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Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Mothers & Other Liars

Mothers & Other Liars
by Amy Bourret

Quote: " I had no one. I wanted to go back there, to California. I guess I thought maybe I could find my mother, some of her, there on the beach." ~ Ruby pg. 64

Started: Oct. 20, 2012
Finished: Oct. 24, 2012

356 pages/ hardcover, large print edition

From the Cover:
Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting nineteen-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward to the present: 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 her 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 carjackers. Then Ruby faces a choice no mother should have to make.

My Review:
What an amazing, heart wrenching, sad story! I know this book is fiction, but all through out I kept wanting to ask..."What happened next?" I honestly felt like someone was telling the story, their story. It was so well written. The characters were exactly what each of them should have been. Very well developed and believable. Even on the pages that made me want to cry, scream or slap them. 
This story is all about decisions. Human logic or lack of and how each decision has a spiraling effect it has on everyone around. Was there a right/wrong answer? 
While I did love this book dearly, there were a few things I would have changed. 
***SPOILERS***
1. I wanted more of Chaz ( IMO, easy-way-out was such a turn-off)
2. Someone needed to slap/punch/shake some sense into Darla!!! (man vs. child thing irritates me!!!)
3. Ruby just forgetting she wasn't biologically Lark's mother(it was mentioned to Chaz)So, not believable! Really?!?!!?
4. What was the deal with everyone's dogs???? Not an important element, too much focus on them.
Ok, I will stop there.
I would definitely recommend this book to any mother. Great show of a mother's love and determination to "save" a child!
* 5 stars*

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