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. Since toni, valerie, and ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, 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. Cathy 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. 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.
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.
No Place I'd Rather Be
The result, like much of her life to date, her blunt grandma, her short-tempered sister, involves a parade of near-disasters and chaotic appearances by her doctor mother, and Olivia’s two hilarious daughters. Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame. Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic.
. Generations of women have shared these recipes, offering strength and nourishment to each other and their loved ones. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. Now it’s olivia’s turn to find healing—and determine where her home and her heart truly belong. Some have been smeared by water.
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, Olivia decides to make each dish, along with their favorite family cake recipes, and records her attempts.
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.
My Very Best Friend
And then there is her very best friend, who lives in Scotland, Bridget, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. It was his tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. 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. 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. In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. From a childhood friendship sustained over years and distance, to a journey of discovery, 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, and remains a mystery to her fans.
Such A Pretty Face
Collaborating with her cousins to plan her aunt and uncle’s problematic fortieth anniversary party, Stevie starts to find some surprising answers—about who she is, who she wants to be, and how the old Stevie evolved in the first place. In this warm, acclaimed author cathy lamb introduces an unforgettable heroine who’s half the woman she used to be, funny, and about to find herself for the first time…Two years and 170 pounds ago, thoroughly candid novel, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life.
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. Since 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.
Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away. 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, 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, such a pretty face is a richly insightful novel of one woman’s search for love, and acceptance, family, of the pain we all carry—and the wonders that can happen when we let it go at last. She still can’t look her gorgeous neighbor in the eye.
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.
Still, cecilia, share a deep, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, she and her sisters, a bestselling author, and Janie, loving bond. 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. Now, isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, working together, unexpected ways to salve their childhood wounds, 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. 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.
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.
What I Remember Most
One year into her rocky marriage to Covey, a well known investor, he's arrested for fraud and embezzlement. 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. Outstanding praise for cathy lamb and her novelsIf You Could See What I See"Lamb's story is earnest, at times, heartwarming and, 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 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, the Ya Ya Sisterhood, and Steel Magnolias, you will love Henry's Sisters. But even far from everything she knew, grenadine is granted a rare chance, as potentially liberating as it is terrifying--to face down her past, her fears, and live a life as beautiful and colorful as one of her paintings.
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.
The Man She Married
When natalie shelton thinks back to how things were before the car accident, she remembers a great marriage. When she finally awakens, Natalie is determined to find out the truth. Sorting through clues as her brain heals, she realizes she has a rare opportunity—to reexamine the life she’s made and the man she’s made it with.
. She and her husband, Zack, seem as strong and dependable together as the houses he builds. Yet as natalie lies trapped in a coma, unable to communicate though aware of everything around her, she realizes that her husband is hiding something. They’re happy, she’s almost sure of it. But as answers come to light, as well as a danger that could upend her world once again, she faces surprising, heartrending decisions, as Zack’s past finally catches up with them .
. In cathy lamb’s gripping and thought-provoking novel, a woman whose memory is shattered must piece together her husband’s secrets—and reevaluate her life, love, and relationships . They live in portland, Oregon, and Natalie is co-owner of a successful accounting firm. Now the strange calls he’s receiving, the apologies when he thinks she can’t hear him, and her fragmented memories from the morning of the accident suggest a deeper secret.
. Zack has always been reticent about his past, which she attributed to an unhappy childhood.
The Last Time I Was Me
As heartfelt as it is hilarious, opening up, and finally letting go of everything we thought we should be, wise novel about breaking down, The Last Time I Was Me is a warm, in order to claim the life that has been waiting all along. 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.
. 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. Now, en route to her brother's house in Portland, Jeanne impulsively decides to spend some time in picturesque Weltana.
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. I wrapped up my grandmother's tea cup collection and my mother's china, at midnight, then grabbed a violin I'd hidden way back in my closet that made me cry, 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, I left Chicago.
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.
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.
The First Day of the Rest of My Life
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. 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. 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. 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.
A Very Merry Christmas
Previously published in holiday magicFrom acclaimed author Cathy Lamb comes a tender and uplifting story of the challenges and surprises of family, belonging, love…and Christmas. Some people careen through life trailing chaos in their wake. Leia’s latest move: abandoning her two children while she runs off to rediscover herself.
Especially one like handsome, self-assured Logan Taylor. Little by little she’s opening up too. Cathy 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. Others get to pick up the pieces.
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. And in between navigating the lessons of the past and acknowledging her own hopes for holidays yet to come, she’s learning that all the gifts she really needs are right there, waiting—if only she’ll claim them.
Praise for the novels of cathy lambif you could see whaT I SEE“Lamb’s story is earnest, at times, heartwarming and, 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.
If You Could See What I See
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. 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.
In fact, oregon, if meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, by her grandmother, she'd be inclined to stay away all together. 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.
Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus. 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.
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. 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.