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Friday, July 1, 2011

MOTHERS & OTHER LIARS by Amy Bourret

Ruby never dreamed that she had done anything wrong by rescuing Lark, an abandoned infant, but now she is forced to make a decision that will change her life, and Lark's, forever.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a thought-provoking book. It's always nice when a book ends in a pleasing way.

Anonymous said...

The whole story is based on the idea of "What would you do if you rescued an abondoned baby and later found out the parents were looking for it." There is just a single plot driving the whole thing, so if the premise isn't interesting to you, the whole book won't be.

The chapters are very short -- some less than a page. It's like the writer felt she wasn't making progress unless she finished a chapter. It gets annoying. Some of the writing is overly creative -- poetic instead of prose, which gets cumbersome.

Overall, not too bad. I wish I could have read about the child's point of view, too, though.

Emilee said...

It was sort of a slow paced book but I enjoyed it. Sometimes the characters drove me crazy. I'm glad things turned out the way they did.

Anonymous said...

I really liked this book. The short chapters are nice because it makes you think you actually making progress. I thought the writing was good. To me it was not overly anything. I hate it when authors get 'wordy'. Liked the ending, but thought it could have gone a little bit further.

Trish said...

I think that there was a conflict in the book that makes it interesting. What if you found a baby? What if you found your baby that was taken many years before? What possible solutions could/would you consider? It held my attention. Many times I asked myself, "Is the author REALLY going THERE with this story?!?!". But, in the end I enjoyed the book.
I found the 116 chapters in a 288 page book to be very annoying. To the point of distraction.
I would also agree that it was a bit overdone at times with the wordy descriptions, etc.

Anonymous said...

I liked this story and felt it was thought provoking. I agreed with the main character's decision to "trade" kids since the baby she was going to birth would not have any memories with her or an established life, friends, etc. like her daughter Lark had. I don't think it would be easy obviously. I like the happy ending. I felt the author wrote with a lot of insight into the emotional issues inherent for both parent and child in this situation. Afterwards I read that the author had experience working cases with children so her insight was first-hand.

Ninalyn said...

I loved this thought provoking book.