Title: My Very Best Friend
Author: Cathy Lamb
480 pages, published July 28, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
Charlotte Mackintosh is
an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance,
and remains a mystery to her fans. In fact, she has little in her life
besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast
of Washington. And then there is her very best friend, Bridget, who
lives in Scotland, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. Bridget,
whom Charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write
to—though the replies have stopped. Hurt by the silence, an opportunity
arises to find answers—and maybe much more.
finally return to Scotland to sell her late father’s cottage. It was his
tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing
isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. But her plans are
slowed when she’s confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the
irresistible garden—and Toran, Bridget’s brother. Capable and kind,
Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks. And as she is drawn deeper into
the community she thought she’d left behind, Charlotte learns not only
more about her dear friend, but about herself—and discovers a new and
I'm a huge Cathy Lamb fan (yay for Oregon authors!) and I was so excited to get approved for this ARC on NetGalley. I am happy to report this book did not disappoint! In fact, as I made it further and further into the book, it became on of my favorite Cathy Lamb books (along with The Last Time I Was Me). What I loved so much about this book, in addition to Lamb's quirky and funny writing, was how she addressed multiple "touchy", challenging and heartbreaking topics with sensitivity, honesty, and respect.
I read the last half of this book on an airplane, and let me warn you--the ending is a tear jerker. You've been warned! Though this book is long at a full 480 pages, I definitely believe it is completely worth the read. I'll admit that partway through the book I was skeptical as to where the book was going--but soon a turning point happened in the story that changed everything. Lamb tells such a beautiful (and sometimes heartbreaking) story in a way that makes you laugh, cry, and fall in love with all the characters.
If you've never read Cathy Lamb's books, now is the time! And if you're a fan like me--you'll love this one!
Overall rating for "My Very Best Friend": 4.5 stars
Note: OREGON FANS! Cathy Lamb will be at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton on Tuesday, August 4th (tomorrow!). More details about the event here. I would love to attend but unfortunately my kitty was in the animal hospital all weekend (he's home now) and I want to keep a close eye on him when I'm not at work. Send me your pictures if you attend! :)