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No Place I'd Rather Be

Cathy Lamb

ISBN 9781496709813
Publish Date 8/29/2017
Format Trade Paperback
Categories General, Women's Fiction, Kensington, Hobby Reads
List Price: $15.00

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Food, family, and secrets combine in Cathy Lamb’s emotional and deeply honest novel as one woman discovers the recipes and life lessons that have shaped her family’s past, and could guide her toward a second chance at happiness.

Two years ago, Olivia Martindale left behind her Montana hometown and her husband, Jace, certain it was the best decision for both of them. Back temporarily to protect her almost-adopted daughters from their biological mother, she discovers an old, handwritten cookbook in the attic. Its pages are stained and torn, their edges scorched by flame. Some have been smeared by water . . . or tears. The recipes are written in different hands and in different languages. In between the pages are intriguing mementos, including a feather, a pressed rose, a charm, and unfamiliar photographs.

Hoping the recipes will offer a window into her grandmother’s closely guarded past, Olivia decides to make each dish, along with their favorite family cake recipes, and records her attempts. The result, like much of her life to date, involves a parade of near-disasters and chaotic appearances by her doctor mother, her blunt grandma, her short-tempered sister, and Olivia’s two hilarious daughters. The project is messy, real—and an unintended hit with viewers.

Even more surprising is the family history Olivia is uncovering, and her own reemerging ties to Montana, and to Jace. Generations of women have shared these recipes, offering strength and nourishment to each other and their loved ones. Now it’s Olivia’s turn to find healing—and determine where her home and her heart truly belong.

Outstanding Praise For Cathy Lamb And Her Novels

The Language Of Sisters

“Lamb once again draws readers into the joys and sorrows of family life. With fascinating, memorable characters and a deeply engaging plot, her latest is a captivating look at the different lives shared by one family and the power of their love to bring them through life’s best and darkest hours.” --Booklist

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

Henry’s Sisters
An Indie Next List Notable Book

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

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

About Cathy Lamb:

Cathy Lamb, the author of Julia’s Chocolates, The Last Time I Was Me, and Henry’s Sisters, lives in Oregon. She is married with three children. She writes late at night when it's just her and the moon and a few shooting stars.

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“There’s No Place Like Home” (Wednesday, August 30, 2017)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

Olivia Martindale’s back in her hometown after a two-year absence. Her arrival is not an ordinary one—especially driving in a blizzard, complete with an icy roadway, with two little girls in tow. Rescued? Certainly—by a hunky gentleman named Jace Rivera, who also has played a major role in Olivia’s life. Just as in other small towns and villages, news travels fast, whether it is correct or not. Where would we be without our family members? Olivia is no different. I must interject here that I love the Author’s Characters. She paints them in words and actions so vividly, that you would swear you know them, or someone very much like them in your own town. Olivia’s well-respected Grandmother, Mrs. Gisela, dispenses common sense along with herbal remedies and a dash or so of love. Olivia’s Mother, Dr. Mary Beth Martindale, heals the infirmed with a sharp tongue as well as a sharp mind and keen eye—no one tussles with Dr. Martindale’s
diagnosis or procedures. Olivia’s Sister Chloe is fearless in her day-to-day occupations as Paramedic, and sometimes, search and rescue Helicopter Pilot. But, Beneath her buxom figure lives a woman yearning for a good man—not that there will ever be as wonderful a man as her Husband, the late Teddy Razolli, who completed the brave duo to a T. As crazy as I am about Mrs. Gisela, it is Chloe’s Son, Kyle who really steals my heart—a victim of Asperger’s, he has a heart of gold and amazing talents that help him navigate through the roughest waters of life. I’d love to pat him on the back three times, anytime. When Olivia stumbles on an attic box full of precious memories, they also bring with them a lifetime full of questions, sadness and strength. Will the truth ever be revealed? Will the answers make a difference to the future of others? Why, when they obviously love each other, don’t Olivia and Jace reconcile? Will Olivia be allowed to adopt Lucy and Stephi? Or, is there an evil force lurking around to destroy a happy family union? The lessons revealed will tug at your heart, and have you gasping, crying, laughing, and, ultimately, cheering. I have previously loved Ms. Lamb’s books and this one is no exception. Every little town seems to have some variety of “Larry’s Diner”—be it good or bad. The only thing I wish could be different is the book’s cover—perhaps with a striking red door and a window box filled to overflowing with red geraniums? You understand their meaning when you read the book. Save some room on your bookshelf for a trip to Kalulell, Montana—You won’t be disappointed!
Nancy L. Narma

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