If the title doesn’t grab you, the story will. In a style similar to Jodi Picoult’s, author Amy Bourret takes a controversial subject and somehow manages to sympathetically portray both sides of the issue in Mothers and Other Liars.
Ruby was only 19 when she discovered an abandoned infant in a trash can at an Oklahoma rest stop. She raises the baby girl as her own. After nine years they have settled into a comfortable and happy life in Sante Fe, New Mexico, with a “family” of very supportive friends. Then one day she happens to read a magazine article about a baby who was unintentionally kidnapped by car-jackers. Ruby realizes that life as she knows it is over. Will she choose to move to Mexico and live a life on the run? Or will she present herself to the authorities and suffer the consequences? Her choice is further complicated by that fact that she is pregnant by her boyfriend of 3 years.
As a Yale Law School graduate who practiced included child advocacy law, author Bourret brings real-life experience to the tale. The courtroom scenes seem particularly dramatic. However, the real kicker comes at the end of the story. Sorry — but you’ll need to read it to find out what happens!