The First Day of the Rest of My Life

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

by Cathy Lamb
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The First Day of the Rest of My Life by Cathy Lamb

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. . .

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. 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. Now a reporter is reinvestigating the notorious crime that put Madeline's mother behind bars, threatening to destroy her elaborate façade. 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.

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. 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.

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. . .. .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758272577
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 337,162
File size: 937 KB

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First Day of the Rest of My Life 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
100 fewer pages would help. OMG! Grandma's "loving" pronouncements made me ill: could any man, outside a pornographer, really enjoy that kind of statement? If so, I give up all faith in humankind. I would have found this story redemptive had it come to a head 100 (or more) pages sooner. As it was, by the time the crux of the matter was laid out, all I could think was, "Thank [someone] this is finally over; this has dragged on way too long. The story cannot be redeemed at this point, but at least it's finally done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this at all, the story is far fetched and the relationship between grandma and grandpa is disturbing......will not give up on cathy but this was bad and should have payed closer attention to reviews.......
quietmind More than 1 year ago
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.
CathieArms More than 1 year ago
Cathy Lamb is the most gifted storyteller I've encountered in all of my adult years of reading. She intuitively knows people, relationships and life experiences; and "The First Day of the Rest of My Life" is an example of a great author at her best. In "The First Day of the Rest of My Life," Madeline and Annie O'Shea are two adult sisters still learning to overcome the emotional damage of the most heinous crimes against children that anyone could ever imagine. They've grown up and become successful young women, but the abuse they suffered as children permeates every aspect of their daily lives. Given the premise of the book, one might think that this book is a gut-wrenching story about the abuse of two young girls, but it's so much more than that. It's a story about love; familial love, romantic love and the love of good friends. And, ultimately, It's a story about owning your past so that you can take control of your future. Intertwined with the core of the story is a group of unforgettable characters and rich humor that only Cathy Lamb could bring to such a serious subject matter. Their mother, grandparents, childhood friends and adult acquaintances are people we all know - or wish we knew - and lend just enough humor to the story to keep the reader from suffocating in the terrible trauma that was Madeline and Annie's lives. Beautifully written and a story that won't soon be forgotten by the reader.
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Waste of time, the book should have been cut in half, had a hard time getting invested in the main characters. All the non-sense with grandma was really disturbing, could have got the same Message across using different subject matter.  
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While a little hard to read at times (due to emotions) it's another must read. So many levels, so much talent.
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lindyLW More than 1 year ago
I just loved the book, so good and funny too. Laughed all the way threw the trial.You want a good book read it
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52chickadees More than 1 year ago
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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Stephanie Kerwin More than 1 year ago
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.