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Mothers and Other Liars
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Mothers and Other Liars by Amy BourretTen years ago, Ruby Leander was a scared, runaway nineteen year-old who found a baby at an Oklahoma rest stop. Overwhelmed by memories of her own abandonment years earlier, she made a split-second decision to put the baby in her car and keep driving. Over the years, Ruby and her daughter Lark made a home for themselves in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When Ruby reads a magazine article about an infant kidnapped by carjackers, the lie that she created about Lark's origins is shattered. Ruby never dreamed that she had done anything wrong by rescuing an abandoned infant, but now she is forced to make a decision that will change her life, and Lark's, forever. Like the best of Billie Lets and Marisa de los Santos, Amy Bourret's Mother's And Liars is women's fiction that tugs at the heartstrings while posing serious questions to the reader.
ReviewsWatch your back, Jodi Picoult! Here comes Bourret, a Yale-trained lawyer who practiced child-advocacy law and draws on past experiences for her gripping first novel. When Ruby was 19, she found a baby abandoned in a rest-stop trash can. Thinking she is doing the right thing, Ruby takes the baby to raise as her own. Flash forward nine years, and Ruby and the little girl, Lark, are a happy family in New Mexico, where Ruby works as a nail technician. They have a large network of friends and bond with Ruby's boyfriend's family. Then Ruby sees a tabloid article about an abandoned baby, and everything tilts. Lark wasn't simply left, she was kidnapped, and now Ruby must figure out what to do. The choices she makes tear her world apart. VERDICT Bourret nails the character development and pacing that make a good novel compelling. She unfolds her well-written, dramatic story in tidbits that will make readers hungry for more. Perfect for summer reading. --Library Journal
What a joy to discover a wonderful storyteller like Amy Bourret. Her debut novel,
Mothers and Other Liars, underscores not only the strength of the ties that bind mother and daughter but those that connect friends, as well. The love between Ruby and Lark goes to my heart. Amy Bourret's voice is one of compassion and humor, and I want to hear it again and again.
--Sandra Dallas, New York
Times bestselling author of Prayers For Sale
This lovely, lyrical novel is one that will have you on the edge of your seat as you wipe a tear from your eye... The dialogue sings on every page and the story rings with authenticity. Anyone who loved Marisa de Los Santos's Love Walked In will love this.
--Eileen Goudge, New York
Times bestselling author of The Diary
Bourret has created a wonderfully flawed character who is willing to do whatever it takes to keep a promise to her child. There is nothing predictable about this story of love and sacrifice. Ruby is confronted with an