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. And then there is her very best friend, who lives in Scotland, Bridget, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen.
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, her pampered cats, she has little in her life besides her work, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks.
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. Bridget, whom charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped.
From a childhood friendship sustained over years and distance, to a journey of discovery, and the challenges that can change everything for the better… Charlotte Mackintosh is an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance, Cathy Lamb’s poignant novel tells of two women whose paths converge with unforeseen results—and reveals the gift of connection, and remains a mystery to her fans.
The Language of Sisters
But lately, toni’s talent for putting on a smile isn’t enough to keep memories at bay. Valerie, a prosecuting attorney, wages constant war against the wrongs she could do nothing about as a child. 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. 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.
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, laughter, the Language of Sisters explores the echoes of the past that can cling to the present—and how love, 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, 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 books such a pretTY FACE“Stevie’s a winning heroine.
What I Remember Most
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. And grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence. But even far from everything she knew, grenadine is granted a rare chance, her fears, as potentially liberating as it is terrifying--to face down her past, and live a life as beautiful and colorful as one of her paintings.
In a new novel rich in grace, and courage, warmth, 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. Outstanding praise for cathy lamb and her novelsIf 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 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.
Still, she and her sisters, share a deep, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, and Janie, a bestselling author, Cecilia, loving bond. 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.
Now, isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, unexpected ways to salve their childhood wounds, 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.
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.
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.
Such A Pretty Face
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. As achingly honest as it is witty, family, such a pretty face is a richly insightful novel of one woman’s search for love, and acceptance, of the pain we all carry—and the wonders that can happen when we let it go at last.
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. 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.
In this warm, and about to find herself for the first time…two years and 170 pounds ago, funny, thoroughly candid novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb introduces an unforgettable heroine who’s half the woman she used to be, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life.
. Since that day, a new stevie has emerged, plants a garden for self-therapy, one who walks without wheezing, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. She still can’t look her gorgeous neighbor in the eye. Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away. 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.
The Last Time I Was Me
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. 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.
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. When jeanne stewart stops at the opera man's cafe in Weltana, to eat pancakes for the first time in twelve years, Oregon, she has no idea she's also about to order up a whole new future.
As heartfelt as it is hilarious, the last time i was me is a warm, wise novel about breaking down, and finally letting go of everything we thought we should be, opening up, in order to claim the life that has been waiting all along. 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, 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, at midnight, I left Chicago.
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.
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. In fact, by her grandmother, if Meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, Oregon, she'd be inclined to stay away all together. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus.
There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous. The dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. To draw customers to their website, Meggie decides to interview relatives and employees about their first bras and favorite lingerie. 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.
. 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. 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.
The First Day of the Rest of My Life
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. And as she allows her resistance to thaw, the pain she expects pales in comparison to the surprises headed straight to her door.
. 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. 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.
. Madeline o'shea tells people what to do with their lives. 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.
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. But what will it take for them to brave becoming their true selves? For Julia, it's chocolate. 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.
Filled with warmth, and truth, the courage that defines us, love, the love that liberates us, Julia's Chocolates is an unforgettable novel of hope and healing that explores the hurts we keep deep in our hearts, and the chocolate that just might take us there. I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota.
And this time, she will not be able to run but will have to face it head on. There, julia is welcomed by an eccentric, among uppity chickens and toilet bowl planters, an abused mother of four, including a psychic, a minister's unhappy wife, and often wise clan of women, warm, and Aunt Lydia herself--a woman who is as fierce and independent as they come.
. The old julia dug her way out of a tortured, trailer park childhood with a monster of a mother. As julia gradually opens her heart to new life, and a new man, new friendships, the past is catching up to her. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate.
Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author.
No Place I'd Rather Be
Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame. Now it’s olivia’s turn to find healing—and determine where her home and her heart truly belong. 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, olivia martindale left behind her Montana hometown and her husband, Jace, certain it was the best decision for both of them. Generations of women have shared these recipes, offering strength and nourishment to each other and their loved ones. 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, along with their favorite family cake recipes, Olivia decides to make each dish, and records her attempts. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic.
. Some have been smeared by water.
A Different Kind of Normal
Beautifully written, tender and true, A Different Kind of Normal is a story about embracing love and adventure, and learning to look ahead for the first time. Jaden dismisses that as nonsense, just as she ignores the legends about witches and magic in the family. Tate is seventeen, academically brilliant, funny, and loving.
Through his blog, he's slowly reaching out, finding his voice. Jaden bruxelle knows that life is precious. And through a series of unexpected events and revelations, she's about to learn how. He wants his mom to focus on her own life for a change, maybe even date again. He wants to try out for the Varsity basketball team.
Tate, for his part, just wants to be a regular kid. Over the years, jaden has focused all her energy on her job and on sheltering Tate from the world. 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. 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.