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Every once in a while, an extra special book and author come along. And thus Cathy Lamb, that author, sent me What I Remember Most, that book. I had not read Cathy’s books before but as I am always appreciative and supportive of authors, I picked it up immediately. And then I could not put it down! And then I chose it to be a book club selection in my private Facebook Group, Great Thoughts’ Great Readers (request membership here on FB if you’d like to join.) And then, I downloaded ALL of Cathy’s prior books. I was especially thrilled when a friend told me she had stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish this book.
From the publisher, “In a new novel rich in grace, warmth, and courage, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb tells of one woman’s journey of reinvention in the wake of deep betrayal.
Grenadine Scotch Wild has only vague memories of the parents she last saw when she was six years old. But she’s never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run. The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely. One year into her rocky marriage to Covey, a well known investor, he’s arrested for fraud and embezzlement. And Grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence.
With Covey refusing to exonerate her unless she comes back to him, Grenadine once again takes the advice given to her so long ago: she runs. Hiding out in a mountain town in central Oregon until the trial, she finds work as a bartender and as assistant to a furniture-maker who is busy rebuilding his own life. But even far from everything she knew, Grenadine is granted a rare chance, as potentially liberating as it is terrifying–to face down her past, her fears, and live a life as beautiful and colorful as one of her paintings.”
Quotes From the Book
Now let me show you why I loved this book via just a few of the quotes I marked:
“…but it’s always better to be broke in a beautiful place than an ugly place.” True words, right?
These three quotes from the SAME page-
“I need pretty around me and bright colors to ward off the darkness so I am not reminded of where I used to be.”
“There is no “stupid” in art. It can’t make fun of me across the canvas. It can’t force me to stumble over words. It can’t ridicule me. It is mine. I am art.”
“I need a home so I can art it out, so to speak.”
“Tell Mildred, your meanest personality, to go back inside your head and be quiet.”
I could go on and on or you could join us for book club this Thursday night at 8;15 pm CST in the private FB Group.
I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book. All opinions and love for it are my own.
I insist you buy the book at once, if you haven’t already!
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