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If You Could See What I See | [Cathy Lamb]

If You Could See What I See

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 filmmaker. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat - and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin - will at least give her a temporary focus.
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Publisher's Summary

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 filmmaker. 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 Web site, 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.

©2013 Cathy Lamb (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Silverton, OR, US 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    I couldn't get past the second hour. I found the voice angry and sarcastic, which is how it was written, I assume. But I found it irritating and not in any way enjoyable or deep. Maybe someone who could listen longer has more to say.

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    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 08-11-13
    S. Sarabasha West Danby, NY USA 08-11-13 Member Since 2008

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    I usually like Cathy Lamb's books but this one misses on many levels.
    Most of the characters sound either 4 or 14 years old. How such infantile behavior can be running a corporation is beyond me.
    Then add in nightmares told in graphic detail, histories that are horrific and constantly reiterating past bad experiences and I just gave up. I was fast forwarding to the next chapter way too often.

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    The story line was light fluff. A girl story. Finished the book but far too much emphasis on sexuality, though not descriptive sex. Too many curse words also. This book centered around everyone's sex life. Not interesting to me.

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    Denise Greenville, SC, United States 08-05-13
    Denise Greenville, SC, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I love reading books. I love and read several genres. I like books that make me think and feel.

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    What other book might you compare If You Could See What I See to and why?

    South of Broad by Pat Conroy. Cathy Lamb like Pat Conroy has mastered that magic of conversations between characters. At once deep and serious yet suddenly funny, sweet, and light hearted. I love the inter actions between Meggie and her sisters Lacey and Tory. They remind me of conversations I'd have with my best friends.


    Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

    I love Meggie. Amy McFadden takes Cathy Lambs words and give a deep realistic touch to depression and finding a way out of it. Meggie is deeply depressed after going through an emotionally abusive marriage with a mentally ill husband. In finding her way back to herself she goes back to her family business and finds out that it's in financial trouble. Instead of walking away and just dealing with her own issues she steps up deals with the company, her sisters, her niece and nephews, her grandmother, her mother, her interest in the man across the street and finding her way back to who she really is. Not always in a health manor but in the manor that works for Meggie. I am looking forward to listening more to Amy McFadden!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh and cry. I would say this is one of the best books I have listened to all year.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping that Audible brings more of Cathy Lambs books to Audibles!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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