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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 filmmaker. 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 Web site, 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.
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By S. Sarabasha on 08-11-13
Fast Forward on this one.
I usually like Cathy Lamb's books but this one misses on many levels.
Most of the characters sound either 4 or 14 years old. How such infantile behavior can be running a corporation is beyond me.
Then add in nightmares told in graphic detail, histories that are horrific and constantly reiterating past bad experiences and I just gave up. I was fast forwarding to the next chapter way too often.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 08-07-13
I couldn't get past the second hour. I found the voice angry and sarcastic, which is how it was written, I assume. But I found it irritating and not in any way enjoyable or deep. Maybe someone who could listen longer has more to say.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful