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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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Fast Forward on this one.

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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Very good!!

Awesome narration and very very good story! Makes you laugh cray and wish you knew the family!!

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Couldn't listen!

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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I am going to buy me a new BRA!

this story was touching. Made me feel many different emotions...
left me laughing... thinking.. crying..
and I WILL BE BUYING A NEW BRA

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Very silly

Perhaps it was the narrator’s interpretation, I only finished this book because I’d paid for it. It was downright silly.

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Heavy-handed agenda

I have liked Cathy Lamb's books before but this book's main purpose seemed to be pushing transgender issues with a very heavy pounding hand. I have sympathy and compassion for all those struggling with the pain of these issues but there wasn't much of a story just a big tieresome soapbox. The characters were poorly developped; the main point seemed to be sermonizing.

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ugh

couldn’t stand listening to the “performers” read it so i don’t even know how the story was, but i used to like the author so i’ll give the story a 3.

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Do not like RATS, or high pitched voices.

Did not like the sound of the narrators voice in 2 of the characters. Tory or Kalaine. Very annoying. Also did not enjoy any of the parts about Meggie's dreams. Over all not one of my favorite books by Cathy Lamb.

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Great book! Truly loved it!

What made the experience of listening to If You Could See What I See the most enjoyable?

The voices of the characters were great.

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

I loved all of them.

If you could rename If You Could See What I See, what would you call it?

Lace, satin and bobbles.

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okay, but not great

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.