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If You Could See What I See

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,609 ratings  ·  226 reviews
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 Meg
Paperback, 434 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ladies, burn your beige bras! Wear purple lace; red satin with gold tassels; or even leather! But never again wear boring beige. NEVER!

Here's what I want you to do. Find that new song by Cher on YouTube called "Woman's World". Now play it in the background while you read this review.

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.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
After leaving behind a disastrous marriage, emotionally crippled Megan O'Rourke returns home to Oregon and takes over the management of her grandmother's failing lingerie business, Lace, Satin and Baubles, which is headed for financial ruin. She moves into a tree house and has no time or desire for a private life. She devotes all of her waking hours to the rescue of the business and her two sisters, Tory and Lacy. Tory is the adopted one who is the main designer and has issues of her own. Lacy h ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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 note that read "I laughed, I cried, I loved!" and the second thing I did was to order the author's entire back list.

Articulating why I so adored this novel is difficult because I can't isolate one particu
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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 cast of characters have their identities and Lamb keeps beating those same identities like a dead horse. It got old. She needed to develop her characters and round them out a bit more. The story was predic ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
The first novel I read by this author really wasn't for me, but I decided to give the author another chance. Unfortunately this novel wasn't for me either. It felt repetitive to the point that I wondered if whole sentences had been copied and pasted. There was just two much literal- wording "I visually saw her" how else do you see someone? And in a scene where Meggie was filming the grandmother and this is a paraphrase because I couldn't find the except quote to mention in this review -she said ...more
C.H. Armstrong
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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."

Meggie O'Rourke has returned home to take over the CEO position at her grandmother's family-run lingerie company, where - together with her sisters, Lacey and Tory - she will have to rebuild the company t
Kasie Stemle
Mar 17, 2013 marked it as to-read
I cannot wait until this book comes out. I love the way Lamb writes!!!
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 subjects with deep sensitivity, realistic reaction and humor. I can picture myself having some of the conversation with people in this book. I wish I could put into words why I love this story so much. I ...more
Tari Lawson
Oct 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
In all fairness, I have to say that I did not fully read the book. I got through the first three chapters and could not go on. I found the characters unrelatable, the dialogue mundane and the actual story telling juvenile. The thought of reading another page numbed my brain. I cannot figure out how others have given this 5 stars.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SEVERAL times I went to see what page I was on and how much was left. This book has so much promise but its redundant and the writing can be clunky.

Take 150 pages out and it may be a winner!
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love Cathy Lamb. I wept reading "Henry's Sisters". Loved "Julia's Chocolates". Adored "A Different Kind of Normal". I anticipated being just as enthusiastic of "If You Could See What I See".

Instead... It's like Lamb paged through FB looking for every "ism" of which anyone has posted. Mental illness: check. Mental abuse: check. Physical abuse: check. Sexual abuse/rape: check. Illegals immigration: check. Transgender: check. Child abuse: check. Sexual freedom: check. Sperm-donor: check. Teen pro
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the last few days, I've been writing and re-writing this review. I love every Cathly Lamb book that I've read, but a few people whom I've lent her books to have absolutely hated them. I wanted to write an honest review and be able to convey what I like about her books despite the things that some would see as nonsense or crazy, but I wasn't sure I would be able to. To start with, Lamb's characters are usually troubled and off the wall, and things happen that might make you roll your eyes or ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
The last Cathy Lamb book I read was "The First Day of the Rest of My Life" back in 2011. I did not like it. There was way too many things crammed into that book and I started to get sick of reading Ms. Lamb's characters having the same weird quirks and voices from book to book. I picked up "If You Could See What I See" because it was available via the Amazon Kindle Unlimited. Good thing I didn't pay for this book because I found this just as disappointing as the last book I read.

This newest offe
Nancy Narma
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

“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 beautiful but bedraggled documentary film maker with low self esteem. Meggie has been summoned back to Portland by her small in stature, but mighty in will Grandma, Regan O’Rourke, founder and owner of th
Emma Kerry
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 h
Kevin Kern
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kevies-2
I liked this book and it was a great story about life's ups and downs. At times, I got very frustrated with Meggie, but she was true to her hurts and strengths. Glad I picked this to finish off 2018 and start the New Year.
Stacey H
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 out loud, Ms. Lamb also plucks a sting on the heart. I have enjoyed all of her books and recommend them to anyone who asks for a book outside their normal reading genre. Having said that, she does tend t ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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, then spent the next two days and 430+ pages completely absorbed in the story. (No Kindle for Cathy's books because I have to share them with my mom and sisters after--they are those kinds of books.

In th
Marin Thomas
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 me. The main character Meggie O’Rourke’s disastrous marriage left her with enough baggage to fill an airliner but I thoroughly joyed watching her claw her way out of the dark abyss she’d fallen into and fight her way back to a brighter future filled with hope and the promise of a loving relationship with her neighbor, ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh, boy, what can I say... I picked this up at a Kroger store in Tennessee where the selection wasn't the best. I needed something to read on the plane. Maybe I'm too old to appreciate this book... too much drama. I got so tired of hearing about Meggie's dysfunctional relationship with her husband, which was written about throughout this book. Torie's dysfunctional relationship with her husband was also a common theme. The problems with Lacey's teenagers (one girl is sexually active and her boy ...more
Nancy H
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous story! I previously considered Julia's Chocolates one of my top all-time favorite books, but it is going to have to share that spot with this one. There is a great story, wonderful characters, and so much wisdom in this book, that I feel like I may need to read it again - and I rarely, if ever, re-read books. This one is so good I am planning to buy copies for my friends!
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
. I received this book as an early release from netgalley. I have always been a fan of Cathy Lamb's writing, but she has outdone herself this time. The reader is immediately drawn into this captivating family with all of their issues. You will laugh out loud and cry while reading this book, all the while wishing that you could be friends with the characters and purchase all of your lingerie from Lace, Satin and Baubles. A must read!
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
This was "classic" Cathy Lamb - right up there in stature with Henry's Sisters and Such a Pretty Face. Loved all the characters, loved the writing and the beauty of the story. I never get tired of her writing style - set in present day with snippets of flashbacks that keep you hanging on until the very end when she wraps it all up in a nice pretty bow. Beautifully done!
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Linda by: Zenia
Shelves: 2016-books-read
This is the first Cathy Lamb book I have read, but I plan on trying others. Interesting story of three generations of women all working for a "bra" company started by the grandmother. The characters are interesting and believable and although it seemed to be a slow read, I enjoyed it all the way through.
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Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
This was an interesting an enjoyable book by Cathy Lamb. In it, widowed Megan O'Rourke returns home to try to save her grandmother's failing lingerie business. This is a novel of second chances and starting over.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I laughed, I cried. I enjoyed this book very much! Crazy family, crazy relationships, wonderfully woven together. Typical Cathy Lamb style!
Mỹ Khương
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aw, this is so cool! Can't wait to read.
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud and I cried. An amazing book.
Natasha Stutz
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A solid four star chick lit read. Cathy Lamb seems to have a great balance of light and fluffy with just enough substance to keep me wanting more. If you like her others you will like this!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Apr 08, 2015 11:33AM  
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Cathy Lamb was born in Newport Beach, California. As a child, she mastered the art of skateboarding, catching butterflies in bottles, and riding her bike with no hands. When she was 10, her parents moved her, two sisters, a brother, and two poorly behaved dogs to Oregon before she could fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a surfer bum.

She then embarked on her notable academic career where she e
“What Grandma has told me about life: No one promised you a bucket of pansies, so don’t be one. Everyone thinks a great life is one filled with fun and fluff. No, that’s a pointless life. A great life is filled with challenges and adversity. It’s how you knock the hell out of it that shows what kind of person you are. Keep a hand out to help someone up, but don’t give them two hands or you’ll enable them to be a weak and spineless jellyfish. Always look your best. Not for a man, that’s ridiculous, what do they know? Nothing. They know nothing. It’s for you.” 1 likes
“I am not defined by my body or what has happened to it. I am not defined by beatings or an arching whip or a dangerous man, or by the wreckage of prostitution. I am not defined by my age. I am not defined by what others think of me. I am defined by myself. I will define myself to me. I will live, I will laugh, I will love. I will not be silenced. I will not be invisible. I will be me until the very end. And I will look beautiful.” 0 likes
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