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Mothers and Other Liars

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,451 ratings  ·  426 reviews
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 thr
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Griffin (first published July 26th 2010)
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Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well written book about a young woman who makes a life altering decision at age 19, and 10 years later has to face the consequences of that decision. The characters are all believable and wonderfully portrayed. Some of the plot twists aren’t quite so believable, but the author pulls them off well.

I had a hard time with some of the decisions that Ruby made, especially one big one. I had a feeling that the ending would turn out somewhat that way it did, but I wasn’t sure how the author
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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 marr ...more
Nichole Johnson
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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May 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
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 th
Beth Ann
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: single moms
Recommended to Gloria ~ by: Amazon
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 ra
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 custom
Mar 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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 Ch ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Won from first reads (!!!)
May 31

Waiting for mail....

update: Got it! :)

First of all, one word: Tissues! lol

Before 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 kid
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read this year!
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Miki Garrison
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 over ...more
Cherie Robinson
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 throug ...more
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, adoption, family
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 decisi
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 thr
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 l
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read, fiction
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 ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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 ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 deci ...more
Shannon  Jones
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Caren Nelson
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Caren by: Dalene
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
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 fam ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 mo
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