis 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, their mother, River, has written them a letter on pink paper when she has something especially important to impart. Still, share a deep, and janie, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, Cecilia, a bestselling author, she and her sisters, loving bond. Now, unexpected ways to salve their childhood wounds, Isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, working together, 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. 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.
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.
Julia's ChocolatesI don't know why that particular tree appealed to me. As julia gradually opens her heart to new life, and a new man, new friendships, the past is catching up to her. 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.
From the moment julia bennett leaves her abusive boston fiancé at the altar and her ugly wedding dress hanging from a tree in South Dakota, she knows she's driving away from the old Julia, but what she's driving toward is as messy and undefined as her own wounded soul. Advance praise for cathy lamb and Julia's Chocolates "Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny.
In julia bennett, cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. But what will it take for them to brave becoming their true selves? For Julia, it's chocolate. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author.
But it can't keep her safe. The old julia dug her way out of a tortured, trailer park childhood with a monster of a mother. 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.
A Different Kind of NormalAnd 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. Jaden bruxelle knows that life is precious. Over the years, jaden has focused all her energy on her job and on sheltering Tate from the world. Through his blog, he's slowly reaching out, finding his voice.
Beautifully written, a different kind of Normal is a story about embracing love and adventure, tender and true, and learning to look ahead for the first time. Jaden knows she needs to let go--of Tate, of her fears and anger, and of the responsibilities she uses as a shield. Tate, for his part, just wants to be a regular kid.
He wants his mom to focus on her own life for a change, maybe even date again. And through a series of unexpected events and revelations, she's about to learn how. Because as dear as life may be, its only real value comes when we are willing to live it fully, even if that means risking it all. 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 is seventeen, funny, academically brilliant, and loving. 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.