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How far will a mother go to save her child?Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting nineteen-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward nine years: Ruby and her daughter Lark live in New Mexico. Lark is a precocious, animal loving imp, and Ruby has built a family for them with a wonderful community of friends and her boyfriend of thrHow far will a mother go to save her child?Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting nineteen-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward nine years: Ruby and her daughter Lark live in New Mexico. Lark is a precocious, animal loving imp, and Ruby has built a family for them with a wonderful community of friends and her boyfriend of three years. Life is good. Until the day Ruby reads a magazine article about parents searching for an infant kidnapped by car-jackers. Then Ruby faces a choice no mother should have to make. A choice that will change both her and Lark's lives forever....

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Number of Pages : 298 Pages
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Mothers and Other Liars Reviews

  • Ash
    2019-06-18 10:09

    I don't even know what to say. I loved the book and really felt for Ruby and Lark until page 172 where she drops the bomb that totally obliterates the story for me. Quick Overview: At age 19 Ruby was headed to California, but at a rest stop her plans change. There she finds an abandoned baby and immediately feels a connection and need to protect her. Nine years later, her and Lark have made a family. With close friends, her boyfriend Chaz, and a baby on the way they have a good life. Until Ruby sees the article that could take Lark away from her; an article that says of a baby that was kidnapped during a carjacking. How could Ruby ever make the choice that could take away her precocious, wide-eyed Lark?At first I really thought I was going to love it. I was totally on board and rooting for Lark and Ruby, just waiting for things to finally work out. I was already getting choked up and sure that I would cry at the end. Then half way through, BOOM! I don't know if this women is on crack or if she's just missing some brain cells, but what makes her think that, THAT'S a GOOD idea! Just to clarify, this WTF!?! moment I'm talking about is Ruby's plan to (don't think this is much of a spoiler) get back Lark after she's taken away. Not only that, but the reactions that some of the characters had to it just floored me and seemed totally uncharacteristic.First off, any opposing view is either explained away "rationally" or shoved aside with the fact that Ruby just "feels it's the right thing". You can't think of this rationally! There's a kid involved! This is not a math problem a child feelings and well-being is at stake. "The Feeling"? Lame excuse. Lark, being the "wise, old-soul" child that she is, just comes to "understand" that Ruby's decision is for the best. No guilt and not many questions. Oh, well how convenient.Besides that the characters don't act consistently. Antoinette is Ruby's best friend and Chaz's sister and they are explained as coming from a very close, traditional Hispanic-Catholic family, but time and time again Antoinette sides with Ruby over her family. I'm telling you this isn't small stuff, this is HUGE. Without much further explanation she just sides with Ruby. IN FACT, she apologies for her family’s behavior and hopes that Ruby is still her friend. Chaz is just all over the place. I just can't believe that he would act that way at the end. His character was treated very unfairly, mostly used to the benefit of making Ruby look better.I could go on, but I think that the main point is that Ruby's decision is selfish. She doesn't look too much into the future consequences for everyone involved; she just wants Lark back and again has a "feeling" that she's doing the right thing. Everything just magically works out for the best at the end and she doesn't have to actually deal with any of the consequences of her decision. It almost felt like a passive-aggressive "Ha! See, told you I was right!” The end is happy and I have to admit that I did feel happy for them, even just a little bit because the writing really does get you emotionally invested in these characters. I'm not taking anything away from the author on that point, she can write. I just wish it would've been for a story that I actually enjoyed.

  • Lynn
    2019-06-04 09:06

    I have put off writing a review because I really don't know what I wanted to say about this book. The premise is intriguing, of course: A teenager finds an abandoned baby in a trash barrel just as she is setting off to begin life as a true orphan herself, the grandmother who raised her having recently died. Naturally, she keeps the baby. Jump immediately ahead 9 years to where the teenager, Ruby, now an adult woman has a perfect, loving relationship with her daughter, Lark, is engaged to be married, has an almost idyllic life when - lo and behold - she finds out that, the baby wasn't abandoned, as she had originally thought - she had been the victim of a car-jacking gone wrong and the birth parents are searching for her! What is a mother to do? To say this stretches the borders of credibility would be like saying Niagra Falls dumps a little water. The choices Ruby and some of the other characters make are dumb-founding, and the way it works out in the end is about as believable as Cinderella. The writing is uneven. Sometimes it's really good, and sometimes the metaphors and similes are so odd, it interferes with the story. I wanted to keep reading and I wanted to put it down in equal measure the whole time.

  • Kaion
    2019-06-17 06:51

    Nine years ago, when she was feeling utterly alone, Ruby found a baby with large eyes staring at her from the trash can of a truck rest stop. She took it as a sign, and carved out a happy life with "Lark" under the blue dome of sky of Santa Fe. Until she found out Lark wasn't as abandoned as she'd thought, and no matter what she does now, she stands to lose her daughter.Another reviewer pretty aptly said that Mothers and Other Liars strains credibility. While truth is stranger than fiction, I think a lot of the problem is that the entire novel solely follows Ruby's point of view. It's all a little too weepy and subjective... after-school-special/non-titillating Lifetime movie rather than managing to illuminate social problems. The premise is plenty grabbing, but for some reason Amy Bourret often plays little games of "hideaway" with incredibly transparent plot developments. The tension in the story should result from Ruby's knowledge of how painful and hopeless each choice she makes will be, not "twists", so these writer-ly games don't add anything to the proceedings.In fact, the whole novel feels like it's playing safe, too scared to really push past the rose-colored sunsets even when we're supposed to believe Ruby's heart-wrenching despair over her moral dilemmas. Here, children are always precocious, men always suck, best girl friends are always supportive, and good intentions always pay off. It's all so detached from the real world, that there's no real connection to the main character. Ironic, because Amy Bourret hasn't met an emotional metaphor that she doesn't love. Rating: 2 stars**This is a review of the ARC I won through Goodreads.

  • Nichole Johnson
    2019-05-28 07:55

    This book started off great. The characters were likable and the writing was nice. But after page 179 I started to dislike this book more and more. This idea of "swapping" children was unbelievable. It would have been different if at page 179 Ruby found out she was pregnant and decided to put this child up for adoption. And then once they showed that Chaz was not on board with this idea, I knew what was coming next. It actually surprised me, because I thought he would have died in the accident. But then after he survives, he cheats on her? And to top it off, out of the blue, after telling her how absurd her "plan" was, he not only signs off his rights but up and leaves? I find this pretty far fetched. Of course, then the last couple of chapters began and the story gets even more unbelievable. After all the fighting the Tinsdales did for Lark and then Charlie, now they don't want the baby after all? And Ruby lives happily ever after.It was a disappointment. Like I said earlier, I started out liking this book a lot. To me it was a unique story, but, unfortunately, the author seemed to "blockbuster" it up to the point of being horrible.

  • Beth Ann
    2019-05-30 09:58

    All mothers face difficult decisions as they raise their children but in Mothers and Other Liars the choices made by Ruby come back to haunt her years later. The emotional and somewhat unrealistic story unfolds and as I read more I had to continue to see how author Amy Bourret wrapped the story up. Lots of twists and turns in this one but an easy read that I enjoyed.

  • Gloria Bernal
    2019-06-06 08:03

    This is a perfect title for this novel. I was sent the the pre-release to review for Amazon online. The unique plot line and the recommendations on the cover from many of my favorite authors had me excited to begin it. Ruby is a 19-year old leaving her home town in search of a new life out west. She has no family, and feeling very alone when she discovers an abandoned baby girl at a rest stop and decides to keep her and raise her as her own. Nine years later she discovers that the girl she is raising was not "discarded" as she had thought, but has biological parents looking for her all these years believing she was abducted. What Ruby decides to do, now that she has matured and is expecting her own child will affect the lives of the girl she is raising and the child she is carrying, not to mention everyone related or associated with both children, such as friends, and even the dog. I liked many things about this clean book (no bad language, even in stressful situations) - the setting, originality, the prose, and especially a powerful plot line. This could have been an extra-ordinary work. I felt that it lacked character development, not so much with Ruby, but some situations with the daughter, and especially with her fiance, Chaz, father of the unborn child that she is carrying and his Latino family. Ruby's plan to "fix things" brings about a volatile situation that could have been capitalized on by the writer. Initially Chaz and his family have strong opinions about everything, but it all falls by the wayside and we, as readers, are not privvy to their discussion of it and all of the reasons why things turned out as they did.The trial part of the novel was done well, the author's expertise here is evident. I cannot agree that the author's work in this novel compares with Marisa de los Santos or Jodi Picoult's, but she is definitely talented. I will look forward to her future works. This one will be released next month, in August. Pick it up and let me know what you think.

  • Karen
    2019-05-28 11:05

    This book annoyed me after reading it, and in retrospect, angered me. It was well-written, but completely heavy-handed, with (barely)plausible but unrealistic plot twists instead of character development, and "messages" instead of themes. I got very stressed out by the events in the middle (during the worst case scenario part), and skimmed through the rest just to find out what happened (the rosy end). The author seemed to be trying to include lessons on ethics, trauma, child welfare, and the law, instead of developing a story with natural integrity. The book also took itself way too seriously, with very little to no humor. In thinking more about it, I also didn't like the messages it ultimately conveyed. I thought that at least someone in the story should have been truly focused on thinking about the needs of the children, not the rights and needs of all the parents. Ruby did this occasionally, but it was never clearly articulated, and in my opinion, the unequivocal message of the book should have been that children can manage the challenges that come with multiple attachments if they are adequately supported.

  • Dianna
    2019-05-29 08:09

    What a great tale about love and nurture over nature. After her grandmother dies, Ruby decides to leave Iowa and travel to California. At one of the rest stops she finds an abandoned baby in the garbage can and feels the need to rescue her. After a wrong turn off the highway, Ruby ends up in a small town in New Mexico. She has raised her "daughter" Lark, on her own for almost 10 years when this story begins. She reads an article in a magazine. That's when her life is turned upside-down.There are a few touching moments (grab your tissues!) and the dialogue between Ruby and Lark is precious! The chapters are short but the story is huge. This was 3.8 stars so I had to give it 4. A must read.

  •  Rogue
    2019-06-12 08:55

    Won from first reads (!!!)May 31:DWaiting for mail....update: Got it! :)First of all, one word: Tissues! lolBefore reading make sure you have a box of tissues on hand (even you Arlene! ;) This story starts nine years after a 19 year old girl finds a baby abandoned in a trash can at a truck stop on the highway. Nine years of building a new life. Nine years of building a family. Nine years of lies. All of which will unravel in a instant when someone ressruects a cold case about a baby that was kidnapped nine years ago. Get prepared for some angst! :)There were a few editing errors, but I liked the story very much.

  • Ginger
    2019-05-27 10:06

    Loved this book! Could identify with the major characters. What I loved about it: it was the kind of book that made you think "what would I do?". I read this book last fall & I still think about it. Now that's saying something about the book AND the author!

  • Daniela
    2019-06-06 12:02

    *Spoiler Alert* I'm not really sure where to start about this story. I cannot ever fathom having to be where Ruby was in this story. In the middle of such a heart breaking decision & situation. I know, it's easy for me to say that I would have done things much differently, than Ruby did, as a reader, but after finishing this story, I put myself in Ruby's shoes and tried to go through all the emotions that Ruby had to have gone through.At 19, Ruby's world comes crashing down, because her Grandmother and the ONLY guardian in her life, passes away. She leaves behind the town she grew up in to move to California. On route there, she comes across a stop and finds a baby in the trash can. Ruby decides right then and there to take the baby with her, to keep her safe. She embarks on a NEW life with this child, she names Lark. For 9 years, Ruby & Lark, go through life together. Lark, never knowing that Ruby is NOT her mother or the story of how they came to be. She's told that her father passed away, but in reality it's Ruby's grandfather's story that she's told. After 9 years, Ruby has made a new life for herself. Filled with wonderful new friends, a hair styist career, and a boyfriend of 3 years, that she's in love with. A boyfriend with whom she's about to have a baby with.Then, one day, all of this comes crashing down around. All because of ONE wrong move. One moment can cost Ruby all she's WORKED so hard to achieve. In the newspaper, looking back at her, is her Lark's picture. Titled with "Missing Child". Lark's biological parents are still SEARCHING for their missing daughter. The daughter that Ruby has made her own. This child, whom Ruby though was abandoned and left to die in a garbage bag. Ruby, finds out, through the newspaper, that Lark, in fact was NOT abandoned, but kidnapped by druggies who stole a car, not knowing the baby was in the back seat, and then left her. All of Ruby's worst nightmares comes true. Lark is found by her biological parents. Ruby's being charged and could be sent to jail. Her boyfriend Chaz, of 3 years, is by her side, but, when ONE decision Ruby makes ruins everything, how will their love survive? Ruby will stop at nothing to get Lark back. That's how she comes up with the idea of swaping this baby boy that she's having for Lark. Setting up two adoptions. When she brings this decision to Chaz, he's obviously NOT happy about this, nor is he agreeing. Their fighitng leads to a horrible car accident for Chaz. Little by little, Ruby, Chaz and all around them, fight to keep their sanity. Ruby's decision of swaping kids, really horrified me. I was on Chaz's side the whole time about that. How could you as a mother, want to take a son away from his father, just to get back another child that you love? A child that is not truly yours. A child that was stolen from other parents, whom are looking for her? Whom haven't stopped looking for her? I don't know if I'd be able to do that. Swap my child for another. What Ruby goes through in this joruney and with this decision is such heart break. She never waivered though. Her mission was to get Lark back, and little by little, she's bound to achieve it. I was blown away by the end, and how things came to be and worked out. I was moved, saddened, shocked, annoyed, mad, and then happy, understanding, and supportive. Although, I have to ask the question, if it didn't end the way that it ended, how could this have worked? How could all of this made sense?Read this book. It's a great story, beautifully written and an emotional rollercoaster!

  • Miki Garrison
    2019-06-11 08:08

    While I often enjoy literary fiction with emotionally intense family dramas, they are usually the sort of book that I read off and on over a few weeks. With "Mothers and Other Liars", however, I finished it in one night -- by the point where I would normally put the book down for the day, I was drawn in too deeply and needed to see it straight through.This is the story of Ruby, a young mother in a small New Mexico town who makes a startlingly personal discovery while reading the tabloids at work one day. The consequences of that discovery -- and her own choices a decade earlier -- unfold throughout the book, as Ruby struggles to stay single-minded and focused on doing what is right for her daughter Lark, even to the cost of losing almost everything else in her life. The book does an amazing job of showing the interaction of these events and the tapestry of Ruby's relationships.Things I loved about this book?* The setting in the small, New Mexico town felt fresh and different. I've read far too many family dramas set in the generic South, and this was a welcome change.* There was an amazing amount of diversity and strength in Ruby's friendships, and the author did a great job of showing both how they'd built up to that point, and how they were affected by the events of the story.* Even in the midst of all of this, Ruby's life wasn't *just* about the plot events. She still had other parts of her life that were important to her, that she struggled to keep in balance: her job at the salon, her reclaimed wood furniture business, her home and her dog, her friends and her relationship with Chaz.The only thing about this book that frustrated me was a point at which Lark moves off-screen for awhile. While it makes sense, as the story is driven by Ruby's perspective, I was actually growing anxious and wondering what was happening to her -- which of course made reading about Ruby's struggles during this time all the more real. So while it was transiently frustrating, I think it added to the effect of the book overall.This is one of these books that you can read, and then will suddenly wake up thinking about again, days later. Intense, thought-provoking, and genuine -- well worth the read.

  • Nely
    2019-06-20 13:41

    I always have a soft spot for stories about mothers and their love for a child/children and this one won a place in my heart from the first turn of its page. I was able to connect with Ruby from the start.At 19, Ruby Oleander finds a baby in a trash can while at a rest stop. Believing that the child was abandoned she grabs that baby and heads off out west in search of a new life and the ocean. Nine years later, she and her daughter Lark, have made a nice life for themselves. Lark is a sweet girl and you can instantly tell that she is being raised in a loving and doting home surrounded by wonderful friends. But all that is about to change when Ruby finds a picture of an infant in the newspaper whose parents have been searching for over the past nine years.What an interesting premise! I cannot say how many times I questioned myself and what my instinct would have been had I been the one in a situation like this. This is Ruby's story and what cost she'll have to pay in order to do the right thing.Although some parts were a stretch of the imagination, I really enjoyed the honest feel of the emotions that were written plainly on every page. I felt the tension throughout the courtroom drama scenes and the relief at the support of various friends and community members.As a mother you can't help but relate to Ruby. I had this churning feeling in my stomach at times while reading because of the heart-wrenching, unthinkable decisions she has to make and their related consequences. There were moments that had me unexpectedly tightening my throat or that caused the watering of my eyes.This is the story of a mother and a daughter whose lives are turned upside down when a dark secret comes to light. Your emotions will be all over the place - you won't know whose side you're on since there isn't a villain - these are just people following their hearts and doing the best they can to live their lives. An amazing story of love, hope and forgiveness. A must read.This book was provided for review by St. Martin's Griffin.

  • Shelley
    2019-06-17 13:51

    Fellow nestie Jennie won the an ARC (advanced reading copy) of Mothers & Other Liars by Amy Bourret on Goodreads. It was such a good book she decided to start a nestie book tour for it. I was the second to get it, and I finished it in less than 2 days (probably could have finished it in one sitting if we weren't so busy). I really enjoyed it. My only minor annoyance was that there were a LOT of similes.. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love a good simile every once in awhile, but there was an overload of them in the book. But the story is so good it's easy to get past that, or at least it was for me.The book is about 27 year old Ruby and her 9 year old daughter Lark. Within the first couple pages, you learn that Ruby reads something in a tabloid about her daughter that worries her. Turns out the abandoned baby she rescued 9 years ago from a gas station garbage can was in fact a "kidnapped" baby (the baby's mother was carjacked, and her car was stolen, along with the baby in her car seat). No one in Ruby's life knew that Lark wasn't biologically hers, or how Ruby came about Lark. Ruby is torn between doing the right thing (reporting what really happened that day and giving up Lark to her biological parents) or or keeping quiet and not breaking up their happy little family. The rest of the book is about Ruby's torn feelings, her decision and the results of her decision. It is an amazing book, especially if you're a mother (as the two previous readers in the ARC tour are), but even if you're not, you'll find it tugging at your heart strings. I recommend it to anyone who likes Jodi Picoult or Billie Letts (or any other similar author). It is released in book stores (and libraries) nationwide on August 3rd. Check it out!

  • Cherie Robinson
    2019-06-15 10:45

    This book was by far one of the best I've read in a very long time! I guess I could relate to it so well because I am a mother myself. I couldn't put this book down, it kept me enthralled. I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen next and the book was so full of twists and turns, most of which were unexpected and a few that I saw coming before they actually happened. While reading this I felt so many emotions and felt so connected to the characters and what they were going through each step of their journey. I love how creative the author was when using descriptive words in this book also. The storyline tells of a young woman (Ruby) who found a infant (Lark) in a trashcan at a rest stop and thinking that the child has been abandoned Ruby decides to take the child and raise her as her own. As the story unfolds their are countless challenges needing to be overcome after Ruby learns 9 years later that the child she has raised and loved dearly was actually not abandoned after all but was actually kidnapped during a carjacking incident. Ruby struggles with the decision that she knows she must the right thing and risk losing her daughter, or keep quiet and live on the run. There were lots of hard decisions made by Ruby as the story unfolded most I agreed with, but there was one decision in particular that I wholeheartedly didn't agree with and I was angry for a short time that the book was taking this particular turn, and yet even though I didn't agree with where the storyline was heading, I still felt compelled to keep reading to see how it all turned out and I'm glad I did!

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-31 12:59

    A thouroughly unbelievable, although well-written, piece of fiction.Ruby loses her grandmother at age 19 so she sells the house, packs up the car and heads to California. Along the way, she finds a baby in a trash can. Not knowing anything about babies, she decides to keep it (I know, it just gets weirder), drives till the car breaks down, is immediately taken in by a kindly gay couple, given a job, an apartment and all the free child care she needs. A few years later, one of her manicure customers dies and leaves Ruby a house and an account to pay all the property taxes.Honestly, why didn't the author just have Ruby win the lottery -- it would have been more realisitc.From there, it just gets worse. Lark is an adorable 9 year old who never, ever gets on her mother's nerves. Her birth parents discover her existance and act like stereotypical villians from a Grim's Fairy tail, dragging Ruby into court and doing everything possible to ensure that their daughter won't bond with them.Ruby spends most of her time, dissolving in to tears and not working but not having to worry about money because one of her rich lesbian friends picks up all her legal bills for her.I have never read a more embarrassing collection of plot points. If you like laugh out loud fantasy with a main character who spends most of her time sobbing and feeling helpless, you might enjoy this.

  • Jasmyn
    2019-05-25 12:52

    An early review book that I hesitated to request, but am glad that I did. Ruby Leander has a secret, some would call it horrible, some would say deep dark, but I don't think any of those could really apply. Her daughter, Lark, isn't really hers. She found her in a trash can as she traveled to her new life out west. Assuming the baby had been abandoned, Ruby is shocked when nine years later, she finds that Lark's real parents have been looking for her all this time.The story follows Ruby's decision to do the right thing and how it impacts the lives of all around her. Ruby and Lark go through a roller coaster ride of emotions as Ruby is charged with kidnapping and faces never seeing her beloved Lark again.While I found much of the plot line to be strain believablilty, it still brought me into the lives of this small family. Their emotions were written plainly on every page and touched my heart. Ruby struggles with her decisions, constantly second guessing herself if what she decided was best for Lark. Lark struggles to find who she really is now that she knows her true history. Every day brings a new challenge into their lives and they overcome them as best they can.3.5/5

  • Louise
    2019-05-30 10:53

    The main protagonist, Ruby Leander, was nineteen years old when she stumbled upon a baby in a trash can at a rest stop in Oklahoma. Ruby is unsure what to do but makes an instant decision, without thinking, and takes the baby.Nine years later, Ruby and her daughter, Lark, live in New Mexico. During the past nine years, Ruby and Lark have carved out a happy life together. They have many friends, a loving dog named Clyde, Ruby has a job as a manicurist at her friends’ beauty salon and a loving three year relationship with her boyfriend, Chaz, life is good for Ruby and Lark.However, that happy life is soon to be turned upside down when Ruby reads an article in a magazine about parents searching for a baby kidnapped by carjackers nine years ago. Ruby, startled and afraid, doesn’t know whether to take Lark and run, or stay, confess and face whatever comes. No mother should have to make the choices that Ruby is forced to make.Amy Bourret’s debut novel is a journey through betrayal and forgiveness, secrets of the past, and the love and dedication that defines “family”.I would highly recommend this book to everyone as this story will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

  • Laura
    2019-06-13 14:07

    Ruby Leander wants to escape after her beloved grandmother, the woman who raised her, passes away. While at a rest stop, she discovers an abandoned baby in the trash. Ruby rescues the baby, whom she names Lark, and raises her as her own daughter. She never told anyone, including the authorities, that she found Lark. Nine years later, Ruby and Lark are living a happy life surrounded by close friends. Ruby then accidentally discovers that Lark was not abandoned and has another family that has been searching for her. The decisions that Ruby must now make affect not only her and Lark but those that are close to them as well. Ruby must struggle with whether or not she should give up Lark and how can she make things right.While parts of this book are a little hard to believe, it was an entertaining and fast paced read once I got into it a little bit. I could really sympathize with Ruby who was doing what she thought was right at the time. I had a harder time with some of the decisions she made later. The supporting characters were believable as well in their support for Ruby and Lark.Book was received as part of the First Reads program.

  • Fran
    2019-06-07 12:48

    This book sounds soooo good! Thank you First Reads for choosing my name as one of your winners. Cannot wait to start reading it!My reading time does not allow me to read a book straight through, however, this one was definitely hard to put down. Having been a foster parent many times over, I know from experience, you don't have to give birth to feel like a child is a part of you. Ruby, the mother, had some heart-wrenching, unthinkable decisions she has to make and their related consequences to live with. The story tugs at your heartstrings in every direction imaginable. It's full of love, loss, and tough decisions, decisions one would hope they would never have to make. The supporting characters in the story are the kind of people I would want to have as friends in any difficult situation. Just a little explanation:I don't know if Chez's decision was the right one, I don't know that I could make the choice that Ruby made, and the ending seemed to come before the story was finished. However, the story was well written and I really liked Amy Bourret's writing style. I will definitely read other books by this author.

  • Sunday
    2019-05-22 07:08

    Ruby is a 19 year old who finds an abandonded baby at a rest stop and raises her on her own. Nine years later, Ruby and Lark are settled in New Mexico. Ruby has a boyfriend and is expecting another child. Then she finds out that Lark was not abandoned, but that the parents have been searching for her for nine years. The plot really intrigued me and I was drawn in quickly. I cried when Lark had to go stay with her biological family. But then the strange decisions start. A bargain is made to give up the child she is pregnant with in exchange for getting Lark back. Of course the baby's father is not on board, and neither is his family. But somehow that all gets swept away and the exchange happens anyway. There is a very emotional scene where the new baby is baptized and the father's whole family is there. But Ruby is still not happy. She misses her baby. Then comes the most incredible plot twist, the adoptive parents don't really want to be parents and want to give the baby back! Happy ending for all, but it feels very "fairy tale" and not realistic. Over all, it was great writing, but the story line just sprialed out of control and into the unbelievable.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-20 07:09

    I was extremely disappointed with this book. I had read a review of it somewhere and thought it sounded good, but it was overall very disappointing. The storyline follows Ruby and her daughter Lark. Ruby found Lark abandoned at a rest stop and decides to raise the baby instead of turning her over to the police. This decision will come to haunt her nine years later when Ruby sees a magazine article about parents looking for their kidnapped daughter - and that daughter is Lark. Ruby makes the decision to come forward and turn Lark over to her biological parents even though it's the hardest decision of her life. But this is where (in my opinion) the book starts to quickly move downhill. I won't give anything away, but every crazy scenario happens and then in the end Ruby gets everything tied up a little too perfectly. If this had been even slightly more realistic it would have been a LOT better, but this is one of the most unrealistic storylines I have ever read. I would NOT recommend this one at all and really wish I hadn't wasted my time with it.

  • Christie
    2019-06-07 14:02

    I liked this book despite the fact that the premise of the story is tired. A child is kidnapped and raised by the kidnappers as their own child. There seems to be many books that have already visited this premise. The book was saved by being unique. The kidnapper in the story was not aware that she was a kidnapper instead believing that she saved an abandoned baby. There were many unpredictable twists and turns in the story that saved it from being the same old story over and over again. The way it ended was a bit unbelievable though. The reason this book does not have a higher rating is the writing style. 100+ chapters for a 300 page book. Each paragraph does not need its own chapter though it does make it seem that you have achieved a lot in your reading time when you've covered 5 chapters in the 10 pages you've just read. The writing was also very simplified and some of the peripheral characters seemed one dimensional. It was a fun and easy read. Reading Scavenger Hunt: Stuffed Animal

  • ShannonJones
    2019-06-08 08:41

    I tore through this book in two days. Once I passed the halfway point I could not put it down until I knew how it ended. Ruby is 19 years old when she finds a baby in a trash can. Thinking the baby was abandoned she decides on a whim to keep it. 9 years later she and the baby, who she named Lark, are living in Santa Fe when Ruby learns the disturbing truth about Lark's origins, and has to make some difficult decisions. The book delves into the relationships between mothers and daughters and the definition of family. Ruby's 'family' (a lesbian couple and a dog) are well written and add a welcome touch of humor. The central conflict of the book tugs your heartstrings in every direction imaginable. Keep your tissues close by. The fact that there is no true villain, just makes it that much harder to see an acceptable ending. The ending was my only issue with the book. To me it was too quick, and felt contrived.

  • Caren Nelson
    2019-05-22 14:01

    I totally love this book right now...I'm about half-way through and I'm not sure where it will end up so I may change my mind, but so far I love the style of writing and the story is fairly provocative.I LOVED this book! If I hadn't been reading two other books, I would have finished this in a day. I did not want to put it down!"Lovely, lyrical...The dialogue sings on every page and the story rings with authenticity."Absolutely true. I loved the scenes she painted, the similes were beautiful and unique and the story was completely believable to me.As a Court TV junkie, the courtroom scenes were also very realistic without being dry. the story was unpredictable and there were so many layers to it. I also fell in love with the family that Ruby has cobbled together and the life she has made. Made me want to be her client, neighbor and friend. It was kind of like Jodi Picoult without the predictability (Sorry Jodi, it has been happening lately). Great book group book!!

  • Amy
    2019-05-23 11:59

    I really liked this book, even though it did strain the lines of credibility. My BIGGEST complaint was the overuse of metaphors and similies - EVERY sentence it seemed. Definitely to the point of very distracting. There were times that I skimmed the book due to the writing style. Yes, the ending was tied up neatly in a bow, almost, but truthfully, I needed it that way. The premise and how Ruby ends up with Lark is very interesting. I think the author let her audience down in how she portrayed Chaz.....she had such a great climax built in and then she just whisked him away. VERY Disappointing. This is one plot that really would have benefited from alternating between characters in telling the story. We missed way too much in just seeing Ruby's side. I liked the short chapters but towards the end she skipped ahead in time between chapters and nearly lost me trying to figure out what I missed. In the end....thought provoking and I REALLY wanted to finish it to see how it ended.

  • Corey
    2019-06-14 11:52

    I started reading this book on the heels of a not-so-great read and I was sucked in from the get-go and was quite into it. The more I read though, the more my eyebrows raised and the more I wanted to toss the book against a wall. I didn't read the reviews before picking it up and I wish now I would have because they all echo my basic problem with this book: Amy Bourret basically expects you to suspend all disbelief in this novel and it's not typically the kind of novel one expects that you to do so. The book is fast paced and engaging but about midway through the book it falls off a cliff in the plot line and it goes from crazy to crazier to WTF territory. I'm not a parent and I can't even buy some of these decisions that were made, I can't imagine what a mother or father would think.

  • Candice
    2019-05-29 09:43

    This would be a perfect book for a book discussion group, as there is so much to talk about. The book opens with Ruby finding a magazine article. It sets her into a tailspin of anxiety. Later we learn that the article is about her daughter, Lark, whom Ruby rescued from a trash barrel at a rest stop along the interstate. Ruby had assumed that Lark was abandoned, but now learns that the child was kidnapped. What’s a mother to do? She loves Lark with all her heart and soul, but there is another family who has been in pain for nine years after the loss of their precious daughter. The book is written in very short chapters, so it should be easy to pick up and put down, but there is so much suspense that you just want to keep on reading and reading from beginning to end. The characters were both believable and likeable. An excellent read about the power of mother love.

  • Beth
    2019-06-17 13:52

    This is a wonderful book. And while I don't know the author personally, she is a sorority sister, which is what brought the book to my attention in the first place. What I liked most about the book was it was one of those where I constantly wondered what I would do in those circumstances. Some of Ruby's choices are completely understandable and at the same time ridiculous or naive. Isn't that the benefit of hindsight? To quote another reviewer, "A little bit of courtroom drama, a whole lot of motherly love, and a big splash of family-made-from-friends makes for a good, quick read." The author is willing to meet with book clubs (via Skype or other means) and seems as passionate in person as her characters are in the book. I think it would make for a good book group choice because there are many decision points to explore, critique, and ponder.

  • Sandra
    2019-06-05 10:47

    This was an advanced copy I picked up at a conference, and I am definitely recommending it for our library's collection when it comes out in August. It's full of love, loss, and tough decisions. The story is that of a woman and her nine year old daughter, and how their world is turned inside out when past secrets come to light. A little bit of courtroom drama, a whole lot of motherly love, and a big splash of family-made-from-friends makes for a good, quick read. I can definitely see how this would be a good book group choice, with lots of areas for debate on whether certain decisions and actions were right, wrong, or justifiable.I think it will appeal to fans of Marisa de los Santos (Love Walked In) and Jodi Picoult.