This was my first novel by Cathy Lamb and I guarantee it won’t be my last. It’s listed as “Women’s Fiction” a label which drives me up the wall, across the ceiling and out the freakin’ window. After my eyes stopped rolling, I started to read. We have a lovely ensemble of characters working in a lingerie business, created and owned by a family for decades. Grandmother Regan O’Rourke, now in her 80’s started Lace, Satin and Baubles when she was 16. “She said she arrived from Ireland after sliding off the curve of a rainbow with a dancing leprechaun and flew to America on the back of an owl.” That line is so descriptive and had me forgetting about making dinner. Also in the main characters are Regan’s daughter Brianna (A sex therapist in the public eye, but in private prefers baking and knitting), Meggie who has returned to the family after spending years world traveling, Lacey – harried and hysterically funny mom of 3, and Tory a hellion angry spitfire. Lacey’s children are all teenagers learning who they are and where they belong. That said, you could say that about each one of the characters. Regan has an adventurous soul and is fearless. She’s strong, opinionated and forward thinking. One of Lacey’s children is identifying as a transgender and the way that Lamb wrote Hayden, is beautiful and powerful.
I completely enjoyed If You Could See What I See and definitely recommend it as I found it to be fabulous, funny, poignant and touching.