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.
A Very Merry Christmas #ad - Publishers weekly henry’s sistersan indie next List Notable Book “A story of strength and reconciliation and change. The sunday oregonian “if you loved terms of Endearment, and Steel Magnolias, the Ya Ya Sisterhood, you will love Henry’s Sisters. 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. 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.
All About EvieKensington Books #ad - As a child, evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. This season promises to be extra busy: Evie’s sister, Jules, is getting married on the island. As jules plans her unconventional wedding, and aunts, sister, she arranges to do a DNA test with her mother, to see how much accepted lore about their heritage holds true.
But beyond her feelings of shock and betrayal, to understand the secrets that surrounded her childhood, there are unexpected opportunities—to come to terms with a gift that has sometimes felt like a curse, and to embrace the surprising new life that is waiting for her . The results blow apart everything Evie has grown up believing about herself and her family.
All About Evie #ad - . Their floral shop and Evie’s bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long. As an adult, much like her quirky, they have become a simple fact of life—sometimes disruptive but also inescapable, loveable family. Evie’s mother, camellia and iris, poppy, and her aunts, are well known on San Orcanita island for their free-spirited ways and elaborately decorated hats.
Set against the natural beauty of the san juan islands in the Pacific Northwest, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb’s latest novel tells the emotionally compelling story of one woman’s life-changing discovery about her past. Spurred on by the revelations, Evie uncovers the real story of her past.
The Man She MarriedKensington Books #ad - 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. 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.
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 . When she finally awakens, Natalie is determined to find out the truth. Zack has always been reticent about his past, which she attributed to an unhappy childhood.
The Man She Married #ad - . 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 . 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.
When natalie shelton thinks back to how things were before the car accident, she remembers a great marriage. She and her husband, Zack, seem as strong and dependable together as the houses he builds.
The Language of SistersKensington Books #ad - 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. 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.
Youngest sister ellie is engaged to marry an Italian, breaking her mother’s heart in the process. 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, 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.
The Language of Sisters #ad - 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. Publishers weekly henry’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.
Cathy lamb just keeps getting better and better.
No Place I'd Rather BeKensington Books #ad - Now it’s olivia’s turn to find healing—and determine where her home and her heart truly belong. Or tears. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. Generations of women have shared these recipes, offering strength and nourishment to each other and their loved ones. Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame.
The result, involves a parade of near-disasters and chaotic appearances by her doctor mother, like much of her life to date, her short-tempered sister, her blunt grandma, and Olivia’s two hilarious daughters. The project is messy, real—and an unintended hit with viewers. Even more surprising is the family history Olivia is uncovering, and her own reemerging ties to Montana, and to Jace.
Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. 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.
No Place I'd Rather Be #ad - Two years ago, olivia martindale left behind her Montana hometown and her husband, Jace, certain it was the best decision for both of them. In between the pages are intriguing mementos, a pressed rose, a charm, 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.
Such A Pretty FaceKensington Books #ad - Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away. She still can’t look her gorgeous neighbor in the eye. 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. The portland law office where she works remains utterly dysfunctional, as does her family—the aunt, uncle, and cousins who took her in when she was a child.
. Since that day, plants a garden for self-therapy, one who walks without wheezing, a new Stevie has emerged, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. In this warm, and about to find herself for the first time…two years and 170 pounds ago, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb introduces an unforgettable heroine who’s half the woman she used to be, thoroughly candid novel, funny, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life.
Such A Pretty Face #ad - 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, and acceptance, family, Such A Pretty Face is a richly insightful novel of one woman’s search for love, of the pain we all carry—and the wonders that can happen when we let it go at last.
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. Collaborating with her cousins to plan her aunt and uncle’s problematic fortieth anniversary party, who she wants to be, Stevie starts to find some surprising answers—about who she is, and how the old Stevie evolved in the first place.
My Very Best FriendKensington Books #ad - In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. But her plans are slowed when she’s confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the irresistible garden—and Toran, Bridget’s brother. 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. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks. Bridget, whom charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped. And then there is her very best friend, who lives in Scotland, Bridget, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen.
My Very Best Friend #ad - 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.
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.
The Last Time I Was MeKensington Books #ad - As heartfelt as it is hilarious, opening up, wise novel about breaking down, and finally letting go of everything we thought we should be, The Last Time I Was Me is a warm, in order to claim the life that has been waiting all along. 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, 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.
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, 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, with that moon as bright as the blazes, I left Chicago.
The Last Time I Was Me #ad - Now, en route to her brother's house in Portland, Jeanne impulsively decides to spend some time in picturesque Weltana. 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.
Julia's ChocolatesKensington Books #ad - Meeting once a week for drinks and the baring of souls, it becomes clear that every woman holds secrets that keep her from happiness. 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. Filled with warmth, love, and truth, the courage that defines us, 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.
From the moment julia bennett leaves her abusive boston fiancé at the altar and her ugly wedding dress hanging from a tree in South Dakota, she knows she's driving away from the old Julia, but what she's driving toward is as messy and undefined as her own wounded soul. But it can't keep her safe. As julia gradually opens her heart to new life, and a new man, new friendships, the past is catching up to her.
Julia's Chocolates #ad - I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author. I don't know why that particular tree appealed to me. There, including a psychic, among uppity chickens and toilet bowl planters, Julia is welcomed by an eccentric, an abused mother of four, a minister's unhappy wife, warm, and often wise clan of women, and Aunt Lydia herself--a woman who is as fierce and independent as they come.
Advance praise for cathy lamb and Julia's Chocolates "Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny.
Henry's SistersKensington Books #ad - 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. 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.
Still, a bestselling author, cecilia, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, she and her sisters, share a deep, 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, working together, unexpected ways to salve their childhood wounds, Isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, and the courage to grasp surprising new chances at happiness.
Henry's Sisters #ad - 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.
The First Day of the Rest of My LifeKensington Books #ad - And as she allows her resistance to thaw, the pain she expects pales in comparison to the surprises headed straight to her door. 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.
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. But her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front. 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 #ad - . Madeline o'shea tells people what to do with their lives. 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. For decades, madeline has lived in fear of her traumatic past becoming public.