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She then embarked on her notable academic career where she earned good grades now and then, spent a great deal of time daydreaming, ran wild with a number of friends, and landed on the newspaper staff in high school. When she saw her byline above an article about people making out in the hallways of the high school, she knew she had found her true calling.
After two years of partying at the University of Oregon, she settled down for the next three years and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education, and became a fourth grade teacher. It was difficult for her to become proper and conservative but she threw out her red cowboy boots and persevered. She had no choice. She had to eat, and health insurance is expensive.
She met her husband on a blind date. A mutual friend who was an undercover vice cop busting drug dealers set them up. It was love at third sight.
Teaching children about the Oregon Trail and multiplication facts amused her until she became so gigantically pregnant with twins she looked like a small cow and could barely walk. With a three year old at home, she decided it was time to make a graceful exit and waddle on out. She left school one day and never went back. She likes to think her students missed her.
When Cathy was no longer smothered in diapers and pacifiers, she took a turn onto the hazardous road of freelance writing and wrote about 200 articles on homes, home décor, people and fashion for a local newspaper. As she is not fashionable and can hardly stand to shop, it was an eye opener for her to find that some women actually do obsess about what to wear. She also learned it would probably be more relaxing to slam a hammer against one's forehead than engage in a large and costly home remodeling project.
Cathy suffers from, "I Would Rather Play Than Work Disease" which prevents her from getting much work done unless she has a threatening deadline. She likes to hang with family and friends, walk, eat chocolate, camp, travel, and is slightly obsessive about the types of books she reads. She also likes to be left alone a lot so she can hear all the odd characters in her head talk to each other and then transfer that oddness to paper. The characters usually don't start to talk until 10:00 at night, however, so she is often up 'til 2:00 in the morning with them. That is her excuse for being cranky.
She adores her children and husband, except when he refuses to take his dirty shoes off and walks on the carpet. She will ski because her children insist, but she secretly doesn't like it at all. Too cold and she falls all the time.
She is currently working on her next book and isn't sleeping much.
Top Customer Reviews
Articulating why I so adored this novel is difficult because I can't isolate one particular element that I can identify as extraordinary. There is just something about the way in which Lamb writes that works for me.
In simplistic terms, the story of If You Could See What I See begins when Meggie O'Rourke, still struggling with the fall out from her disastrous marriage, returns home to Oregon to rescue her beloved grandmother's failing lingerie company from financial ruin. Buffeted by her grandmother's indomitable will and her sisters rivalry, Meggie has to find a way to secure both herself, and Lace, Satin and Baubles, a future.
But If You Could See What I See offers so much more than this neat summary reveals. The shocking truth of Meggie's marriage, the complex dynamics of her family and their relationships, the foundation on which the company was built and the lives of the people who work for it, all create a story that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Similarly, the characters will shock and surprise you, from Brianna O'Rourke's frank discussions about sexual satisfaction on national TV to Hayden's revelation that he is a girl stuck in a boy's body.
There is grief, pain and tragedy, deeply felt and sensitively explored, but all tempered by heart, humour and even romance. A story about love, family and courage, I laughed, I cried, I loved!
Meggie O'Rourke is a mess. For the past year she's been traveling the globe trying to outrun the nightmares and daymares of her husband's death and her marriage. She is broken. It's time to go home to Portland, Oregon. The family's business, Lace, Satin and Baubles, a high-end lingerie company, started by her Grandmother, Regan O'Rourke is in trouble. Meggie's sisters, Lacey (CFO) and Tory (Chief Designer), are completely at odds and their fighting certainly isn't helping the company to stay afloat. Meggie needs a plan to save the company. Using her documentary filmmaking career skills, she comes up with one.
"...I would often think when I was filming...If you could see what I see..."
Lacey is the harried mother of three and the three children all have issues. Hayden is a girl stuck in a boy's body. Cassidy is a pot-smoking, sex addicted, baking obsessed, Prom Queen. Regan~~sweet Regan named after his Great Grandma~~he's the big-hearted boy with the big appetite who rescues every animal he finds.
Tory, who never quite felt like a "real O'Rourke woman", is a hot-tempered little spitfire adopted into the O'Rourke family at the age of five when her parents were killed in an auto accident; separated from her husband, Scotty; and, furious that he isn't trying harder to get her back. Think revenge in the form of a large male appendage mounted in the front lawn. (Oh Ms. Lamb, how do you come up with this stuff?)
Brianna O'Rourke, Meggie, Lacey and Tory's Mother, is a nationally known sex therapist. (That may explain the large male appendage mounted on the front lawn.Read more ›
We add to the already chaotic mix, Meggie, Lacey and Tory's Mother, Brianna O'Rourke, who is a famous outspoken Sex Therapist and loyal, lovable and sweet but blunt Kalani Noe, who owns/manages the factory in Sri Lanke with an iron hand--only to find out she has a story of her own to tell as well. Through it all, age-old secrets are revealed and love thought lost may be found. The Author handles difficult topics like suicide, transgender and bullying with tact and tenderness, but, above all we are subtly reminded not to judge another until you have walked a mile in their shoes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous storyline, just a little bit hard to follow as it kept diving back into the past but eventually got to grips with that style and thoroughly enjoyed the book.Published 2 days ago by Libby
Couldn't put it down. A tribute to being true to yourself. That is what we can aspire to- man, woman, child. No one has to live in fear of the past.Published 11 days ago by Genevieve B.
This work well for a book club. The interplay between the characters and final resolution make for a good read.Published 2 months ago by Nasus
Took my mind off my reality and when I had to stop I couldn't wait to get back to itPublished 3 months ago by Tiffany B.
Too much repition about the nightmare content and what she dressed down in. Mother was a little over the top. Grandma was great. Story plot was good.Published 4 months ago by Margaret H.
Well written, with strong and believable characters! Cathy Lamb always delivers!Published 4 months ago by Nickie Croas
Author Cathy Lamb is a master at writing richly layered characters. This is one of the more emotional books I’ve read in a while and I loved every gut-wrenching scene Lamb threw at... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brenda Smith
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