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The First day of the Rest of My Life

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Heartwrenchingly beautiful

I love all of Cathy Lamb's books, especially Julia's Chocolates. This story was beautifully written and mind absorbing. I cried and laughed. It is worth the read.

posted by quietmind on July 31, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Didnt like it at all!!!!

I'm not sure I read the same book as the other reviews, the first 100 or so pages, really told no story. Almost painful. Just told about her house and other womens storys. Very disapointed. If you want to read a good book by this author try Henrys Sisters.

posted by 7945972 on March 27, 2012

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    "A Book That Will Touch and Hold Your Heart"

    What a poignant story this is! We follow Madeline O'Shea from her scarred childhood to her rise to fame as a renowned life coach as an adult. Madeline learns all of the fame, glory, and extravagance cannot erase the horrific memories of the childhood abuse she, as well as her beloved, chainsaw-wielding, withdrawn from life, Sister Annie endured for the sake of those they love, nor can it keep their talented Grandmother; Emmanuelle, from falling deeper and deeper into the dark pit of Dementia. I guarantee you will love Madeline and Annie's pistol-packing Mama, the original "Pink Girl" herself; Marie Elise O'Shea, whose never-ending love and guidance is an inspiration, not only to her family, but to friends and the clientele of "Marie Elise's French Beauty Parlor". You'll chuckle over the zany group of clients Madeline deals with in her practice (especially the Giordano Sisters) as well as their antics. Through all of the trials and tribulations, the O'Shea Sisters learn very valuable lessons with the help of their family, longtime steadfast friend Steve and love struck Bertie. It has been a long time since a story has brought me to tears, but, I assure you, this one did, as well as fire up my anger over child pornography and feel my heart ache for its victims. When I closed the cover on the last page, how I wished I had elders to hug as well! After reading this, I intend to do two things; read another of Ms. Lamb's books and start my own patch of lavender-after all, who doesn't need extra strength, protection and a bit of luck? I might even sprinkle marbles in between the plants while I keep watch for "A Swan" here in Northeastern Pa.! This is one book you won't want to miss! Nancy Narma

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Not my favorite.....

    First of all, I'm a HUGE Cathy Lamb fan. I have all her books and have read them multiple times. I didn't really love these characters and I found things a bit predictable. While I usually love her eccentric characters, I found these characters to be just plain unbelievable. That being said, I think she handled some difficult subject matter with sensitivity and understanding.

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