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Publisher's Summary

In this stirring prequel, New York Times best-selling author Mary Monroe returns to the “cold-blooded yet fascinating” (Publishers Weekly) character from her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Ruby is a wild youth, with a thirst for boys and booze by the age of 15. When she discovers she’s pregnant, the only person she can confide in is her best friend Othella. But Othella talks Ruby into giving up the child, leaving Ruby emotionally shattered and adamant that Othella is to blame for her loss.
©2011 Mary Monroe (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Princess K on 02-19-18

Held my interest

This prequel did a good job giving more backstory to the troubled upbringing of Othella and Mama Ruby and came full circle in the final few moments. It had quite a bit of action throughout and really held my interest. In the Upper Room I wasn't sure that I liked the narrarator, but in Mama Ruby I have decided that I have become rather fond of him and his voices. In fact I have started Lost Daughters (the 3rd book in the series) and I find myself really missing him as this new narrator is HORRIBLE as is this sloooooow Lost Daughters storyline. But back to this book, while there were a few inconsistencies from Mama Ruby and Upper Room, all in all the author did a great job tying them in. I am hoping that the big secret revealed in the final moments of Mama Ruby - the one she died without knowing, will tie into the Lost Daughters book and make it worth my while reading.

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1 out of 5 stars
By dee dee J on 10-28-11

I am disappointed!!

After reading the first book "The Upper Room" I was very excited when this book came out!!
I was even excited that the same reader Kevin Free was narrator.
While the Upper room was over the top with the story...it included humor and suspense. This book was to tell the story of Ruby from a child to young womanhood. It was way to much sex and violence. Yes, the first book had the same but, the story was better told. This one seemed thrown together and offered no sympathy for the characters.
The reader did the best he could with what he had...

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