If You Could See What I See

If You Could See What I See

by Cathy Lamb
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If You Could See What I See by Cathy Lamb

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. . .

For decades, the women in Meggie O'Rourke's family have run Lace, Satin, and Baubles, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical. The dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. In fact, if Meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, Oregon, by her grandmother, she'd be inclined to stay away all together.

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. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus. To draw customers to their website, Meggie decides to interview relatives and employees about their first bras and favorite lingerie. She envisions something flip and funny, but the confessions that emerge are unexpectedly poignant. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous. And as the revelations illuminate her family's past, Meggie begins to find her own way forward.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758289254
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 137,332
File size: 996 KB

About the Author

Cathy Lamb lives in Oregon. She is married with three children. She writes late at night when it’s just her and the moon and a few shooting stars.

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If You Could See What I See 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Aylaeri More than 1 year ago
I save 5 stars for books that kept me up much too late at night and into the wee hours of the morning. Cathy Lamb has delivered again! I laughed, I cried and I wanted more once I was done. The laughter, in this book, outweighs the tears. This is a book about sisters, lingerie, family and the difficulty we all can have letting go of a relationship gone bad so that we can move on to the rest of our lives. I've handed copies to several coworkers who have also loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Henry's Sisters so i gave this a try. It wasa ridiculous book. Lamb has two books here and came up with one long boring babyish book. Basically, she could not decide to go either serious, which is why i tried this novel or with a comedy. It is exactly like the writing of Janet Evanovich and after you read one ortwo of hers, you say....okay enough. Lamb should have written two books and made an attempt to develop her main character with a serious emotional element. Instead, we have a serious issue wrapped in baby shower wrapping paper...ugh. save your cash.
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“Hang Onto Your Bra—A Heart-Wrenching. Roller Coaster Ride of a Tale” I thought nothing would ever beat Ms. Lamb’s last book, “A Different Kind of Normal”. Boy, was I wrong! In this latest heart-wrenching, roller-coaster ride of a story, we travel to Portland, Oregon and meet Meggie O’Rourke, a beautiful but bedraggled documentary film maker with low self esteem. Meggie has been summoned back to Portland by her small in stature, but mighty in will Grandma, Regan O’Rourke, founder and owner of the lingerie co., “Lace, Satin and Baubles”. Meggie takes up residence in a tree house and is reunited with her Sisters, family-oriented Lacey and spicy and spirited Tory. Their Grandmother hopes, with Meggie’s return, that her faltering company can turn around and that the Sisters can unite as a family. What a tall order! Especially with the personality clashes between Lacey and Tory and troubles surrounding the employees. The Sister/Company turmoil is not all Meggie must cope with, as she must fight the demons that invade her nightmares and daymares. Her mental as well as physical health is affected, plus her ability to trust, love and enjoy the life she once knew. Perhaps a handsome hunk of a Police Chief who lives across the street could be of assistance? Maybe not. We add to the already chaotic mix, Meggie, Lacey and Tory’s Mother, Brianna O’Rourke, who is a famous outspoken Sex Therapist and loyal, lovable and sweet but blunt Kalani Noe, who owns/manages the factory in Sri Lanke with an iron hand—only to find out she has a story of her own to tell as well. Through it all, age-old secrets are revealed and love thought lost may be found. The Author handles difficult topics like suicide, transgender and bullying with tact and tenderness, but, above all we are subtly reminded not to judge another until you have walked a mile in their shoes. You’ll want to shake some sense into some of the characters, chuckle at their antics, cry with a warmed heart and cheer Meggie’s courage and tenacity, but most of all, you won’t want to put this book down! I didn’t! Thank-you Cathy—This is your finest work to date. Another five-star winner you won’t want to miss! Nancy Narma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meggie O'Rourke has returned home to help save the family lingerie business. The story have laughter, tears and plenty of love. The characters are all completely developed and consistant through out the book. Some tender subjects are dealt with but they done in an exceptional way. The story shows just how strong our past links to our present. For all who love a good story.
NYtoNC98 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, but not great.
helenstam More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but didn't live up to its reviews for me. I liked the strong women but I had a hard time getting to the finish.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good u wont waste ur money if u purchade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an exceptional read. I loved it and hated when it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up Julia's Chocolates, by this author, while browsing the book store because of the cover. It was hilarious! I now own every one of her books! You like humor? Characters you relate to? This author is for you. She is amazing and a great person to boot! I had to email her I loved her books so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a mental health providers dream. Way to many characters with issues. I started out enjoying the book immensely but after awhile the silliness sets in an you wonder how and why all of these people are not in mental institutions. I just skimmed the final chapters to finish the darn thing. Sadly, this book was not worth my time.
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WyoReaderCC More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely frustrating and disappointing read. The characters are hysterical, melodramatic and immature and the plot tries to cover every problem known to man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, i think anyone would love it
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