Mothers and Other Liars

Mothers and Other Liars

by Amy Bourret
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Mothers and Other Liars by Amy Bourret

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429929523
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 513,921
File size: 369 KB

About the Author

Amy Bourret is a Yale Law School graduate and former partner in a national law firm. In school and in her practice, she did pro bono work for child advocacy organizations, where the passion that fuels her novel Mothers and Other Liars was born. She has also been a gymnast, event planner, community volunteer, judicial clerk, official neighborhood bee catcher, corporate communications director, and flower girl at a tadpole funeral, but above all, she has always been a writer. She splits her time between Dallas and Aspen.


Amy Bourret is a Yale Law School graduate and former partner in a national law firm.  In school and in her practice, she did pro bono work for child advocacy organizations, where the passion that fuels her novel, Mothers and Other Liars was born.  She has also been a gymnast, event planner, community volunteer, judicial clerk, official neighborhood bee catcher, corporate communications director, and flower girl at a tadpole funeral, but above all, she has always been a writer. She splits her time between Dallas and Aspen.

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Mothers and Other Liars 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts kind of slow but builds until you feel that you know these characters and can't wait to see how the situation unfolds. There is an unexpected ending. Definitely a good read!
libbyloo More than 1 year ago
This well-written story with amazing twists and turns kept me up all night. And now I just keep thinking about Ruby and Lark as if they were my friends. I hope the author writes a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mothers and Other Liars is overall a good read. There were several surprises as I followed the story of Ruby and Lark. However, the ending was a bit too cookie-cutter for me in that is seemed very unrealistic. I love a happy ending but in a story about a child being legally taken from the mother who raised her, I expect at least a little heartbreak. This book was filled with very interesting, different characters and somehow they all ended up perfectly happy in the end. Other than that though, the story is gripping and entertaining. SPOILER: Did anyone else find it hard to imagine explaining to the son Ruby had that he would have been raised by two different people had they wanted him? I thought that was strange especially since the grief Ruby felt for her newborn son was pretty brief in the story.
PurpleLibra More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the story!! Ok, in all fairness, this book was such an amazing story, it deserves a 5 out of 5. BUT, the thing that kept it from being a perfect score - the way the chapters were presented... roughly 2 pages each!! That could very well be the author's writing style. But, 117 mini-chapters could have easily been 12-20 larger chapters.
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This book was amazing! It really hit home for me, I could not put it down, it plays with your emotions and gets you engrossed in the characters and you fall in love with every bit of this story. Must have for your bookshelf!!
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HDgirl More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Very well writen and enjoyable to read. Really makes you think, could this really happen??
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couldn't wait to get back to this book!! loved the characters, loved the story!
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
Am embarrassed to admit that this book has been sitting on my shelf for several months, forgotten and neglected. After finally reading it, I'm sorry I waited so long. It was so good, I could barely put it down! The characters were unbelievably real, the situation they find themselves in was heartbreaking, and the writing was amazing! Ruby is a loving mother who I liked from the very beginning. She has made a good life for herself, with an adorable daughter, great friends, and a wonderful boyfriend. But it all threatens to come crashing down when she happens upon an article in a tabloid. The ramifications are devastating. One of the things I liked about Ruby is that she doesn't have all of the answers and makes mistakes. Who knows how anyone would react if faced with the same situation, but I found myself respecting her choices. I liked almost all of the characters, even if they didn't behave the way I wanted them to. The writing was beautiful, as it flowed so smoothly that I totally got lost in the story. Great pacing, strong characters, wonderful writing; the only thing that kept this from being a 5/5 was the ending, which I didn't find believable and sort of jerked me out of the moment. Up until the last few chapters, it's a solid story. Aside from the end, I loved this book! Even that didn't ruin the book, just stopped it from being perfect for me. Others may very well love the ending, so curious if anyone else has a different take? Don't make the same mistake I did in ignoring this book! Go! Read it! And let's discuss that ending!
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Nineteen year old Ruby Leander was leaving Oklahoma for California following her grandmother's funeral. Stopping at a rest stop changed Ruby's life forever when she discovered an abandoned infant. Nine years later Ruby is now living in New Mexico with her daughter, Lark, and dating Chaz, a local policeman. A nail technician, Ruby sees a magazine article with a photo of a missing infant that can only be Lark and the parents who have been looking for her for almost a decade. Shocked, scared and unsure what to do, Ruby's decision is taken out of her hands when Lark discovers the article in Ruby's purse. Ruby's consults an attorney in her quest to do the right thing, even though she can't imagine life without Lark. Complicating matters, she discovers that she is pregnant with Chaz' child. Ms. Bourret's novel was a delight to read with good characters and strong writing until she injected a ridiculous plot line worthy of King Solomon in the Old Testament. Downhill from there; you should skip this one. Lynn Kimmerle
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