If You Could See What I See

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 film maker. 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. 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.

OUTSTANDING PRAISE FOR CATHY LAMB AND HER NOVELS

THE 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."
--New York Journal of Books

SUCH A PRETTY FACE
"Stevie's a winning heroine." --Publishers Weekly

"Funny and poignant." --RT Book Reviews

HENRY'S SISTERS
An Indie Next List Notable Book

"A story of strength and reconciliation and change." --The Sunday Oregonian

"If you loved Terms of Endearment, the Ya Ya Sisterhood, and Steel Magnolias, you will love Henry's Sisters. 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. 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

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By Shelleyrae (Taree, 02, Australia) · ★★★★★ · July 31, 2013


This isn't the first novel I have read by Cathy Lamb, in 2011 I borrowed Henry's Sisters from the library and though I never wrote a full review I gave the book five stars and wrote "I would give it more if I could." When I finished If You Could See What I See, the first thing I did was make a no... ...more
By Cathie (Rochester, MN) · ★★★★★ · July 20, 2013
One of my favorite things in the world is the anticipation of reading that next book by one of my favorite authors. Another favorite thing is when that author "delivers" on the promise of a great read. Cathy Lamb always delivers, and she has done so once again with "If You Could See What I See."

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By Kasie (New Albany, IN) · March 17, 2013
I cannot wait until this book comes out. I love the way Lamb writes!!! ...more
By Denise (Greenville, SC) · ★★★★★ · September 05, 2013
Meggie and her family are a breath of fresh air. Meggie goes home after a year of wandering after her husbands death. Her Grandmother task her with saving the family business, getting her sisters to stop arguing and with starting to get her own life back together. Cathy Lamb handles very serious... ...more
By Emma (The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · July 30, 2013
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 specialize... ...more
By Nancy (Susquehanna, PA) · ★★★★★ · July 24, 2013

“Hang on to Your Bra—A Heart-Wrenching. Roller Coaster Ride of a Tale”

I thought nothing would ever beat Ms. Lamb’s last book, “A Different Kind of Normal”. Boy, was I wrong! In this latest heart-wrenching, roller-coaster ride of a story, we travel to Portland, Oregon and meet Meggie O’Rourke, a b... ...more
By Stacey (Downey, CA) · ★★★★★ · August 11, 2013
As usual, another stunning book from Cathy Lamb. The sisters in this book are believable, the mother and grandmother are interesting. Ms. Lamb's characters are always three dimensional. Not for the cookie cutter is she. While she writes with targeted humor that never misses and I always do laugh... ...more
By Deb (Honolulu, HI) · ★★★★★ · August 04, 2013
Cathy Lamb is one of my favorite authors--her books always make me both laugh and cry and I love her quirky characters and Portland-area, Oregon (where I grew up) settings. As soon as If You Could See What I See was out, I promptly went to Barnes & Noble with my 20% off coupon and bought it,... ...more
By Aimee (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · November 17, 2013
Meggie is damaged - we get that, we just don't know why until the book unravels her story. Lamb does a good job of incorporating flashbacks and stories to slowly reveal what happened to Meggie. However, that's where the compliment ends. The rest of the book is incredibly cliche. The supporting ca... ...more
By Dana (Manasquan, NJ) · ★★★★★ · June 25, 2014
I Have a Wednesday Morning Review for you.. "If You Could See What I See By Cathy Lamb" I LOVED this Book..and I ask you to PLEASE read my review..
"For decades, the women in Meggie O'Rourke's family have run Lace, Satin, and Baubles, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitel... ...more