Wednesday, July 31, 2013

(64)If You Could See What I See by Cathy Lamb

If You Could See What I See

Pages: 448
Publication Date: July 30, 2013


Meggy O'Rourke has finally returned to Portland after years away to take her place in the family business, Lace, Satin, & Baubles, a lingerie company. While she is excited to be among family again, the nightmares of her marriage still haunt her.  The abuse she endured at the hands of her husband was traumatic to say the least.  She wasn't back to work very long when she discovers that the company is failing at an epic rate.  The economic downturn that hit the nation has hit Lace, Satin, and Baubles extra hard.  With her Grandmother ready to turn the reigns over to her, Meggie and her sisters, Lacey and Torey must find out a way to keep the the company from going under.

Cathy Lamb has become a very successful author because of her ability to create such unique and quirky characters.  If you Could See What I See is no different.  Meggie, herself, is not that quirky, but she is the most damaged of all the O'Rourke girls.  Her marriage cost her a lot, and through out the book the author flashes back to the darkest times of Meggie's marriage.  The handsome Chief of Police, Ben, that lives across the street has expressed his interest in Meggie, but she is afraid to pollute him with her damage.  Meggie's spitfire of a Grandma is a fun character to watch in action, not to mention Meggie's own mother, Brianna, a world renowned sex therapist that is known for her creative methods. She loves her daughters tremendously, but is glad that they are taking over the family company and not her. Throw into the mix a nephew who believes he should have been a girl, another nephew who is single handily trying to save the pet population in Oregon, and a niece who has had more sex in the last month than Meggie has had in years.  They all add a special something to the story, but I think my favorite thing about this book was the way Meggie and her sisters put together the "Fashion Story".  Instead of doing a regular Fashion Show, they enlisted the help of all their staff and put together a "Fashion Story" that was unique, clever, and tugged at my heartstrings.

Bottom line, Cathy Lamb, is a talented author who has a way of creating characters that find a way into your heart. If You Could See What I See is a heartwarming story of the healing power of love and family.  If you are looking for something good to read that will tug on those heartstrings, Cathy Lamb's newest novel will not disappoint.

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