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. As an adult, they have become a simple fact of life—sometimes disruptive but also inescapable, much like her quirky, loveable family.
All About Evie #ad - 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. This season promises to be extra busy: Evie’s sister, Jules, is getting married on the island. As jules plans her unconventional wedding, sister, she arranges to do a DNA test with her mother, and aunts, to see how much accepted lore about their heritage holds true.
Their floral shop and Evie’s bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long.
The Man She MarriedKensington Books #ad - They’re happy, she’s almost sure of it. Zack has always been reticent about his past, which she attributed to an unhappy childhood. When natalie shelton thinks back to how things were before the car accident, she remembers a great marriage. 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.
When she finally awakens, Natalie is determined to find out the truth. 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 . But as answers come to light, she faces surprising, as well as a danger that could upend her world once again, heartrending decisions, as Zack’s past finally catches up with them .
The Man She Married #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. She and her husband, Zack, seem as strong and dependable together as the houses he builds. 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.
. They live in portland, Oregon, and Natalie is co-owner of a successful accounting firm.
A Very Merry ChristmasZebra Books #ad - But logan’s not easy to shake, and makes it plain that he’s drawn to everything about Meredith—her tough talk and her cowboy hats, her softness and her strength. Roped into chairing the telena Christmas concert, Meredith brings townsfolk of all ages together to share stories, talents, and rehearsal potluck dinners.
Leia’s latest move: abandoning her two children while she runs off to rediscover herself. In julia bennett, cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author.
Especially one like handsome, self-assured Logan Taylor. Others get to pick up the pieces. 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.
A Very Merry Christmas #ad - Meredith ghirlandaio is generally in the latter category, especially when it comes to her irresponsible sister, Leia. Meredith immediately steps up, bringing rebellious Sarah and withdrawn Jacob back to her hometown of Telena, Montana, where she opens a B&B. Despite the “merry meredith” nickname she earns from her guests, she’s too wary—and too busy—to get involved with any man.
Julia's ChocolatesKensington Books #ad - . In her deliciously funny, 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, and moving debut, heartfelt, as she explores the many ways we find the road home. Meeting once a week for drinks and the baring of souls, it becomes clear that every woman holds secrets that keep her from happiness.
As julia gradually opens her heart to new life, new friendships, and a new man, the past is catching up to her. 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, and truth, love, julia's chocolates is an unforgettable novel of hope and healing that explores the hurts we keep deep in our hearts, the love that liberates us, the courage that defines us, and the chocolate that just might take us there.
Julia's Chocolates #ad - I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota. I don't know why that particular tree appealed to me. The old julia dug her way out of a tortured, trailer park childhood with a monster of a mother. And this time, she will not be able to run but will have to face it head on. But it can't keep her safe.
There, a minister's unhappy wife, and often wise clan of women, Julia is welcomed by an eccentric, warm, among uppity chickens and toilet bowl planters, including a psychic, an abused mother of four, and Aunt Lydia herself--a woman who is as fierce and independent as they come. But what will it take for them to brave becoming their true selves? For Julia, it's chocolate.
No Place I'd Rather BeKensington Books #ad - The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. 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. 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.
. Or tears. Now it’s olivia’s turn to find healing—and determine where her home and her heart truly belong. Generations of women have shared these recipes, offering strength and nourishment to each other and their loved ones. The result, her blunt grandma, her short-tempered sister, like much of her life to date, involves a parade of near-disasters and chaotic appearances by her doctor mother, and Olivia’s two hilarious daughters.
No Place I'd Rather Be #ad - In between the pages are intriguing mementos, a charm, a pressed rose, including a feather, 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.
Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame.
The Language of SistersKensington Books #ad - As far as her parents are concerned, as should the mysterious past of their adopted brother, the pain of their old life and their dangerous escape should remain buried in the Moscow they left behind, Dmitry. 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.
The Language of Sisters #ad - In julia bennett, cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate. Luanne rice, new York Times bestselling author. Since toni, and ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, Valerie, 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, beneath the culture clashes and endearing quirks within her huge, noisy, loving family are deeper secrets that Toni has sworn to keep—even from the one person she longs to help most.
The First Day of the Rest of My LifeKensington Books #ad - For decades, madeline has lived in fear of her traumatic past becoming public. A renowned life coach, she inspires thousands of women through her thriving practice-exuding enviable confidence along with her stylish suits and sleek hair. 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. But her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front. 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.
The First Day of the Rest of My Life #ad - 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. 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.
Such A Pretty FaceKensington Books #ad - 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.
In this warm, and about to find herself for the first time…two years and 170 pounds ago, thoroughly candid novel, funny, 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.
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, family, and acceptance, 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.
Since that day, plants a garden for self-therapy, a new Stevie has emerged, one who walks without wheezing, and builds and paints fantastical wooden chairs. 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.
Stevie’s shyness refuses to melt away.
If You Could See What I SeeKensington Books #ad - . 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. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus.
The dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. 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.
If You Could See What I See #ad - 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. To draw customers to their website, 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. 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. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous.
In fact, oregon, by her grandmother, if Meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, she'd be inclined to stay away all together.
A Different Kind of NormalKensington Books #ad - Beautifully written, a different kind of Normal is a story about embracing love and adventure, tender and true, and learning to look ahead for the first time. 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.
Tate, for his part, just wants to be a regular kid. 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. Tate is seventeen, funny, academically brilliant, and loving. Through his blog, he's slowly reaching out, finding his voice.
A Different Kind of Normal #ad - Jaden dismisses that as nonsense, just as she ignores the legends about witches and magic in the family. And she sees it in tate, the boy she has raised as her son ever since her sister gave him up at birth. Jaden knows she needs to let go--of Tate, of her fears and anger, and of the responsibilities she uses as a shield.
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. Over the years, jaden has focused all her energy on her job and on sheltering Tate from the world.
Henry's SistersKensington Books #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.
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.
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. Still, and janie, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, a bestselling author, share a deep, Cecilia, she and her sisters, 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. 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.