But her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front. And as she allows her resistance to thaw, the pain she expects pales in comparison to the surprises headed straight to her door. Now a reporter is reinvestigating the notorious crime that put Madeline's mother behind bars, threatening to destroy her elaborate façade.
The First Day of the Rest of My Life #ad - . 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. 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.
. Madeline o'shea tells people what to do with their lives.
The Last Time I Was MeKensington Books #ad - 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, 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, then grabbed a violin I'd hidden way back in my closet that made me cry, at midnight, with that moon as bright as the blazes, I left Chicago.
. 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. 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.
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. Now, en route to her brother's house in Portland, Jeanne impulsively decides to spend some time in picturesque Weltana.
The Last Time I Was Me #ad - 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. As heartfelt as it is hilarious, opening up, wise novel about breaking down, The Last Time I Was Me is a warm, and finally letting go of everything we thought we should be, in order to claim the life that has been waiting all along.
Julia's ChocolatesKensington Books #ad - 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. The new julia will be found at her Aunt Lydia's rambling, hundred-year-old farmhouse outside Golden, Oregon. I don't know why that particular tree appealed to me. But it can't keep her safe.
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. Advance praise for cathy lamb and Julia's Chocolates "Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny.
Julia's Chocolates #ad - And this time, she will not be able to run but will have to face it head on. In her deliciously funny, and moving debut, cathy lamb introduces some of the most wonderfully eccentric women since The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Secret Life of Bees, heartfelt, as she explores the many ways we find the road home.
. 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. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author.
Such A Pretty FaceKensington Books #ad - In this warm, acclaimed author cathy lamb introduces an unforgettable heroine who’s half the woman she used to be, funny, thoroughly candid novel, and about to find herself for the first time…Two years and 170 pounds ago, Stevie Barrett was wheeled into an operating room for surgery that most likely saved her life.
The portland law office where she works remains utterly dysfunctional, uncle, as does her family—the aunt, and cousins who took her in when she was a child. 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.
Such A Pretty Face #ad - As achingly honest as it is witty, such a pretty face is a richly insightful novel of one woman’s search for love, family, and acceptance, 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.
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. Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away. She still can’t look her gorgeous neighbor in the eye.
If You Could See What I SeeKensington Books #ad - The dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous. 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. 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.
In fact, by her grandmother, oregon, if Meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, she'd be inclined to stay away all together. She envisions something flip and funny, but the confessions that emerge are unexpectedly poignant. For decades, and baubles, satin, the women in Meggie O'Rourke's family have run Lace, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical.
If You Could See What I See #ad - 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. 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.
And as the revelations illuminate her family's past, Meggie begins to find her own way forward.
A Different Kind of NormalKensington Books #ad - And she sees it in tate, the boy she has raised as her son ever since her sister gave him up at birth. 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. Jaden bruxelle knows that life is precious. She sees it in her work as a hospice nurse, a job filled with compassion and humor even on the saddest days.
Over the years, jaden has focused all her energy on her job and on sheltering Tate from the world. 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. Through his blog, he's slowly reaching out, finding his voice.
A Different Kind of Normal #ad - From acclaimed author cathy lamb comes a warm and poignant story about mothers and sons, family and forgiveness--and loving someone enough to let them be true to themselves. He wants to try out for the Varsity basketball team. Tate, for his part, just wants to be a regular kid. Jaden knows she needs to let go--of Tate, of her fears and anger, and of the responsibilities she uses as a shield.
Jaden dismisses that as nonsense, just as she ignores the legends about witches and magic in the family. He wants his mom to focus on her own life for a change, maybe even date again.
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. Now, unexpected ways to salve their childhood wounds, working together, Isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, 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. 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.
Henry's Sisters #ad - 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, share a deep, a bestselling author, she and her sisters, Cecilia, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, and Janie, 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.
No Place I'd Rather BeKensington Books #ad - Or tears. Some have been smeared by water. 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, Olivia decides to make each dish, along with their favorite family cake recipes, and records her attempts.
Now it’s olivia’s turn to find healing—and determine where her home and her heart truly belong. 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.
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.
No Place I'd Rather Be #ad - Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. 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.
The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages.
The Language of SistersKensington Books #ad - 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. 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, the pain of their old life and their dangerous escape should remain buried in the Moscow they left behind, as should the mysterious past of their adopted brother, Dmitry.
The Language of Sisters #ad - 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. 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.
My Very Best FriendKensington Books #ad - Bridget, whom charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped. But her plans are slowed when she’s confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the irresistible garden—and Toran, Bridget’s brother. 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.
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. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks.
My Very Best Friend #ad - In fact, her pampered cats, she has little in her life besides her work, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. 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, Bridget, who lives in Scotland, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen.
All About EvieKensington Books #ad - But beyond her feelings of shock and betrayal, there are unexpected opportunities—to come to terms with a gift that has sometimes felt like a curse, to understand the secrets that surrounded her childhood, and to embrace the surprising new life that is waiting for her . Their floral shop and Evie’s bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long.
. This season promises to be extra busy: Evie’s sister, Jules, is getting married on the island. As jules plans her unconventional wedding, she arranges to do a DNA test with her mother, and aunts, sister, to see how much accepted lore about their heritage holds true. Spurred on by the revelations, Evie uncovers the real story of her past.
. As a child, evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. 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, and her aunts, camellia and Iris, Poppy, are well known on San Orcanita island for their free-spirited ways and elaborately decorated hats.
All About Evie #ad - . 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. The results blow apart everything Evie has grown up believing about herself and her family.