Book Review – The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Book Review

The First Day of the Rest of My Life
Cathy Lamb

Cathy Lamb is easily the most gifted storyteller I’ve encountered in all of my adult years of reading. She intuitively knows people, relationships and life experiences; and each of her many books pulls the reader in almost immediately with a story that not only catches the attention, but wraps the reader so tightly in the cocoon of the story that the reader begins to feel like a member of the main character’s intimate circle of friends.  The First Day of the Rest of My Life is no exception, and is an example of a great author at her best. 

This book focuses on the lives of Madeline and Annie O’Shea, two adult sisters still learning to overcome the emotional damage of the most heinous crimes against children that anyone could ever imagine. They’ve grown up and become successful young women, but the abuse they suffered as children permeates every aspect of their daily lives. 

Given the premise of this book, one might think that the book is a gut-wrenching story about the abuse of two young girls, but it’s so much more than that!  It’s a story about love; familial love, romantic love and the love of good friends.  And, ultimately, it’s a story about owning your past so that you can take control of your future.

Intertwined with the core of the story is a group of unforgettable characters and rich humor that only Cathy Lamb could bring to such a serious subject matter. Their mother, grandparents, childhood friends and adult acquaintances are people we all know – or wish we knew – and lend just enough humor to the story to keep the reader from suffocating in the terrible trauma that was Madeline and Annie’s lives. Beautifully written and a story that won’t soon be forgotten by the reader. 

To read more about The First Day of the Rest of My Life, follow this link.  For more information about Cathy Lamb or to find a listing of her other amazing novels, visit her website at  

~ Catherine H. Armstrong


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